Nfhs Launches First Rules Application For Mobile Devices

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which has written and published playing rules for high school sports throughout its 91-year history, has released its first rules application for mobile devices.

The 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules Application (App), which is now available in the Android Market, combines the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules Book and the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Case Book into one searchable mobile app. The material is cross-referenced to display related content, and is offered as a companion piece to the printed books.

Developed in partnership with ArbiterSports, the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules App is available at this time for Android devices only; however, the iPhone/iPad version will be released soon. In addition, apps for NFHS rules in other sports will be coming later this year and into 2012.

“We are excited about this technological advancement in our offerings of rules-related material,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “As the national leader of playing rules for high school sports, this is a natural progression in today’s fast-paced, online world. We believe these rules applications will be a great supplement to our printed publications.”

Currently, the NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for girls and boys competition at the high school level, and annually publishes about 25 rules books, case books, officials manuals and handbooks. More than 1.3 million copies of rules-related publications are distributed annually throughout the world.

In addition to basketball, the NFHS writes playing rules in the sports of baseball, cross country, field hockey, football, boys gymnastics, girls gymnastics, ice hockey, boys lacrosse, soccer, softball, spirit, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.

NFHS playing rules are written specifically for varsity competition among student-athletes of high school age and are intended to maintain the sound traditions of the sport, preserve the balance between offense and defense, encourage sportsmanship and minimize the inherent risk of injury for participants.