IHSA new ball
Illinois High School Association selects a new ball…
January 13, 2014
After five years of using Baden balls for IHSA state series events, Wilson balls will soon come off the shelf and back into the playing field for Illinois high school playoff events.
The IHSA board of directors approved a new ball contract during its Monday meeting. Wilson footballs, basketballs, baseballs, softballs and golf balls had been used during state series events from 1994 to 2009, when Baden took over the state contract.
The new agreement to use Wilson balls will take effect at the start of the 2014-15 school year. Schools are not required to use only Baden or Wilson balls for regular-season competition, but many choose to use the official ball anyway to prepare for postseason play.
The new contract with Wilson lasts for 10 years and will expire after the 2023-24 school year.
“We are appreciative of the quality and professionalism that Baden provided the IHSA and its member schools over the past five years,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said in a statement. “We also want to thank all the ball companies who took the time and resources to submit bids for this current contract. There were several strong bids from quality companies, which made for a difficult decision.”
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