Effective January 1, 2020 all 15u and higher (High School) age groups are required to use a catchers chest protector that is certified by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE).
High schools will require the catcher to wear a chest protector that meets the NOCSAE standard at the time of manufacture. The NOCSAE standard has been developed to protect the heart and continues the committee’s focus on minimizing risk of injury for players.
The following is a breakout of how the rule applies to each of our age groups:
For 15u-19u, as of 2020, Gopher State/MYAS will require all catchers to have certified NOCSAE Chest Protectors.
For 9u-14u, you will be allowed to use current Chest Protectors that are not NOCSAE certified however we HIGHLY recommend that you do use NOCSAE.