What Is The New NOCSAE Chest Protector Standard?

  • A National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment test on baseball chest protectors determined that to reduce the risk of commotio cordis (cardiac arrest due to a blow to the area over the heart), new heart guard hardware must be included in all baseball chest protectors. Click here to view the standard on the NOCSAE website.

What Baseball Leagues Have Adopted The Chest Protector Rule?

  • NFHS (National Federation of High Schools). Starting January 1, 2020, all baseball chest protectors must be NOCSAE commotio cordis certified for NFHS play.
  • NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). For the 2019-20 academic year, all chest protectors used in NCAA competition must meet the NOCSAE commotio cordis standard.
  • Little League Baseball®, Babe Ruth Baseball/Cal Ripken Baseball, and other youth organizations have yet to adopt the commotio cordis chest protector standard.

How Can I Tell If A Chest Protector Meets The New NOCSAE Standard?

    • All certified chest protectors must include the NOCSAE Baseball Standard label below.

NOCSAE Baseball Chest Protector Standard label

6-1-3 ART. 3 . . . For the set position the pitcher shall have the ball in either his gloved hand or pitching hand. His pitching hand shall be down at his side or behind his back. Before starting the delivery, he shall stand with his entire non-pivot foot in front of a line extending through the front edge of the pitcher’s plate and with his entire pivot foot in contact with or directly in front of and parallel to the pitcher’s plate…any other infielder.
Rationale: To eliminate any confusion or circumvention of the set position pitching rule by a pitcher or coach. Also, to emphasize the pivot foot requirement to be in a legal set position.

7-3-5c ART. 5 . . .Interfere with the catcher’s fielding or throwing by:
a. Unchanged language.
b. Unchanged language.
c. Making any other movement, including backswing interference, which hinders action at home plate or the catcher’s attempt to play on a runner, or
d. Unchanged language.
Rationale: Current rule does not address this specific type of interference.