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Renewed as Official Ball of OIA

September 28, 2017

Oahu Interscholastic Association

Oahu Interscholastic Association to continue using Baden balls exclusively in postseason

RENTON, Wash. (Sept. 28, 2017) –Baden Sports and the Oahu Interscholastic Association (OIA) today announced a multiyear agreement renewing Baden as the official ball provider of the OIA.

The renewal ensures Baden balls will continue to be used exclusively in all OIA postseason tournaments for baseball, basketball, football, softball, soccer, and volleyball during the 2017-18 school year and beyond.

“We’re honored and excited to earn another term as the official ball of the OIA,” said Michael Schindler, CEO of Baden Sports. “Our commitment to making the highest-quality game balls has never been stronger, and we’re looking forward to providing coaches and athletes throughout the state the very best we have to offer for years to come.”

The OIA has designated the following top-of-the line Baden game balls for exclusive use in the postseason. All have been approved by the National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS).

Baseball

  • Perfection® 3B-PPRO
    • Pro-grade, premium leather cover with Performance Raised Seam™. Pro-grade, gray wool windings with a cushioned cork center.

Basketball (2)

  • Perfection® Elite™ BX7E (Boys)
  • Perfection® Elite™ BX6E (Girls)
    • Advanced microfiber cover and symmetrical design for perfect balance. Patented Cushion Control Technology™ embeds thousands of tiny air cells in the carcass for a softer, truer bounce. Recessed Stealth Soft-Valve System™ makes for a nearly undetectable valve, improving consistency and feel.

Football

  • Perfection® F7000L-QB
    • Reengineered leather for enhanced grip. Slightly raised seams for triggering maximum spin. Redesigned Sharkback Laces with tiny fins enhance control and allow more transfer of force into throws.

Softball

  • Perfection® 2BSFPY
    • Leather cover with a poly core center. Control Seam™ with red stitching.

Soccer

  • Perfection® Elite™ SX751
    • Cover made from 32 hand-sewn microfiber panels. Cross Panel Lamination™ process improves balance and playability. Recessed Stealth Soft-Valve System™ for consistency and feel. Rainshield™ Technology prevents water absorption.

Volleyball

  • Perfection® VX5EC-210
    • Made from full-grain leather tanned for optimum touch and feel. Lightweight butyl bladder, blended cotton wrap for shape retention, and a recessed valve for superior balance and playability.

“Over the last four years, Baden has delivered quality products with outstanding service,” said Raymond Fujino, CMAA Executive Director of the OIA. “The OIA is happy to continue our relationship with Baden, knowing that we are getting the best products and pricing for our member schools and its student-athletes.”

All of Baden’s game balls, as well as accessories, can be purchased through team dealers, or by contacting Baden’s sales representative for Hawaii, Todd Tice, at toddt@badensports.com.

About Baden Sports

Baden Sports, an independent, family-owned company with headquarters in Renton, Wash., designs and manufactures high-quality athletic balls for players of all ages, skills, and abilities. Baden’s relentless innovation and commitment to quality has led industry-wide adoption of its technologies and led conferences, programs, and coaches at all levels to choose Baden as their official ball. For more information, visit www.badensports.com, or join the conversation on Facebook (BadenSports), Instagram (badensports), and Twitter (@BadenSports).

About OIA

Founded in 1940, with five rural high schools, the Oahu Interscholastic Association now has 31 member schools who compete in nineteen different junior varsity and varsity level sports. The mission of the OIA is to promote unity and cooperation amongst the member schools in the establishment and administration of policies and regulations for implementing an interscholastic athletic program.  The association shall stress educational and cultural values, promote skills in competitive activities and foster sportsmanship and mutual respect.  For more information, visit oiasports.com.


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