NYSPHSAA News - February, 2016
In this month's NYSPHSAA News: 
  • January Executive Committee Recap
  • Winter Championships Ready to Kick Off
  • Scholar Athlete Submissions for Winter Season
  • 2015-16 Battle of the Fans Champion Announced
  • New York Mets to Honor NYSPHSAA Champions May 22
  • NYSPHSAA Lacrosse Committees, Staff Recommend Future Sites
January Executive Committee Meeting Recap
On Friday, January 29, the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee met via teleconference. Among the action items voted on, and passed:
  • Addition of a 4th Classification in the sport of Boys and Girls Lacrosse (effective 2017)
  • A Two-day tournament format for the NYSPHSAA Baseball Championships (effective 2017)
  • Football classification numbers remaining the same in 2016 and 2017.
  • Creation of a Student-Athlete Development Committee and a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.        

For more information on additional items passed, click here.

2016 NYSPHSAA Winter Championships Begin Monday, February 22
The 2016 NYSPHSAA Winter Championships begin on Monday, February 22 with the 2016 NYSPHSAA Skiing Championships in Lake Placid and continue through Sunday, March 13. For live results, news, and videos throughout the 2016 NYSPHSAA Winter Championships, visit www.nysphsaa.org!
2016 NYSPHSAA Winter Championships Schedule
Scholar Athlete Submissions Open for Winter Season
Submissions for Winter Scholar-Athlete teams are being accepted through Monday, March 14. Visit our scholar athlete page to submit your team(s)! Congratulations to all of our student-athletes on your academic achievements! 
NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Page
Webster Schroeder HS (Section 5) Wins 2015-16
NYSPHSAA Battle of the Fans Competition
Webster Schroeder High School (Section 5) is the 2015-16 NYSPHSAA Battle of the Fans Champion, after winning a public vote conducted through NYSPHSAA's social media platforms. Over 20,000 votes were cast this season for the contest, now in its third year. Battle of the Fans allows member schools to submit student-produced videos profiling their student section displaying school spirit and sportsmanship. Videos are judged by the NYSPHSAA staff and finalists are chosen for an on-site visit by NYSPHSAA staff to experience a game-night with the student section. We congratulate the other finalists, Skaneateles High School (Section 3) and Cicero-North Syracuse High School (Section 3), and the other member schools who submitted videos this year. For more information on Battle of the Fans, visit the Battle of the Fans website here.
New York Mets to Honor NYSPHSAA Champions
Sunday, May 22
The New York Mets will honor NYSPHSAA Champions on Sunday, May 22 prior to their 1:10 p.m. game against the Milwaukee Brewers at CitiField in Flushing. Team and Individual NYSPHSAA Champions from the Spring 2015, Fall 2015, and Winter 2015-16 seasons will be honored at this year's event. More information will be available in a future NYSPHSAA News. Athletic Directors of schools with individual and/or team NYSPHSAA Champions from those seasons will be contacted by the New York Mets regarding ticket availability for student-athletes and families interested in attending.                                                 
NYSPHSAA Lacrosse Committees & NYSPHSAA Staff Recommend Future Lacrosse Championship Sites
The NYSPHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Committees, along with the NYSPHSAA staff reviewed Championship Bid Proposals for the 2017-19 NYSPHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Championships on Friday, February 5. Both the NYSPHSAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Committees and NYSPHSAA staff recommend the following sites for future championships:
2017-19 NYSPHSAA Girls Lacrosse Championships: SUNY Cortland
2017-19 NYSPHSAA Boys Lacrosse East Semifinals: University at Albany & Adelphi University
2017-19 NYSPHSAA Boys Lacrosse West Semifinals: Cicero-North Syracuse High School and St. John Fisher College
2017-19 NYSPHSAA Boys Lacrosse Championships Finals: St. John Fisher College

The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee will vote on the sites during their Executive Committee meeting on Friday, May 6.
Bids are currently being accepted for the 2017-19 NYSPHSAA Softball Championships. The RFP can be downloaded here.                                           
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