The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 
October 2016
The New is Here!
Have you seen the new and improved NYSPHSAA website?
We launched a more user friendly website on September 24th. It features a new design on the home page, easy to use quick links, and a more concise place to find all the important resources you need. Check it out today, and give us your feedback.                            
We are proud to partner with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in an exciting new program. The My Reason Why campaign encourages students, parents, coaches, officials and administrators to share their stories of what high school sports mean to them. 
#MyReasonWhy is a multi-channel, multiyear movement that will leverage authentic stories to show why high school sports and activities matter. Please encourage your school and community to get involved using the link below with the hashtag #MyReasonWhy
Captains Club
Captains Club is a small way for the NYSPHSAA to reach out to the student-athletes throughout New York State. The short 10-15 minute motivational webinar is a leadership message specifically focusing on what it takes to be a team leader. NYSPHSAA wants to help those leaders explore the different roles, responsibilities, and expectations of leadership. Join us the second Tuesday of every month.

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First Ever Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Announced 
 The SAAC was developed to give student-athletes a voice within the NYSPHSAA. Over the course of the school year, the committee will discuss topics relevant to high school student-athletes and develop ways to maintain a positive athletic experience. 
Two student-athletes from each of the 11 sections were selected to serve a one-year term. However, juniors selected will have the option to stay on for two years. Members were chosen based on an academic resume which included GPA, extracurricular activities, and participation in sports. 

Congratulations to the members of the SAAC for 2016-17:

Section    Student Names    School

I     Matthew Lucido, Junior     Clarkstown High School South
      Kiera Jackson, Junior        New Rochelle High School

2    Cameron Bleibtrey, Junior     Queensbury High School
       Eric Jess, Senior        Saratoga Springs High School

III    Jacob Geitner, Junior       G. Ray Bodley High School
       Kathleen Starr, Junior    Cortland Jr/Sr High School

IV    Hannah Morley, Senior    Delaware Academy
        Julie Nemcek, Senior    Windsor Central High School

V      Alana Kornaker, Junior    Wayne Central High School
       Conor Haims, Senior    Pittsford Mendon High School

VI    Marissa Birzon, Senior     Williamsville East High School
        Michael Steffan, Senior    Williamsville East High School

VII    Paul Fine-Lease, Junior    Willsboro Central School
         Matvey Longware, Senior    Willsboro Central School

VIII    Kerrin Montgomery, Senior     Lynbook High School
          Anna Rodriguez, Senior    South Side High School

IX    Linzy Dineen, Senior      Wallkill Senior High School
       Olivia Kowatch, Senior    Kingston High School

X    Claire Donaldson, Junior     Lisbon Central School
      Alexandra Steele, Junior    Heuvelton Central School

XI    Jensen Corabi, Senior          Half Hollow Hills West
        Paige Volkmann, Senior       Central Moriches High Schools

SAAC Leaders    Casey Michele, Senior      East Rochester High School (5)
Declan Graham, Senior        H. Frank Carey High School (8)
Kristen Norray, Senior          Berne-Knox-Westerlo (2) 

Read the full release here

Nominate for the Excelsior Award
NYSPHSAA and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) are now accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Excelsior Award, an honor co-sponsored by both organizations. The Excelsior Award recognizes a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district. Nominations must be received by October 17, 2017.

Battle of the Fans is Back!
We want to know who has the best fans in the state! Battle of the Fans is back for another year, we want to see your student fan section at it's best. Submit a short video before January 9th and see if your school has what it takes to win.                                             
See What It's All About!
Know the Rules

Question: A foreign exchange student, not in an approved CSIET program, wants to participate on the basketball team.  What steps should the AD take to determine her eligibility?

Answer: Determine the student’s age, if she has graduated already and if she participated in basketball in her home country. 

The Road Ahead
Upcoming State Championship Dates and Sites
Rock the Vote!
Some action items for the October 19th Executive Committee Meeting:
  • Two Divisions of Girls and Boys Bowling
  • To request a minimum number of 4 panel judges and 1 safety judge in Cheerleading Championships

  • Cheerleading rubrics for 2016-17 school year
  • Use of video replay for safety and deduction points at the NYSPHSAA Cheerleading competitions
  • Prohibit the use of props as bases, in all Cheerleading competitions
  • Wrestling team/indiviual sport designation
  • Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving to award NYSPHSAA Team Championship

  • Expanding the Girls Golf State Tournament to include Section Champions

New Rules for Scholar-Athlete ProgramThis Fall
Changes made to the Scholar-Athlete program were approved at the Central Committee meeting in July. Submissions for the fall can begin on October 31st and conclude on December 5th. Please contact Kristen Jadin with any questions at

Something to Think About
"The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done."
-Arnold Palmer

Don't Forget-Executive Committee Meeting October 19th at Hilton Garden Inn, Troy
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