The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
April 2019
Mental Health Awareness Week
NYSPHSAA is holding its first mental health awareness week this week, concluding on Friday May 3rd.

Mental health awareness week was created by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. They established a Mental Health Awareness Week after discussing numerous issues surrounding the topic they face with peers.

To read about mental awareness week, and the ways we can help break the stigma associated with mental health click here
Coaches Appreciation Day is May 15th
The second annual NYSPHSAA coaches appreciation day will be held on Wednesday, May 15th.

Coaches Appreciation Day was established to recognize all coaches at every level, including Modified, who have coached Fall, Winter or Spring sports within a NYSPHSAA member school. The concept was initiated by the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Committee.

We encourage anyone who wants to share a memory, photo or story about a coach who made an impact on their athletic career use the hashtag #NYSPHSAACoachesDay on all social media platforms.
2018-19 Participation Survey
T he completion of the Participation Survey is mandatory for NYSPHSAA member schools.   This information is crucial to the NYSPHSAA, our sports committees and the NFHS.


This survey can only be complete once and cannot be edited.           
To complete the survey please click here
Please contact Kristen Jadin at   if any changes need to be made, for help, or if you have any questions.
A Storybook Finish
The high school career of Glens Falls senior Joe Girard III was the stuff of legends. He won a pair of state football championships as the Indians quarterback, but the way he finished his high school basketball career was epic.

Girard got some national attention for his exploits. Eric Frantz at MaxPreps wrote this feature piece on Girard, who is NYSPHSAA all-time leading scorer and will attend Syracuse University in the fall.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-20 NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
The NYSPHSAA SAAC is looking to fill positions listed below:
Please share the application with student-athletes you think would be interested.

The application can be found by clicking here

Deadline to apply is Monday, May 13.
Community Service Challenge Champions
Congratulations to Harrison High School (Section I) for being chosen the community service challenge champions for the winter season.

Harrison was selected as the winter champions by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Three student-athletes created a group called Athletes in Action that has partnered with a local residential treatment program.

To read all about Athletes in Action and see the details of the community service challenge champions click here.

This past winter a total of 91 projects were submitted with 5,350 student-athletes involved across the state. A total of 74,010 hours were volunteered.

Spring Community Service Challenge

Don't forget the deadline to sign up for the Spring Community Service Challenge is Monday, June 3rd.

For all the information about the program or to enter a submission click here
Spring Scholar-Athlete Submission Now Open
Our goal is to recognize as many student-athletes, teams, and schools as possible as they work very hard throughout the year and deserved to be recognized for their academic success.

To view instructions, click here.

The deadline for the spring is Monday, May 20th

Submit your Scholar-Athlete information  click here.

If you have any questions regarding the Scholar-Athlete program, contact Assistant Director,  Kristen Jadin

*PINS WERE DISTRIBUTED TO ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AT THE MANDATORY AD WORKSHOPS THIS FALL (if the school participated in the Scholar-Athlete program during the previous school year). Certificates will continue to be shipped AFTER the deadline. Delivery approximately 2-3 weeks.*
Championship Site Bids Open Now
Currently, NYSPHSAA is accepting bids to host four future state championships.

  • Boys Golf State Championships 2020-2022

  • Boys Swimming and Diving Championships 2021-2023

  • Gymnastics Championships 2021-2023

  • Boys and Girls Bowling Championships 2021-2023

If you know of a site that would be interested in hosting one of these state championships, please use the link here and submit a Championship RFP
Free Hazing Prevention Course
For the 2018-19 school year, NYSPHSAA is proud to offer all its member schools a free hazing prevention course.

The course is presented by Hazing and AliveTek, in conjunction with NYSPHSAA.

For more information on the course, or to register click here
Want to be an Official?
Check out the officials page on It has important information for current officials and information on signing up if you are interested in becoming an official.

Click here to visit the officials page
Free Courses Avaliable from NFHS
Did you know the NFHS offers free on-line educational courses on a variety of topics?

The latest course is focused on Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. For a complete list of the courses available click here.
Don't forget to tell us #MyReasonWhy on social media. Tell us why you participate in sports, after school activities, coaching, officiating or other ways athletics have made a difference in your life.
Return to Learn Training
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS) was recently awarded a grant by the New York State Health Foundation to provide educators throughout New York State with Return to Learn training for when they are working with concussed students. BIANYS is a statewide, non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of people with brain injuries and their families. BIANYS provides education, advocacy and community support services that lead to improved outcomes for individuals and families impacted by brain injury.

These presentations are completely free for all participants and can be done at any teacher training day, staff meeting, etc., during the 2019-2020 school year. The presentation has been created by Dr. Brian Rieger and Dr. Andrew Hess, BIANYS Concussion Initiative Co-chairs, and by Michelle Kellen, M.Ed., a former Teacher, Coach, Associate Principal and Athletic Director, who also gives the presentation.

For a training that requires an overnight stay, the presenter will be available to do a free presentation for parents and students about Concussions and Concussion Management during an evening program. 

Each training is 75-90 minutes long. BIANYS is a New York State approved CTLE provider. Please contact Michelle Kellen at 518-459-7911 or to schedule a training. The schedule will fill up fast, so please reach out today!
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