The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
August/September 2017
Upcoming AD Workshops
-Tues., September 12, 8:30am-Section VII (Olympic Training Center, Lake Placid)

-Thurs., September 14, 8:30am-Section XI (Holbrook Country Club)

-Fri., September 15, 8:30am-Section VIII (Nassau County BOCES, Garden City)

-Mon., September 18, 8:30am-Section I (Pearl River Elks Club)

-Tues., September 19, 9:30am-Section IX (Wallkill High School)

-Thurs., September 21, 8:30am-Section X (St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Canton)

-Tues., September 26, 9:00am-Section IV (Chenango Valley High School)

-Wed., September 27, 8:00am-Section 2 (VanPatten Country Club, Clifton Park)

-Thurs., September 28, 8:30am-Section III (Rusty Nail, Canastota)
Drone Policy Now in Effect
Reminder: NYSPHSAA now a has a Drone policy in effect.

To read the complete policy, click here.

In short, the use of Drones at NYSPHSAA scrimmages, regular season or post season contests is prohibited.

Anyone wishing to request permission to operate a Drone, should contact Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director, at least one week prior to the event asking for an exemption from the policy.
Free Music Copyright and Compliance Course
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has added to its growing list of online education courses with the launch of “Understanding Copyright and Compliance,” a free course geared toward music teachers, spirit coaches and school administrators.

For more information on the course, visit or to read more about the course click here.
2016-17 Participation Survey Numbers Released
The 2016-17 school year saw nearly 600,000 Student-Athletes take part in some form of interscholastic athletics. It was another fantastic year for sports in New York State. For more on the survey click here or to view the 2016-17 Participation Survey Results click here
Friday Nights are for High School Football
In an effort to re-emphasize that Friday nights in the fall should be reserved for high school football, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has adopted a resolution that urges schools and teams at the college and professional levels to honor that longstanding tradition and schedule games on other days.

The NFHS membership, composed of state high school associations in the 50 states plus the District of Columbia, has adopted the following resolution:
Be it RESOLVED  that every Friday night during the fall in America is ‘High School Football Night.’

Be it FURTHER RESOLVED  that college and professional football teams should refrain from scheduling contests on Friday nights. Such restraint would be an investment in their own future success. It would also demonstrate that high school football has value well beyond the field of play. Schools, communities and scholastic teams for girls and boys all benefit when football is strong.

THEREFORE , the National Federation of State High School Associations urges all parties to observe the central premise of this resolution.” 
Although some major college football games have been played on Friday nights for about 20 years, the numbers continue to increase. This year, more than 50 major college football games will be played on Friday nights, including eight on September 1 – the Friday night before Labor Day weekend. Most recently, the Big Ten Conference joined a growing number of conferences that has scheduled a handful of games on Friday nights.

 “The value of tradition cannot be understated,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “Friday nights offer communities a traditional time and place to congregate and support their students. If a major college football game was scheduled in the area on a Friday night, it could affect attendance at the high school game or cause the game to be moved to another day. In addition, many of the Friday night college games are televised, which could result in lower attendance at high school contests nationwide.
“We believe retaining Friday nights for high school contests is a plus for colleges as well as they reap the benefits of healthy programs at the high school level.”  
Hazing Prevention Course Being Offered
NYSPHSAA, along with AliveTek and Having are offering a Hazing Prevention Course. 

The course costs $100 for up to 50 facilitators. If you have questions about the course or want more info, please contact Director of Special Programs Kristen Jadin                   

To register click here
Sport Committee Meetings
Here's a look at the upcoming Sport Committee Meetings that will take place in September:

Sunday 9/17, Outdoor Track and Field

Friday 9/22, Skiing

Monday 9/25, Girls Basketball
USTA Eastern College Showcase Day
Are you considering playing tennis in college?

Attend the 2017 USTA Eastern College Showcase Day to meet college tennis coaches, collect information and learn about the NCAA process.

The event is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors of all levels! The showcase will be held on November 5, 2017 at the Saw Mill Club in Mt. Kisco, N.Y. Visit to learn more! 
Nominate Someone for the Excelsior Award
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) are now accepting nominations for the 8 th Annual Excelsior Award, an honor co-sponsored by both organizations. 

The Excelsior Award was developed through a partnership between NYSPHSAA and CSEA to recognize a CSEA member in a NYSPHSAA school who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district. The award also honors an individual who has displayed extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in any role as a parent, coach, booster or staff member volunteering or performing above and beyond their daily job in a school.

CSEA has been a sponsor of NYSPHSAA’s high school state championships since 2003 and both organizations developed the award in 2010 in honor of CSEA’s 100 th Anniversary. 

To nominate a deserving person just use the form here, Nominations are due by October 9th.
Central Committee Meeting Recap
If anyone is looking for a recap of the July 2017 Central Committee Meeting, here is a link to the meeting minutes which has all the information that was covered in Clayton, NY July 25-26.

Reminder: We are always looking for inspirational/motivational stories to tell in the Captains Club.

Captains Club is a monthly documentary video that is posted on the NYSPHSAA YouTube page. The purpose of the video is to tell the stories of current or former NYSPHSAA student-athletes, coaches or anyone who has served the Association.

If you have someone you would like to nominate please e-mail Kristen Jadin at
Something to Think About
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-Vince Lombardi
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