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December 2019
Scholar-Athlete Submission Deadline is Today
The fall Scholar-Athlete submission period closes today.

Click here to submit your Scholar-Athletes

No late submissions will be accepted.
Fall Championship Recap
Girls Tennis Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Girls Tennis Championships took place Saturday, November 2-Monday, November 4 at the Tri-City Fitness Club in Latham.

Julia Andreach from Our Lady of Mercy in Section V won her second NYSPHSAA singles championship in the last three years. While the doubles team of Rachel Arbitman and Nyla Gershfeld from Hewlett in Section VIII won the doubles championship.

For the complete results from the 2019 Girls Tennis Championships click here.
Cross Country Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships took place at SUNY Plattsburgh on Saturday, November 16.

Cold tempartures and snow on the ground couldn't slow down the best runners in the state. For a complete look at the winners and finishers click here.
Boys Soccer Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Boys Soccer Championships were held at Middletown High School on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17.

Championships were won by-
AA) Brentwood (XI)
A) Jericho (VIII)
B) Skaneateles (III)
C) Rhinebeck (IX)
D) Marathon (IV)
Girls Soccer Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Girls Soccer Championships took place in the greater Cortland area on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17.

Championships were won by-
AA) Monroe-Woodbury (IX)
A) Shoreham-Wading River (XI)
B) Pleasantville (I)
C) Stillwater (2)
D) Poland (III)
Field Hockey Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Field Hockey Championships were held at Alden High School on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17.

The championships were scheduled to be played at Williamsville North High School but were moved to Alden after a snow storm hit western New York.

Championships were won by-
A) Maine-Endwell (IV)
B) Lakeland (I)
C) Bronxville (I)
Girls Swimming and Diving Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Girls Swimming and Diving Championships took place at Ithaca College on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23.

To see the complete results from the championships click here.
Boys Volleyball Championships
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Boys Volleyball Championships took place at the Albany Capital Center on Saturday, November 23.

Championships were won by-
D-I) McQuaid Jesuit (V)
D-II) Grand Island (VI)
Girls Volleyball Championships
The 2019 Girls Volleyball Championships were held at the Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.

Championships were won by-
AA) Connetquot (XI)
A) Burnt Hills (2)
B) Westhill (III)
C) Valhalla (I)
D) Candor (IV)
Football Championships
The 2019 Football Championships took place in Syracuse on Friday, November 29-Sunday, December 1.

Changes were made to the schedule because of a incoming snow storm. The Class AA game was moved to Saturday night at 8pm.

Championships were won by-
AA) New Rochelle (I)
A) Cornwall (IX)
B) Chenango Forks (IV)
C) Susquehanna Valley (IV)
D) Clymer/Sherman/Panama (VI)
Third Annual NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Summit
The third annual Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Summit took place at the Football Championships on November 30-December 1.

Members of the SAAC gathered in Syracuse to discuss topics such as esports, vaping and the groups mental health initiative.
Presenting Sponsor for Baseball Championships
NYSPHSAA is proud to announce Visions Federal Credit Union as the presenting sponsor of the 2020 and 2021 Baseball Championships.
“We’re always looking for ways to give back and celebrate the great community we’re part of,” said Ty Muse, President/CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union. “Sponsoring this year’s NYSPHSAA Baseball Championships just made sense. I’m happy that we get to shine a light on our local stadium and community and I’m looking forward to the positive energy and excitement that comes with it.”
Visions Federal Credit Union was founded in 1966 and is headquartered in Endwell, NY. Visions has over 200,000 members, employs 650 people and has 51 branches across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The 2020 NYSPHSAA Baseball Championships will take place June 12-13 in the greater Binghamton area.
Breakfast on the Run
Sports nutrition expert Sue James (@pinnacle4health) has worked with the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, check out her advice for preparing a nutritious breakfast on the run for busy athletes.
Free Hazing Prevention Course
The free hazing prevention course offered by NYSPHSAA. "Hazing Prevention: It's Everyone's Responsibility" is available to all schools.

To use the hazing prevention course offered by and click here

Don't wait till it's too late! Use the free course today!
Partnership With IHG Hotels of Upstate NY
NYSPHSAA is proud to continue our partnership with the IHG Hotels of Upstate New York.

With their lineup of over 20 hotels, including Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, and Staybridge Suites, they can offer attentive service, gracious hospitality, and outstanding quality all along with their affordable rates.

Visit their website at to find a list of hotels that can service your teams and fans on the road this school year.
Captains Club-November 2019
Did you see the latest edition of the NYSPHSAA Captains Club presented by the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association?

In this edition, we feature former three sport varsity coach Marbry Gansle of Shaker High School in Section 2. In addition to her work as a coach, Marbry is also the State Coordinator in the sports of girls cross country and gymnastics.

If you have a suggestion for someone who should be featured in an upcoming edition of the Captains Club, please e-mail Chris Watson.

Please use our leadership guide after watching any Captains Club story to encourage discussion in your schools about leadership, sportsmanship and a positive attitude.

Click here to access the leadership guide.
NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame
The deadline to nominate for the 2020 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame is January 29, 2020.

Submit deserving nominees by using this form

The NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame has categories for Athlete, Coach, Official, Administrator and Contributor.

All candidates will be judged on their significant and /or long term contributions to interscholastic athletics.
Bid to Host NYSPHSAA Championships
Field Hockey Championships
NYSPHSAA is now accepting bids to host the Field Hockey Championships starting in 2020-2022.

If your venue is interested in hosting the Field Hockey Championships click here.

Deadline to submit is January 10, 2020.
2019-20 Community Service Challenge
The winter Community Service Challenge is now open. This is an opportunity to reward and honor the great work your student-athletes are doing in their communities.

Deadline to apply for the winter Community Service Challenge is Monday, March 9.

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 understanding vaping and e-cigarettes. Click here to take the course.
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.
NFHS Spirit of Sport Award
Nominations are now being accepted for the NFHS Spirit of Sport Award.

This award seeks to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive spirit of sport that represent the core mission of education-based athletics. The award may be given in recognition of a specific act or for an activity of longer duration. 

The recipient could be a coach, athletic administrator, administrator, contest official, trainer, student-athlete or any others associated with the school or the school’s athletic program.

 The nomination must be for something that occurred between January 1, 2019 and January 31, 2020. Nominated individuals do not necessarily need to still be enrolled in high school at the time of the nomination.

Contact Kristen Jadin at with any nominee suggestions.
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!
Access to financial aid is a key factor in whether low-income students – including many of New York’s student athletes – have the opportunity to attend college.

Yet across New York, low-income high school students are more likely than their wealthier peers to attend schools with low rates by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The New York FAFSA Completion Project aims to raise awareness of the importance of completing the FAFSA and provide easily accessible resources to schools so they can help more students through the process, drawing on national research and best practices already being used in New York schools.

Those resources include an interactive data tool that allows users to track the progress of New York high schools, with new FAFSA completion estimates updated weekly and comparisons to similar schools and top performers
The “3 Steps Every High School Can Take” resource at encourages schools to:
1. Help their seniors make a plan to complete the FAFSA;
2. Hold a FAFSA completion event; and
3. Set targets and track the data.

At the end of the school year, Ed Trust–NY’s FAFSA Completion Challenge will recognize schools with high completion rates and that show improvement. Twelve awards will be granted to schools across the state. Each award will consist of $750 granted to the winning high schools for the purpose of providing a scholarship to one of its students.
Explore the data, read more about FAFSA completion strategies being used at New York schools, and find additional resources at
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