The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
June 2020
Executive Committee Meeting Recap
The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee held its quarterly meeting via video teleconference on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Committee voted on several key proposals and approved several championship site venues.

-The Executive Committee unanimously approved a football proposal effective fall 2020. With section approval, a contestant or team, may participate in no more than ten interschool football contests, exclusive of sectional championships.  

-The committee also approved advancing the regional rotations from 2020 to 2021 for the sports of boys and girls basketball, baseball, softball, boys lacrosse, and girls lacrosse. for the winter of 2021 and spring of 2021.

- Bayport-Blue Point Athletic Director Tim Mullins was approved as an incoming NYSPHSAA officer. He will begin serving his term as second Vice President of NYSPHSAA on September 1, 2020.

To see the complete Executive Committee meeting recap click here

To see the recap of voting items and discussion items click here
Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Announced
The NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame class of 2020 was announced on Thursday, May 21.

The six newest members of the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame are:

Diane Chapman (Coach, Section VIII),

Edward J. Goetz (Official, Section X),

Carl Normandin (Administrator, Section X),

Sharon Sarsen (Coach, Section I),

Karen (O’Connor) Self (Athlete, Section I),

Marie Terc (Official, Section VIII)

The 2020 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 29th at 6 pm at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY as part of the Central Committee Meeting.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are on sale to the public and may be purchased by calling Sandy Schanck at the NYSPHSAA Office, 518-690-0771, or by emailing .

Deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, July 15th.
Starting today we will be honoring senior student-athletes who had their spring seasons cancelled because of COVID-19.

Thanks to our partners at NYSCOPBA, we will begin a week long social media campaign using the hashtag #NYSPHSAASeniorSalute.

We encourage you to share photos, videos or stories about NYSPHSAA senior student-athletes who were unable to finish their final season.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the #NYSPHSAASeniorSalute
School of Distinction and Excellence
Applications Now Open
Applications for the School of Excellence and School of Distinction awards are now open.

Due to the spring sports season being cancelled, the School of Excellence and School of Distinction awards will be based on the fall 2019 season and the winter 2019-20 season.

To apply use the links below:

Deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30.
First Meeting of COVID-19 Task Force
The first meeting of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force will take place on Wednesday, June 10.

Task Force members were selected by Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President, with input and consultation from NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas.

The Task Force is comprised of NYSPHSAA member superintendents, principals, athletic directors and executive directors in addition to representatives from New York State Athletic Administrators Association and State Education Department.

“The goal of this task force is to bring together a group of experienced administrators and professionals to examine potential impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the upcoming school year and to provide guidance and recommendations to the 11 Sections of NYSPHSAA,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President.

To see the complete list of Task Force members click here.
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist English Gardner Shares Home Nutrition Tips
She should be training for the summer Olympics, but like many athletes, U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist English Gardner is at home due to cancellations. She maintains her nutritional routine with milk and wants to know what nutritional meals you’ve been surviving on.

Check out her tips here
Fall 2020 Rule Books Available
A reminder that the Fall 2020 rule books from the NFHS are now available to purchase.

To purchase hard copies of the rule books click here.

To purchase digital copies of rule books 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?

Currently all courses for officials are free!

One way of addressing the declining number of high school officials is by retaining the ones you already have. And one way of retaining them is by thanking them for their hard work and sacrifice.
That’s one of the reasons we’re offering FREE officiating courses at the NFHS Learning Center from now until July 1. Will you help spread the word? All you have to do is post this social media message to your association’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. Not only will your officials be better trained and more knowledgeable, they’ll also know how much they are appreciated.

Click here to take a 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 has made a difference in your life.
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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