The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
May/June 2017
All Hail the Champs!
Over the course of 9 days (June 1-10) NYSPHSAA held state championship events for eight sports.
Below is a look at all the 2017 Spring State Champions.
Boys Lacrosse 
Class A: Ward Melville

Class B: Victor

Class C: Cold Spring Harbor

Class D: Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse)
Girls Lacrosse 
  Class A: Pittsford

Class B: Garden City

Class C: Mount Sinai

Class D: Skaneateles
Boys Tennis

2017 Singles Champ-

Yuval Solomon of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK.

Solomon also won the 2016 NYSPHSAA Singles State Championship.
 2017 Doubles Champs-

James Wei and Dylan Glickman of Horace Greeley.  

Girls Golf
Lauren Peter of Carmel shot a 140 over the course of the two day championship tournament, to win by two stokes. 
Boys Golf
In one of the most exciting NYSPHSAA Boys Golf Championships ever, Nathan Han of Somers (left) defeated Adam Xiao on the third playoff hole to win the 2017 State Championship.
Track and Field
Union-Endicott High School hosted the 2017 NYSPHSAA Outdoor Track and Field State Championships. 
Over the course of two days, June 9 and 10, hundreds of student-athletes took part in the State Championships.

For a complete list of the winners in all the Track and Field events click here
Class AA: East Meadow

Class A: Maine-Endwell

Class B: Solvay

Class C: Bishop Kearney

Class D: Deposit
  Class AA: Liverpool 

Class A: Vestal

Class B: Livonia

Class C: North Salem

Class D: Fort Ann
NYSED Approves Revisions to Athletic Eligibility Regulations

The New York State Education Department Board of Regents approved revisions to the Commissioner’s Regulations related to athletic eligibility on Tuesday, June 13.  The revisions impact the Duration of Competition Regulation and K8 public school districts.


K8 Public School Districts:

In general, the approved amendments do not change the existing APP. However, there are 13 public school districts in the State that operate to serve students in grades K-8 only, and contract for the education of their high school students with other public school districts pursuant to the provisions of Education Law and Commissioner’s regulation 174.4. Because of their unique configuration, these 13 public school districts do not have their own “district high school,” and as a result, questions have arisen regarding the ability of students who are enrolled in K-8 public school districts to participate in the APP because they are not “enrolled” in a district with its own high school. The approved amendment is designed to clarify the conditions under which K-8 public school districts may also employ the APP protocol to allow the opportunity for exceptional student athletes to participate in interscholastic sports at the high school(s) with which the K-8 school district contracts for the education of its high school students, when such students are bona fide students of the K-8 school district.


Duration of Competition:

Commissioner’s regulation relating to the duration of competition, limits the participation of students in high school athletic competition to four consecutive seasons commencing with the student’s entry into the ninth grade and prior to graduation. However, the regulation provides that a request for an extension of duration of competition may be granted if sufficient evidence demonstrates that the student’s failure to enter competition during one or more seasons was directly caused by illness or accident, and such illness or accident will require the student to attend school for one or more additional semesters to graduate. In response to public comment, the Department revised the amendment to clarify and further define the circumstances under which extended eligibility may be granted. The approved language is as follows:

              “If sufficient evidence is presented by the chief school officer to the section to show that the pupil's failure to enter competition during one or more seasons of a sport was caused by illness, [or] accident, or documented social/emotional condition or documented social/emotional circumstances beyond the control of the pupil such pupil's eligibility shall be extended accordingly in that sport…”


Furthermore, school districts will have to determine if students will have a “significant adverse effect” if their eligibility is extended.


Additionally, the Department anticipates issuing further guidance relating to the implementation of the proposed amendments.

Sportsmanship Banner Award Winners
Congratulations to Columbia High School (Section 2) and West Genesee High School (Section 3) for being named the Sportsmanship Promotion Banner Award Winners for 2017.
Both schools will receive their banners at the Central Committee Meeting on July 25 in Clayton. To read the details of the Banner Awards Winners click here
Community Service Challenge Winners
  Akron High School (Section 6) has won the 2017 Community Service Challenge. 
The Akron Varsity Softball team created a program called Just DOnate it! Read all about their selfless acts by clicking here
School of Excellence/Distinction Deadline Approaching
It's not to late to apply for a School of Distinction Award or a School of Excellence Award.

Deadline for both in June 30. Just use the links below. All the criteria is listed on the application.

School of Excellence Award recognizes schools who have 75% of its varsity programs receive the Scholar-Athlete Team Award over the academic school year. The School of Distinction Award recognizes schools who have 100% of its varsity programs receive the Scholar-Athlete Team Award. 

Schools can apply for School of Distinction OR School of Excellence, not both.

School of Excellence

Tennis Anyone?

Are your players interested in competing in college?

Check out some of the ways tennis players can enjoy the sport at the next level or as a fun extracurricular activity.

Click here to find out how to get your players in the game while at college. 

Central Committee Meeting July 25-27
A Reminder that this years Central Committee Meeting will be held in Clayton, NY July 25-27th. 

Click Here for the information about the Central Committee Meeting

Something to Think About
"There’s winning and there’s losing, and in life you have to know they both will happen. But what’s never been acceptable to me is quitting."

-Magic Johnson
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