The Latest Headlines from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association
November 2019
Executive Committee Meeting Recap
The NYSPHSAA Executive Committee met on Thursday, October 10 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga.

Here are some action items that were voted on by the committee:

  • Approved conducting the NYSPHSAA and Federation wrestling championship as one tournament

  • Approved Mark Twain Golf Course as host of the 2020-2022 Boys Golf Championship

  • Approved adopting game ending procedures in the sport of baseball

  • Approved the elimination of the international tie breaker rule for NYSPHSAA regionals in the sport of softball

  • Approved the use of metal spikes in softball at the high school level, (varsity, JV and freshman) metal spikes are still prohibited at the modified level

To see a complete recap of the items voted on by the Executive Committee click here
Championship Season is Here
The Fall 2019 NYSPHSAA Championship season is here.

Here's a look at the upcoming schedule-

  • November 2-4, Girls Tennis Championships-Latham

  • November 16, Cross Country Championships-Plattsburgh

  • November 16-17, Girls Soccer Championships-Cortland

  • November 16-17, Boys Soccer Championships-Middletown

  • November 16-17, Field Hockey Championships-Williamsville North

  • November 22-23, Girls Swimming and Diving-Ithaca

  • November 22-23, Football East Semifinals, Middletown

  • November 22-23, Football West Semifinals, Cicero-North Syracuse

  • November 23, Boys Volleyball Championships-Albany

  • November 23-24, Girls Volleyball Championships-Glens Falls

  • November 29 and December 1, Football Championships-Syracuse
Get Your Tickets at
Tickets are now on sale for all fall championship events.

Skip the line and save $2 when you by online! Encourage your fans to visit to purchase their tickets in advance. 

Fueling Up for Competition Day
As Fall championships begin this month, here’s some timely advice on fueling up for competition from the American Dairy Association North East sports advisory panel member Andrea Chernus.
Bill to Ban Tackle Football For Kids
12 and Under
NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas gave testimony before the New York State Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday, October 29 in New York City.

Dr. Zayas was speaking on a proposed bill in New York to ban tackle football for children ages 12 and under.

You can view the entire hearing by clicking here, Dr. Zayas presented at the 49:00 mark

Click here to see a copy of the testimony he provided to the Committee.
Scholar-Athlete Submission Now Open
The fall Scholar-Athlete submission period is now open.

Click here to submit your Scholar-Athletes

Deadline to submit information is Monday, December 9th. No late submissions will be accepted.
Special Olympics NY Honors Four Schools
Four NYSPHSAA schools were recently honored by Special Olympics New York for their work with Unified Sports.

Guilderland, Cheektowaga, Iroquois and Niagara Falls all received the prestigious National Unified Champion School banner during special ceremonies

Check out our Overtime Sports feature on the event held at Guilderland in Section 2.
Free Hazing Prevention Course
The free hazing prevention course offered by NYSPHSAA. "Hazing Prevention: It's Everyone's Responsibility" is available to all schools.

Before the Winter season starts why not sit with your coaches and use this free course that can help your school?

To use the hazing prevention course offered by and click here

Don't wait till it's too late! Use the free course today!
USTA College Showcase 2019
Are you considering playing tennis in college?

Attend the 2019 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 10, 2019 at the Saw Mill Club in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Click here to learn more
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.
2019-20 Community Service Challenge
The fall 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.

Nominate for the Community Service Challenge three times a year thanks to our partners at Team Up 4 Community.

Deadline to apply for the fall Community Service Challenge is Monday, November 11.

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.
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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