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High School Football Players Must Sit Out One Play When Helmet Comes Off

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 9, 2012) — High school football players must sit out one play next year if their helmet comes off while the ball is live. In cases where the helmet comes completely off without it being directly attributable to a foul by the opponent, the player will have to leave the game for at least one down. This addition to Rule 3-5-10 was one of eight rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Football Rules Committee at its January 20-22 meeting in Indianapolis. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. “The committee made this rules change after reviewing data from multiple states regarding the frequency of helmets…

Volleyball Uniform Requirements to Change in 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 9, 2012) — In an attempt to more clearly distinguish between the libero and other team members, uniform requirements will be changing in high school volleyball. The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee, at its January 9-11 meeting in Indianapolis, approved new uniform requirements that will take effect in 2016. All rules changes passed by the Volleyball Rules Committee were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The revised rule will require the libero to wear a uniform top that is immediately recognized from all angles as being in clear contrast to and distinct from the other members of the team. The libero and/or his/her teammates shall wear a solid-colored uniform…

NFHS Launches Interscholastic Officiating Course

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 16, 2011) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has officially launched its Interscholastic Officiating Course. The online course is the “first-of-its-kind” in a series of officiating courses from the NFHS, and is designed to introduce new officials or individuals interested in becoming an official to the world of interscholastic officiating. The course covers topics such as the basics of becoming and staying an official, the science of officiating a contest, the art of officiating a contest and putting it all together. “The course gives aspiring officials some of the general tenets involved in the avocation,” said Mary Struckhoff, former NFHS director of sports and officials education who continues to serve as a consultant.…

19th Judicial Court Declares LHSAA Private Entity

BATON ROUGE, LA (Dec. 7, 2011) – The Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA)  announced today that the 19th Judicial District Court has declared the organization a private entity according to a November 28, 2011 ruling issued by Judge Todd Hernandez. A motion against the State of Louisiana was heard on August 29, 2011 asking for a summary judgment in the matter. The LHSAA was formed in 1920 and was established as a Louisiana non-profit corporation in 1988. The LHSAA consists of public and non-public Louisiana high schools that voluntarily apply for membership and are accepted in accordance with the corporation’s articles of incorporation, its constitution and by-laws. Based on the ruling issued, in the eyes of the 19th Judicial…

National High School Sports Record Book Moves Online

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 17, 2011) — After 32 years as a print publication, the National High School Sports Record Book has officially moved online and can be accessed on the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Web site at www.nfhs.org/recordbook. The Record Book contains all-time records for boys and girls in 16 high school sports. Visitors to the site can select from the menu of sports, and will have the option to search for specific records across all sports in the Record Book. In addition, new entries will be posted in the Record Book on an ongoing basis once the record performances are verified. Previously, records were updated annually with the printing of the book. “The National High…

NFHS Launches First Rules Application for Mobile Devices

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (November 2, 2011) — The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which has written and published playing rules for high school sports throughout its 91-year history, has released its first rules application for mobile devices. The 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules Application (App), which is now available in the Android Market, combines the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules Book and the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Case Book into one searchable mobile app. The material is cross-referenced to display related content, and is offered as a companion piece to the printed books. Developed in partnership with ArbiterSports, the 2011-12 NFHS Basketball Rules App is available at this time for Android devices only; however, the iPhone/iPad version will be released soon.…

State Tennis and Soccer Host Sites Determined

Baton Rouge, LA (September 28, 2011) – At the Annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association Executive Committee Fall Meeting held earlier today, host sites were awarded for the State Soccer Championships and the State Tennis Tournament. The 2012 – 2013 LHSAA State Soccer Championships will once again be hosted by City Park of New Orleans at Tad Gormley Stadium. The 2012 – 2013 State Tennis Tournament was awarded to the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will be held on the campus of The University of Louisiana at Monroe and other venues in the city. “The Monroe – West Monroe community is very appreciative to the LHSAA for accepting our proposal to host the state tennis tournament,” said Director…

LHSAA & Louisiana Superdome Extend Prep Classic Contract

BATON ROUGE (September 30, 2011) – Over the last few months, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association and the Louisiana Superdome have been in negotiations to solidify a contract for the LHSAA Prep Football Classic.  “We are proud to announce that an agreement has been made and the state football championships will remain in New Orleans for the next five years,” said Executive Director, Kenny Henderson.  “The Superdome has been the home to this exceptional event since the early 1980’s and it is great to know that it will remain there.” Adds Superdome General Manager Alan Freeman, "Keeping the LHSAA Football Prep Classic in New Orleans, and at the Superdome, is of paramount importance to us.  We want to insure…

Attendance at High School Sporting Events Tops 500 Million

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 17, 2011) — More fans attend high school basketball and football events than the same sports at the college and professional levels combined, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). During the 2009-10 school year, approximately 336 million fans attended high school regular-season and playoff games in football and girls and boys basketball – more than 2½ times the 133 million spectators who attended events in those sports at the college and professional levels. In addition, attendance at events in the top 16 high school sports from a participation standpoint was approximately 510 million during the 2009-10 school year, including 468 million during regular-season events and 42 million for…

NFHS Concussion Course (Reaches 200,000 Milestone)

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) remains at the forefront of the concussion issue in sports as more than 200,000 individuals have taken the “Concussion in Sports – What You Need to Know” online course. Developed by the NFHS in May 2010 as a part of its Coach Education Program, this free online course, which can be accessed at www.nfhslearn.com, provides a brief overview of how a person can recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. “We are pleased that high school coaches and administrators are continuing to educate students, parents and others about the issue of concussion in sports,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “This course is a tremendous resource to help the leaders…

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