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NFHS offers ‘COVID-19 for Coaches’ course

https://nfhslearn.com/courses/covid-19-for-coaches-and-administrators The COVID 19 pandemic presents a myriad of challenges to high school athletic and activity programs. To help address some of those challenges, the National Federation of State High School Associations has developed “COVID-19 for Coaches and Administrators.” The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee developed “Guidance for Opening Up …

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MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton to retire December 31

June 30, 2020 Don Hinton will retire as Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association, effective December 31, 2020. Mr. Hinton joined the MHSAA staff on January 1, 2011 and was elevated to MHSAA Executive Director on July 1, 2011 following the retirement of Dr. Ennis Proctor. Mr. …

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MHSAA Return to Activity Update (June 15, 2020)

Progressing from Acclimatization Towards Normal Team Activities Recommended Steps: Two week acclimatization period mandated by the MHSAA June 1st communication 2-4 weeks of small group activities. Maintain group sizes at the limits established by the Mississippi State Department of Health. Teams should maintain separation into defined workout groups during this …

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NFHS Releases Guidelines for Return to High School Marching Band Activities

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: James Weaver INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 9, 2020) —Similar to the guidance released last month for the nationwide reopening of high school athletics and activities, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has announced suggested procedures for a safe return to high school …

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Sports, Performing Arts Essential to Health, Well-being of Students

The question this week has been, “How do we move forward and begin to see our world through a different lens?” We know that each person, each group, each organization must do their part to end racial injustice in our nation, and the NFHS stands ready to do its part. …

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MHSAA, MAC to partner with SBLive Sports

MHSAA and Mississippi Association of Coaches to partner with SBLive Sports for scores, schedules, stats, and brackets beginning August 1   June 3, 2020 Scorebook Live Inc. (SBLive Sports) will become the exclusive digital content partner for the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA), effective August 1, 2020. As the …

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Guidance for a Return to High School Marching Band

The NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and the NFHS Music Committee offer this document as guidance on how state associations can consider approaching the many components of returning to high school marching band activities across the United States.Please find the guidelines here

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DragonFly Academy now available

DragonFly Academy is an online learning center to help you master DragonFly at your own pace. With videos, screenshots, and instructional walkthroughs, you’ll have everything you need to set up your program, including game schedules. Get Started on DragonFly Academy

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MHSAA Executive Committee sets return to play measures

The MHSAA Executive Committee met Thursday to consider and implement return to activity guidelines for member schools during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Mississippi. After thorough study and deliberation as well as recommendations from medical professionals across the state, the MHSAA Executive Committee approved the following for summer athletics and …

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COVID-19 Return to Activity Guidelines 5-21-2020

Mississippi High School Activities Association COVID-19 Return to Activity Guidelines MHSAA June 1 Guidelines Clarifications May 21, 2020 Resuming Activity June 1, 2020 The state of Mississippi and local municipalities are progressively decreasing restrictions on gatherings and business openings. With those changes in mind, MHSAA schools and communities are focusing …

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MHSAA announces Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for Class of 2020

Sixteen seniors from across the state have been selected as Lindy Callahan Scholar-Athletes for the Class of 2020. The honorees — one boy and one girl from each of the MHSAA’s eight geographical districts — were chosen for their academic accomplishments as well as their participation in high school athletics …

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COVID-19 update

 COVID-19 UPDATE – May 19 The Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Committee and staff continue to monitor the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus on sports and activities for summer 2020. The MHSAA remains in communication with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the MHSAA Sports Medicine …

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Covid-19 Update – May 11, 2020

Pre-participation Physical Examinations for the 2020-21 school year:  Upon the recommendations of the NFHS and MHSAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committees, the MHSAA Executive Committee voted to approve the following for the upcoming 2020-21 school year: Sports and activities physicals (pre-participation physical evaluations) conducted on or after April 1, 2019, will …

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New Policy Debate Quarterly Features 2020-21 Debate Topic of Criminal Justice Reform

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: James Weaver INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 8, 2020) — The almost-century old publication for high school debaters has a new name. After 93 years as The Forensic Quarterly, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has re-titled the publication The Policy Debate Quarterly (PDQ) to more …

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COVID-19 and Musical Instrument Cleaning

The NFHS, NAfME and the NAMM Foundation recommend the following guidelines for handling musical instruments during the COVID-19 school shutdown period. These guidelines are designed for use by music educators and educators may use these guidelines when teaching students and parents how to clean instruments. Sterilization vs. Disinfection There is …

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Swimming Rules Changes Clarify Proper Race Finish, Official Timing Procedures

By NFHS on April 14, 2020 Providing more clarity on a proper race finish and official timing procedures are among the noteworthy high school swimming and diving rules changes for the 2020-21 school year. These topics were among those discussed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) …

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Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star Baseball Game suspended

Crossroad Diamond Club, sponsors of the annual high school baseball all-star game for the MAC, has voted to suspend the all-star event due to the coronavirus. This is only the second time in 45 years that the event has been suspended. Even though the club is unable to hold the …

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All sports, activities canceled until start of next school year

The Executive Committee of the the Mississippi High School Activities Association voted Wednesday morning to cancel all sports and activities until the start of the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Committee’s decision follows Tuesday’s announcement by Gov. Tate Reeves that all public schools will be closed for …

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Music Publishers Agree to Allow Educational Use of Copyrighted Music

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: James Weaver INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 14, 2020) — Several prominent music publishers have temporarily allowed the use of their copyrighted music for educational purposes through an agreement with the NFHS and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). These guidelines are designed to allow high school …

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