For Parents

The NMAA is excited to introduce this page designed specifically for parents of students participating in or interested in high school athletics and activities.  Our goal is to keep you informed of current news and information, and to maintain an up-to-date listing of the many outside resources relevant to students and their parents.



NFHS Position Statement on Energy Drinks
NFHS Health and Wellness
Fluid Replacement & Hydration
Heat Related Illness 


Academic standards for prospective college athletes vary depending on which institution is chosen, as well as the level of play at which the athlete participates.  There are three governing bodies of collegiate athletics; the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA, all which have varying expectations of prospective collegiate athletes.  Click on the links below to find out more information about each governing body associated with college athletics.  Please note that in addition to understanding this basic information, parents and students should initiate contact with a high school advisor to ensure that all necessary requirements for collegiate athletic eligibility are met prior to graduating from high school.

NMHSCA Recruiting Webinar

- The webinar is about one hour in length and addresses many important recruiting topics including: Scholarship Myths and Facts, the NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers, NCAA Core Course Requirements, National Letter of Intent, Finding the Right School, and much more.

*Those looking to participate in Division III athletics should contact the post-secondary institution for more information regarding admission and participation in athletics.



Free SAT/ACT PowerPrep for NM High School Students, Parents and Educators

14 Points on Being a Sports Parent


On an annual basis, all student athletes and their parents are required to read and sign the NMAA Fact Sheet/Informed Consent Form before sport participation begins.  Review the links below for further information regarding concussions and interscholastic athletics.

1. NMAA Fact Sheet/Informed Consent Form
2. NFHS- Free Online Concussion Course
3. NCAA- Concussion in Sports
4. NM Law on Brain Injury and Sport (SB137)
5. Center for Disease Control-Concussion Information
6. Stop Sport Injuries


All student athletes must receive a physical prior to athletic participation.  A physical form, signed by the performing physician, must be submitted to the school before a student is declared eligible.  The form below is an example, but physicians may supply their own form as well. 
Please be aware that this is only one of three different forms required prior to participation in interscholastic athletics. Please contact your local school for a code of conduct form and a student/parent permission form.   For any questions regarding the physical form, please contact Mindy Ioane at 505.923.3280 or

Medical Examination for Participation in Interscholastic Activities Form


Please review and understand the sections of the NMAA Handbook below which are relevant to your child’s participation in high school athletics and activities.

NMAA Handbook- Section 6: Eligibility Rules and Regulations
NMAA Handbook- Section 7: Sport Specific Regulations
NMAA Handbook- Section 10: Home School, Charter School & Alternative School Regulations
NMAA Handbook Section 8: Activities


Contacts for questions regarding HS Eligibility:

Sally Marquez, Executive Director- 505-923-3267 or

Scott Owen, Assistant Director- 505-923-3273 or



The New Mexico Activities Association Foundation was established in 2007 as a non-profit 501c3 organization that awards scholarships and grants to participants throughout the state in interscholastic athletics and activities. Listed below are links to current scholarship information and upcoming Foundation events.

Foundation Scholarship Info

Foundation Contact
Dusty Young (NMAA Associate Director)



The New Mexico Activities Association, with the support of the New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Bureau and the assistance of the American Athletic Institute has successfully launched Life of An  This interactive, on-line curriculum focuses on the dangers of alcohol as it relates to a student-athlete’s life and athletic performance.  This nationally unique program is free and takes approximately 45-50 minutes to complete.

NMAA Life of An Athlete Homepage