Monday Morning News – October 15, 2021
October 21 – Swimming & Diving Qualifying Meet Submission Deadline
October 22-23 – 6-Man Football Quarterfinals
October 22-23 – NMOA State Wrestling Clinic
October 23 – 8-Man Football Brackets Released
October 24 – Soccer Brackets Released
IN THE NEWS:
8-MAN FOOTBALL INPUT FORMS
Seeding and selection for 8-Man Football State Championships will take place Saturday, October 16. Coaches Input Forms and the District Placement Forms must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. in order to be included. WATCH the Selection Show at NMACT.org on the home page.
SOCCER COACH INPUT FORMS
Selection and seeding for State Soccer will take place Sunday, October 24th. Coaches Input Forms and the District Placement Forms must be submitted no later than 8:00 am in order to be included. WATCH the Selection Show at NMACT.org on the home page.
NMAA FOUNDATION GRANT/SUPPORT PROGRAM
The NMAA Foundation was established in 2007 to serve the schools and students of New Mexico in various ways. Most notably, this has been done through the many scholarships that the Foundation offers each year to students across the state. Another part of the NMAA Foundation’s mission is to assist schools through the awarding of financial grants/support. In the past, these funds have been used to help with costs of starting a new sport or activity, purchasing essential equipment, and helping schools in emergency situations.
Please note that although this program is still available for our schools, the application process has changed. There are now three categories for which a school can apply for funding. These are Program Start-Up, General Operating Support, and Emergency Use. Schools applying through the Emergency Use category can submit applications at any time. There are two deadlines during the school year for funding requests made via the Program Start-up and General Operating Support categories, however. The first deadline is fast approaching as this is October 31st, 2021. The second is also around the corner – December 20th, 2021. The week after these deadlines, the NMAA Foundation Board of Directors will review all applications and consider awards from there.
If you are interested in making a funding request, the school grant/support application can be accessed from the following link: https://www.nmact.org/file/NMAA_Foundation_Support_Grant_Application.pdf
The NMAA Foundation has allocated $15,000 for this program in 2021-2022, and awards typically range from $250-$1,500. Feel free to contact either myself or Tammy Richards (firstname.lastname@example.org; 505-923-3278) with questions.
REMINDER TO CHECK THE ARBITER
Athletic Directors please make sure you double, and triple check the Arbiter and make sure that all your games are in there correctly. That includes the game times. We owe it to the kids to make sure we have done the administrative side correctly, so that when they put on their uniform officials are there so teams can play.
Athletic Directors, as we get closer to the State Playoffs start in about a month, please make sure that your MaxPreps schedules are updated with scores or remove any games that were not played. Having an accurate schedule on MaxPreps is vital to the seeding and selection process. For help with MaxPreps, please contact Tyler Dunkel at email@example.com.
TEAM PHOTO POSTING DEADLINES
Per NMAA bylaw 3.9.3, team photos must be posted to MaxPreps team pages for Cross Country, Football, Soccer and Volleyball. These photos should be posted at least three weeks prior to the beginning of the State Championships. Failure to do so will subject the school to a $250.00 fine per program.
APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR SWIM/DIVE QUALIFYING MEETS
Applications for State Qualifying Meets are due Tuesday, October 21, 2021 by 3:00 pm (no exceptions). Please remember, as per NMAA bylaws, ALL qualifying meets MUST include all swimming and diving events. The application form is available here:
COMPETE WITH CLASS SCHOLARSHIP
The New Mexico Activities Association, in conjunction with the NMAA Foundation, will be awarding a maximum of eight (8) $1,000 Compete with Class scholarships during the 2021-2021 school year. Awards will be given to students that best exemplify the three pillars of the Compete with Class sportsmanship initiative – Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility. Recipients will be selected by the NMAA Foundation Board of Directors based on recommendations from the NMAA and its member schools.