Monday Morning News presented by Final Forms – January 18, 2022
January 18 – Esports Start Date
January 22 – Scholastic Publications
January 31 – Baseball & Softball Start Date
February 1 – NMAA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due
February 2 – Commission Meeting
IN THE NEWS:
SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR STATE SWIMMING & WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Adjustments have been made to both the State Swimming & Diving Championships and State Wrestling Championships schedules. Swimming & Diving will now take place Wednesday, February 16th (Boys ONLY) and Saturday, February 19th (Girls ONLY). Wrestling will remain on Friday and Saturday, February 18-19 but classifications A-3A and 4A will compete Friday and 5A and Girls will compete on Saturday. For additional information please visit the sports page on the NMAA website.
NMAA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
NMAA Foundation Scholarships are awarded to students from NMAA member schools who, through the application/nomination process, demonstrate excellence in athletics, activities, academics, and character. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, February 1, 2022. For more information, please contact Chris Kedge at 505-923-3276. Click here for information regarding NMAA Foundation Scholarships.
SPRING SPORTS RULES CLINICS
The official start of the 2022 Spring Sports Season is less than a month away. As a reminder, head coaches in these sports must attend the mandatory Rules Clinic which includes presentations on NMAA Bylaws/Rules & Playing Rule Changes/Points of Emphasis. Details regarding each clinic are listed below:
Track & Field Rules Clinic
- Friday, January 21st
- 3pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque
*NOTE that coaches can attend this in-person clinic or take part in the alternate version which will be held virtually. Exact details for the alternate clinic will be communicated later this month by Chris or Jackie.
Softball Rules Clinic
- Monday, January 24th
- 5pm via Zoom
Baseball Rules Clinic
- Wednesday, January 26th
- 5pm via Zoom
Golf Rules Clinic
- Monday, January 31st
- 5pm via Zoom
Tennis Rules Clinic
- Monday, January 31st
- 630pm via Zoom
STATE SPIRIT REGISTRATION
2022 State Spirit Registration is now open. Please visit the Spirit page on the NMAA website for the links to the online Cheer and Dance registration forms. Deadline to submit your form is February 15, 2022. For questions, please contact Alissa Wesbrook at email@example.com.
BECOME AN OFFICIALS
The New Mexico Officials Association is looking for enthusiastic people that want to make an impact on the high school and middle school youth in our State by becoming a sports official. If you are interested in becoming an official, please contact Zac Stevenson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dillon Metzgar at email@example.com or call 505-923-3277.
NMAA STUDENT LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
The NMAA is looking for students to serve on our Student-Leadership Advisory Council for the following areas in the NMAA’s governance structure for the 2022-2023 school year:
Area A-Small: One representative
Area A-Large: One representative
Area B-Large: Two representatives
Area C-Small: One representative
Area C-Large: Two representatives
Area D-Large: Two representatives
At-Large (Small School Area C/D): One representative
Nominations/applications are due no later than Monday, March 1, 2022 Please click HERE for the nomination form. If you are not sure of which area your school is in, please follow this link to the NMAA’s governance structure: https://www.nmact.org/file/Section_3.pdf. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ESPORTS STARTING IN JANUARY
The 2022 NMAA Spring Esports Season is fast approaching. The official start date for Esports is Tuesday, January 18th with regular season matches set to begin January 24th. The NMAA is still working on options for SMITE and hopes to offer some sort of season and/or tournament for interested schools. Now that in-person schooling is back to somewhat normal, students must participate with their Esports program and not from home. Schools will again be able to offer multiple teams in each game title, but only one can be designated as Varsity and eligible for the state tournament.
13TH ANNUAL NMAA FOUNDATION BOWL-A-THON
The NMAA Foundation will be holding its 13th Annual Bowl-A-Thon fundraiser on Sunday February 6th, 2022, at 1pm at Ten Pins & More in Rio Rancho, NM. The cost for a team of four (4) bowlers is $275. All proceeds from the event will again be used to benefit the youth of New Mexico through student scholarships and athletic/activity program grants/support. If you have questions about the 2022 Bowl-A-Thon, please contact Tammy Richards at email@example.com or (575) 740-0409.
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, please make sure that your MaxPreps schedules are updated with scores. Having an accurate schedule on MaxPreps is vital to the seeding and selection process. Although we are still a few months away from seeding & selection for State Basketball we need to be in the habit of posting scores immediately following each contest. For help with MaxPreps, please contact Tyler Dunkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 2021-2022 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.