Monday Morning News presented by Final Forms – January 31, 2022
January 31 – Baseball & Softball Start Date
February 1 – NMAA Foundation Scholarship Applications Due
February 2 – Commission Meeting
February 7 – Golf, Tennis & Track & Field Start Date
February 8 – Hardship Review
February 11-12 – Wrestling District Tournaments
February 11-12 – State Bowling
February 13 – Swimming & Diving Entries Due
February 14 – Wrestling Brackets Released
February 15 – State Spirit Registration Due
February 16 – NMAA Board of Directors Meeting
IN THE NEWS:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com or Dillon Metzgar at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.