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.
The mission of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee is to ensure that all athletes from NMAA member schools are provided with sound and consistent medical expertise to enhance the safety of their athletic experience.
On an annual basis:
- All student-athletes and their parents are required to read and sign the NMAA Concussion Fact Sheet/Informed Consent Form before sports participation begins.
- 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. Physicals must be conducted on or after April 1 of the previous school year to be considered current.
Please be aware that the physical form 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 information on sports physicals and concussion management, as well as other sports medicine related areas, please visit the NMAA Sports Medicine webpage.
Please review and be familiar with the following sections of the NMAA Handbook which are relevant to your child’s participation in high school athletics and activities.
*SECTION 6 – ELIGIBILITY RULES AND REGULATIONS
*SECTION 7 – SPORT SPECIFIC REGULATIONS
*SECTION 8 – ACTIVITIES
*SECTION 9 – MIDDLE SCHOOL/JUNIOR HIGH REGULATIONS
*SECTION 10 – HOME, CHARTER, ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL REGULATIONS
RESOURCES FOR COLLEGE BOUND ATHLETES
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.
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.
Dusty Young (NMAA Associate Director)
LIFE OF AN ATHLETE
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 Athlete.com. 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.