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National Federation of State High School Associations
National Federation of State High School Associations
Abbreviation NFHS
Formation 1920
Type 501(c)(3) - Tax Exempt
Legal status Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 690 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204, United States
Region served
 United States
18,500+ high schools
Official language
Executive Director
Bob Gardner

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) is the body that writes the rules of competition for most high school sports and activities in the United States. NFHS's headquarters are located in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2]

Member and affiliate associations

Over 17,000 high schools belong to associations that are members of the NFHS. Most high schools, whether public or private, belong to their state's high school association; in turn, each state association belongs to the NFHS. However, in states that have separate associations for public and non-public high schools, only the public-school bodies are full NFHS members.

For example, the Texas University Interscholastic League (public schools, with non-public schools generally not allowed) is a full member; the largest association governing non-public schools, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, is an affiliate member, while other governing bodies are not NFHS members at any level. Similarly, the Virginia High School League, open only to public schools, is a full member, the state's largest association for non-public schools is an affiliate member, and other governing bodies are not members at all.

The case in Mississippi is slightly different; the body governing public schools is a full member, while the body governing private schools is not an NFHS member at any level. In the state of Alabama, the public schools and a handful of private schools compete in the AHSAA (Alabama High School Athletic Association) which is a full member of the NFHS. The majority of private schools in the state are members of the AISA (Alabama Independent School Association) a non-member that uses NFHS rules. The AHSAA will not allow its members to play AISA schools but the AISA schools do compete with public and private schools outside of Alabama.[]

NFHS Headquarters, with the NCAA Hall of Champions in the background

Iowa has separate governing associations for boys' and girls' sports - the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Only the Iowa High School Athletic Association is a full member of the NFHS; the girls' governing body is an affiliate member.

The provincial associations of Canada are affiliate members of the NFHS.

The NFHS publishes rules books for each sport or activity, and most states adopt those rules wholly for state high school competition including the non member private school associations.

The NFHS offered an online Coach Education Program in January 2007. It released a course, Fundamentals of Coaching. The NFHS has announced that it will offer a National Coach Certification in September 2009. This will enable to coaches to become a Level 1 - Accredited Interscholastic Coach issued by the NFHS.[3]

Member associations

Affiliate associations

Players by sport

2014-5 season

  • American football (11-player): 1,085,182
  • Track and field (outdoor): 1,057,358
  • Basketball: 970,983
  • Soccer: 808,250
  • Baseball: 487,770
  • Volleyball: 486,594
  • Cross-country: 472,597
  • Tennis: 340,116
  • Softball (fast pitch): 365,528
  • Swimming and diving: 303,925
  • Wrestling: 269,704
  • Golf: 221,405
  • Lacrosse: 193,235
  • Total: 7,807,047

Source: [55]

NFHS National High School Hall of Fame

See also: U.S. high-school baseball awards and USA Today All-USA high school football team

Started in 1982, the National High School Hall of Fame[56] honors high-school athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, fine arts coaches/directors and others for their achievements and accomplishments in high-school sports and activity programs.

  • Year-by-year inductions[57]
  • Inductions by state[58]

See also

References, including organizations' official websites

  1. ^
  2. ^ "NFHS: About Us". Retrieved 2010. 
  3. ^ Brown, Allison (September 24, 2009). "Three New Coach Education Courses Now Available". National Federation of State High School Associations. Retrieved 2011. 
  4. ^ Alabama High School Athletic Association. AHSAA. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  5. ^ Alaska School Activities Association
  6. ^ AIA Online. AIA Online (2010-07-15). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  7. ^ Arkansas Activities Association - Arkansas High School Sports and Activities. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  8. ^ California Interscholastic Federation. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  9. ^ Colorado High School Activities Association. CHSAA. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  10. ^ Welcome to!!. (2013-04-01). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  11. ^ [1] Archived August 14, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  13. ^ Georgia High School Association. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  14. ^ The Fast Track to Hawaii High School Sports - Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  15. ^ IHSAA - Home. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  16. ^ Illinois High School Association
  17. ^ Indiana High School Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  18. ^ Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  19. ^ KSHSAA. KSHSAA. Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  20. ^ Kentucky High School Athletic Association | KHSAA - Student-athletes of Today, Leaders of Tomorrow
  21. ^ Louisiana High School Athletic Association
  22. ^ Maine Principals Association, Interscholastic and Professional Support. (2013-08-06). Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  23. ^ Home Page -
  24. ^ Retrieved on 2013-08-12.
  25. ^ Michigan High School Athletic Association
  26. ^ Welcome to the Minnesota State High School League!
  27. ^ Home | Mississippi High School Activities Association
  28. ^ ::MSHSAA::Missouri State High School Activities Association
  29. ^ Montana High School Association
  30. ^ Nebraska School Activities Association
  31. ^ Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association : NIAA
  32. ^ NHIAA | New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association | NH Sports
  33. ^ Welcome to The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
  34. ^ [2]
  35. ^ New York State Public High School Athletic Association
  36. ^ NCHSAA - North Carolina High School Athletic Association
  37. ^ Welcome to NDHSAA |
  38. ^ Ohio High School Athletic Association
  39. ^ OSSAA Home
  40. ^ OSAA - Home
  41. ^ PIAA - Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association
  42. ^ - Welcome!
  43. ^ SCHSL
  44. ^ Home | SDHSAA
  45. ^ TSSAA Home Page
  46. ^ [3] Archived February 21, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  47. ^
  48. ^ Vermont Principals Association / Overview
  49. ^ VHSL - Home Page
  50. ^ WIAA | Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
  51. ^ Welcome to the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission's Home Page
  52. ^ Home | Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association
  53. ^ Wyoming High School Activities Association
  54. ^ NFHS | National Federation of State High School Associations - Affiliate Associations
  55. ^ 2014-15 NFHS participation survey
  56. ^ National High School Hall of Fame webpage. National Federation of State High School Associations website. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  57. ^ Hall of Fame - Year by Year inductions (1982 to date). National High School Hall of Fame webpage. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
  58. ^ Hall of Fame - Inductions by State. National High School Hall of Fame webpage. Retrieved 2010-08-21.

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