NJSIAA Update The NJSIAA was originally founded in September 1918 by 50 representatives from 21 public and private schools throughout the state of NJ. Soon after, additional schools joined the conversation and in November 1918, a formal constitution was adopted by 32 member schools surrounding the sport of football. This voluntary organization was to be known as the New Jersey Football Association. In March 1919, the name was changed to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Over the past century, the membership has grown from 32 member schools to approximately 435 member schools. While football was the first championship sport in the fall of 1918, many sports followed in 1919… basketball, baseball, cross country and spring track and field. As of today, the NJSIAA conducts State Championships in 31 sports…girls have 15 and boys have 16 state championships. The NJSIAA currently ranks 9th in the nation for total number of participants, with approximately 285,000 student-athletes participating in its 31 sanctioned sports. Basketball is the most popular sport for both boys and girls on a school participation basis (approximately 430 of the 435 member schools offer either and/or both boys and girls basketball). On an individual participant basis, football is the most popular with the boys and spring track the most popular with the girls. On January 1, 2018, Larry L. White became the 8th Executive Director of the NJSIAA. Assisting Mr. White are 5 Assistant Directors (Jack DuBois, Kim DeGraw-Cole, Bill Bruno, Al Stumpf, and Tony Maselli), a Director of Finance & Administration (Colleen Maguire), an outside general counsel (Steve Goodell) and 9 administrative staff members. In addition to overseeing sports championships, the Directors also have numerous other roles and responsibilities such as the NJSCA, Officials’ Associations, Eligibility and Transfers, Co-Operative Sports Programs, and representation on NFHS sport committees. Mr. White also oversees the NJSIAA’s Medical Advisory Committee, which is chaired by Dr. Jack Kripsak, and has been a leader in concussion protocol, hydration testing and steroid testing. The NJSIAA was recently ranked #5 on the National Health & Safety State Report Card. A few of the ongoing initiatives are mental health of the student-athletes, opioid awareness and wet globe bulb temperature monitoring to assist in identifying safe practicing conditions. In conjunction with its legal counsel, Mr. White and his staff have recently developed a transgender policy and drone policy that were enacted by the NJSIAA Executive Committee…both policies have received national attention for their progressive positions. The NJSIAA always has been, and continues to be, a member-driven organization committed to the philosophy of education-based athletic programs. Member schools are the ones that initiate new rules and changes to existing rules…Mr. White and his staff are tasked with interpreting and enforcing the rules as written by the member schools.
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