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National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

Self Description

November 2007: "Since 1920, The National Federation of State High School Associations has led the development of education -based interscholastic sports and activities that help students succeed in their lives. We set directions for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities.

The NFHS, from its offices in Indianapolis, Indiana, serves its 50 member state high school athletic/activity associations, plus the District of Columbia. The NFHS publishes playing rules in 16 sports for boys and girls competition and administers fine arts programs in speech, theater, debate and music. It provides a variety of program initiatives that reach the 18,500 high schools and over 11 million students involved in athletic and activity programs."

Third-Party Descriptions

June 2014: "Last year, 474,791 American boys played high school baseball, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations; 1,259 girls did. In some cases these girls were the only ones in their entire state. No college scholarships lie ahead, as they do in softball. Without the development of skills and talent at the high school and college level, a national women’s baseball team that plays in a World Cup will be treated as little more than a curiosity, struggling to find the attention it deserves."

November 2008: "USA Swimming, the sport's national governing body, in late September banned the suits at sanctioned events for athletes 12 years old and younger, citing cost and other concerns, but the National Federation of State High School Associations has taken no action, noting there is no scientific proof the suits provide a competitive advantage."

January 2008: 'As one of the other heats was held, two meet officials signaled to Kelly and asked her about her uniform. Meet director Tom Rogers said Kelly's uniform violated rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations, which sanctioned the event, by not being "a single-solid color and unadorned, except for a single school name or insignia no more than 2 1/4 inches."'

May 2007: "The effort began to take shape during a meeting in March at the headquarters of the Drug Enforcement Administration attended by National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell and high-ranking officials from Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League, according to several people who participated in the talks. A follow-up meeting was held last week at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Also in attendance at both sessions were representatives from the Department of Justice and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in addition to representatives of the four professional leagues' players unions and officials from the NCAA and the National Federation of State High School Associations."


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Articles and Resources

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Jun 06, 2014 Is Softball Sexist?

QUOTE: women have been playing baseball since long before they had the right to vote. As the national pastime went professional, women were forced out of it — and into softball. Title IX, the 1972 federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education, also protects equal access to and funding of sports for boys and girls at the school level, and girls have been fighting to play baseball — with lawsuits, if necessary — since the 1970s.

New York Times
Jun 13, 2009 A City Team’s Struggle Shows Disparity in Girls’ Sports (Left Behind Part 1 of 2)

QUOTE: the revolution in girls’ sports has largely bypassed the nation’s cities, where public school districts short on money often view sports as a luxury rather than an entitlement.

New York Times
Nov 09, 2008 For Amateur Swimmers, the Cost Of Success Doesn't Suit Everyone

QUOTE: The futuristic swimsuits worn last summer by nearly every competitor at the Beijing Olympics, most notably Michael Phelps, are generating an aquatic version of class warfare as college and high school swim seasons get underway...Many collegiate coaches and parents of promising young swimmers don't have the budgets for the suits. But they fear their kids will be hindered without them.

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2008 When the Rules Run Up Against Faith: Prep Athlete Wearing Muslim Clothing Disqualified From Track Meet

QUOTE: disqualified from Saturday's Montgomery Invitational indoor track and field meet after officials said her Muslim clothing violated national competition rules.

Washington Post
May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources

QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.

Washington Post