2014 National High School Hall of Fame

June 10, 2014

The 32nd class of the National High School Hall of Fame will be inducted on Wednesday, July 2, at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.  All 12 members of this year’s class will be present at the press conference on July 1 to field questions.

A press release on the 2014 class, which includes five outstanding former high school athletes who excelled at the professional level, is included with this media advisory. Among the athletes are Ozzie Newsome (three-sport high school standout in Alabama, legendary tight end with the Cleveland Browns), Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway (high school All-American from Memphis, NBA star with Orlando Magic), Casey Blake (four-sport high school star in Iowa, played Major League Baseball for 13 years), Michael Devereaux (outstanding Wyoming high school athlete in Casper, played 12 years in Major League Baseball), and Suzy Powell (California high school track standout in discus, three-time Olympian).

These five individuals, along with four high school coaches, one contest official, one administrator and one in the performing arts, will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame July 2 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts. The 32nd Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be the closing event of the 95th annual NFHS Summer Meeting.

High school coaches slated for induction this year include Bob McDonald, basketball coach at Chisholm (Minnesota) High School who is retiring this year after a legendary 59-year coaching career; Morgan Gilbert, who retired last year from Tuckerman (Arkansas) High School after winning more than 1,000 games as both a basketball coach and baseball coach during a 48-year career; Katie Horstman, who started the girls sports program at Minster (Ohio) High School in 1972 and led the girls track team to eight state championships; and Frank Pecora, who becomes Vermont’s first inductee in the National High School Hall of Fame after leading Northfield (Vermont) High School to 15 state baseball championships.

Other members of the 2014 induction class are George Demetriou, a football and baseball official from Colorado Springs, Colorado, who is a state and national officiating leader in both sports; Sheryl Solberg, a state and national leader in the development of girls athletics programs during her 34 years as assistant to the executive secretary of the North Dakota High School Activities Association; and Randy Pierce, a state and national debate leader who coached debate at Pattonville High School in Maryland Heights, Missouri, for almost 40 years before retiring in 2012.

George Demetriou has officiated high school baseball and football in Colorado for 25 years, including three championship games in baseball and two in football; however, his contributions to officiating in those sports go far beyond his on-the-field accomplishments. Demetriou has served as the Colorado High School Activities Association baseball and football rules interpreter and has authored widely distributed books in both sports. He has written more than 300 articles, many of which have appeared in Referee magazine, and he is the author of an annual football study guide for NFHS and NCAA rules.


Welcome to the new new site!

May 14, 2014

When I started this 6 years ago, I never thought I would be here, covering multiple sports for the entire country. So the code I wrote wasn't efficient for that. As I cobbled more and more functions on top of functions and fixed multiple things in multiple places, it became evident that I would need to re-code the site. Also in the last 6 years, I've become a much better programmer, and there are also much better software tools to use. So now the system is ready for handling what I want to cover now.

Long story short, the site code has been re-done. There are still some final touches to address, some other backend code to move over, and optimizing the new site, but everything should be functional. I had to do it now, as I'm encountering problems being stuck having to keep the old site live. If you encounter any errors, please let me know. If you have suggestions for improvement, please use the uservoice forum to suggest ideas. You can also submit a ticket at UserVoice as well.

Finally, the user edit system is almost ready to go prime time. I'll make another post when the system is ready and you can start to request accounts.


CHSAA Legislative Council Meets April 17

April 8, 2014

The final of two Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council Meetings is slated for Thursday, April 17, at the Radisson Hotel/Red Lion Inn in Aurora, located at I-225 and Parker Road. The Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be aired live on CHSAA.tv. The CHSAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, April 16 in advance of the meeting.

The CHSAA Legislative Council is the body that determines the rules for the student participants in the state of Colorado and its 73 members represent all the individual athletic conferences, along with representatives from the Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Athletic Directors Association and Colorado Association of Secondary School Administrators. They will be voting on three administrative proposals, three sports and one activities proposals, along with four administrative committee reports, two activities committee reports and eight sport committee reports. In addition, the Legislative Council will vote on nominations to replace members on the Board of Directors and for President of the Board of Directors.

All Proposals and Committee reports that will be voted on can be found on the CHSAA website (www.chsaanow.com) under School Info. The following are brief descriptions of the agenda items:

Administrative Proposals – (Requires majority vote to pass, unless otherwise noted)

ADM-2 – Transfer Rule – The CHSAA Board of Directors is recommending a change in wording in the Transfer Rule to say “when the definition of a hardship has been met” so that it requires the that all conditions of a hardship be met prior to a school submitting one for consideration by the Commissioner. The new wording clarifies the intent of the by-law and emphasizes that a waiver may be submitted only when the criteria has met the definition of a hardship.

ADM-3 – Appeals Procedure – Submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors, this proposal adds a sentence indicating that PER STATE LAW, arbitration can only take place after all the steps in the CHSAA appeals process have taken place. It is designed to clarify what already is require under state statute.

Administrative Committees

Budget/Property Administration (Final Reading) – The committee has proposed freezing participation fees for 2015-16 school year at the 2014-15 level.

Sportsmanship – The committee has recommended a continuation of the regional sportsmanship summits and is encouraging additional summits. The CHSAA has contracted with Positive Coaches Alliance and access to that program is available for leagues.

Tournament and Playoff Finance – The committee is proposing a raise of $1 in adult ticket prices at the district and regional levels to help offset the costs of running those tournaments for schools.

Sports Committees

Basketball – The committee made adjustments in all classifications to reflect changes in enrollments. The regional format in 2A was changed to reflect a desire by the membership to have boys’ and girls’ teams at the same regional sites. The 3A format was adjusted to reflect the addition of the Confluence League, while the 4A format was changed to from 48 qualifiers to 32. Also, Class 4A will play its Great 8 games at home sites. All changes reflect information gathered from school administrators in a survey last fall.

There is an amendment from the Jefferson County League to maintain the 4A qualifiers at 48 teams due to the large number of schools in the classification.

The Lower Platte League is amending the 2A regional portion of the report to create a regional format that would create three regions (northeast, southeast, western), putting three districts in the NE and SE and giving three state qualifiers to those regionals, while limiting the state qualifiers from the W region to two.

The Southwestern League is amending the 5A portion of the report to create a one-day seeding window for the selection/seeding committees, rather than two days. All other classifications seed over a one-day period, as well.

Football – The Colorado Springs Metro 5A, Continental and Jefferson County leagues have submitted a proposal to change the seeding process for 5A football. The proposal is a collaborative effort of 5A leagues to allow for more flexibility in seeding the 32 teams that qualify for the bracket through Wild Card Points. The bracket will be seeded in quadrants and each quadrant will have eight seeds. Conference champions will be guaranteed of a first round home game by being seeded in the top 16. Additional seeding criteria will include an RPI ranking system developed by RockyPreps. The proposed seeding will provide flexibility in avoiding conference match-ups, yet maintaining appropriate seeding within the quadrants.

The Frontier League has submitted an amendment to the track report that would free up the 12th week of the season for a state qualifying meet. Currently the 12th week is limed to league championship meets.

The Legislative Council will start at 8:30 a.m. with its traditional Speak Out session where members of the public may ask to speak to the Legislative Council on pertinent issues. Speakers are limited to five minutes and may gain access to the podium by contacting CHSAA’s Bethany Brookens (303) 344-5050 by Friday, April 11 at 4:00 p.m.


Help Wanted

March 26, 2014

In growing the site, I need help with the technical aspects of the site. As such, I would like help with the following items:

  • Server management (managed current server and design ideal future server layout, LEMP preferred)
  • Layout design, CSS design (PHP5.4, HTML5, CSS3, Laravel Framework, Bootstrap, jQuery)
  • Code/Site QA (design and implement testing system)
  • AdSense Manager (design, improve and otherwise increase ad sales)
  • ??? Maybe you have an idea or can do something that doesn't fit the above? Shoot me an e-mail and we'll talk.

Payment can be negotiated. I am more interested in providing ad space or otherwise non-monetary compensation for work.

Contact: michael@rockyprep.com


NFHS, PlayOn! Sports Officially Launch NFHS Network

August 7, 2013

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and PlayOn! Sports (PlayOn) today announce the official launch of the NFHS Network, an all-digital network that will expand coverage of high school sports and performing arts events through the Internet at www.NFHSnetwork.com.

With coverage of boys and girls sports and activities initially in at least 28 states during the 2013-14 school year, the NFHS Network becomes the largest aggregated destination for coverage of high school sports in the country. Through a subscription-based digital service available atwww.NFHSnetwork.com, more students, parents and fans will be able to watch high school sports than ever before.

NFHS member associations in the following states have finalized agreements and will be a part of the NFHS Network as the 2013-14 season begins: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

In addition, member associations in a number of other states are close to completing agreements and are expected to join the NFHS Network soon.

“We believe this is one of the greatest opportunities in the 94-year history of the NFHS as we are able to take advantage of new technology and showcase high school sports and performing arts on a national scale,” said Bob Gardner, NFHS executive director. “We are excited to provide viewership opportunities for fans of high school sports that have never existed before. The NFHS Network will help showcase our primary mission of expanding participation and opportunities for involvement in education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities.”

Postseason games in all sports sponsored by states in the NFHS Network will be available online on the Network, except for select championship events for which state associations have existing television contracts with other media partners. Viewing opportunities for NFHS Network events will be posted in the coming months at www.NFHSnetwork.com.

The NFHS Network will build on the past success of PlayOn’s high-quality coverage of high school sports at the state level. PlayOn currently streams nearly 30,000 events per school year and has worked with 32 state associations and sections in 26 states.

“Teaming up with the NFHS is a natural progression to build a truly national high school sports platform while honoring the local communities that support them,” said David Rudolph, PlayOn! Sports chief executive officer. “Our mission is to serve the current and future generations of student-athletes, support and encourage their participation and make their performances accessible to their friends, family and fans on every media platform they use.”

The NFHS Network is a joint venture between the NFHS and PlayOn! Sports and will be governed and overseen by a combination of NFHS and PlayOn executives.

“Ultimately, we want to make the NFHS Network the most treasured and trusted source for high school athletics,” Gardner said.

For Colorado, this means that all playoff events broadcast rights have been granted exclusively to the NFHS Network, except for the 4A/5A Football Championships and the 4A/5A Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Championships. The CHSAA is a partner in this venture and is guaranteed a rights fee for those rights granted to the NFHS Network regardless if the NFHS Network elects to air those events. If the NFHS Network declines to air an event, then CHSAA.tv will have the right to do so. If CHSAA.tv declines that event, then the Association is free to sell those rights to other broadcasters, as in the past. This broadens CHSAA’s ability to direct the course of high school events on television and the internet, plus increasing the Association’s income.

About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)

The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction 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 writes playing rules for 16 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,000 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.6 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.

About PlayOn! Sports

PlayOn! Sports is the largest rights holder, producer, and aggregator of high school sports events distributed across television, the Internet, and IP-video enabled mobile devices. By combining state associations’ postseason content with the regular-season events of member schools, PlayOn streams more than 30,000 high school sporting events a year, providing marketers with a unique multi-media platform solution to reach teens, young adults and families. PlayOn is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in the Southeast, Midwest and California. View the PlayOn! Sports Network at www.playonsports.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @playonsports.