Directors Desk

The following are articles written by the GHSA Executive Director

The Case for High School Activities

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) designates October as “National High School Activities Month.” Each week in October is given a theme for interested schools nationwide to create initiatives celebrating the gamut of sports, clubs and other high school activities. Schools are encouraged to promote the values inherent in high school athletics and other activities such as speech, music, drama, band and spirit squads. Citizenship and emphasis on sportsmanship are also part of the focus for the month. (See schedule below)


Many Exciting Changes on Tap for GHSA This School Year

The start of each school year brings much excitement and anticipation for all elements of our various educational communities. Students entering high school for the first time have a different set of anticipations and sometimes anxieties than do the veteran high school students – those juniors and seniors. Sports fans at every level (high school, college, professional) exhibit renewed enthusiasm for the fall sports that we do not see at other times of the year.

Spring Season is the Right Time to Emphasize Sportsmanship

For the 2015-2016 school year, Georgia High School Association activities are two-thirds complete. The spring brings competitions in the largest array of sports and activities, from traditional sports like baseball and track and field to emerging sports such as lacrosse.
This last tri-mester of the athletic year brings many challenges, one of which is sportsmanship. Maintaining good sportsmanship is a traditional value that needs a lot of attention at GHSA activities.

Value of School-Based Athletics Worth the Problems

By the time this newsletter is fully distributed to all our member schools, corporate partners and other supporters of the Georgia High School Association, winter sports will have reached their conclusion for 2016. We concluded Team Duals Wrestling in mid-January, Swimming and Diving in early February and the Traditional Wrestling Tournament in mid-February. Literally thousands of student athletes have competed in these championship events. Thousands of spectators have filled venues around the state to watch these events and to cheer on individual athletes and the schools and teams they represent.

"History of GHSA" Contains Some Surprising Facts

As part of an Employee Handbook we are working on in the GHSA office, I recently gave Media Director Steve Figueroa the task of compiling a brief history of the GHSA. Using numerous published resources, he came up with some interesting facts about our organization.

For example, did you know that the GHSA was headquarted in Athens for the first few years? Only after Sam Burke was hired did the office move to its present location of Thomaston.

Reclassification Process Still Far From Finish Line

The Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee approved a reclassification plan for its 451 member schools on Monday, August 17, 2015 at its regularly scheduled meeting in Macon. The Committee’s action puts in place the frame work for distribution of schools for the next four years (2016-2020).

Here are the basic components of the plan:

GHSA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee Re-Energized

Some years ago, the Executive Committee of the Georgia High School Association authorized the formation of a Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC). In the years since, this Committee has been at times active and regrettably inactive. Leading into the fall of 2014, the GHSA renewed its emphasis on the importance of the SMAC and the role it can play in the safety of all athletes. The Committee redefined its mission as well:

How Does Your School Define the Word ‘Success?’

Often times in our complex society, we seek to use the spoken word and or phrases to define terms that may be in conflict with the written word. Different groups and individuals choose to use differing descriptions for the same word or phrase.

One such word that carries multiple definitions is the word “SUCCESS.” As the winter competitive seasons draw to a close, perhaps we should explore the word “SUCCESS” and the phrase “SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.”