National Federation of State High School Associations
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|National Federation of State High School Associations|
|Headquarters||1802 Alonzo Watford Sr. Dr.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46206
|Region served||United States|
|Membership||18,500+ high schools|
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. Most high schools, whether public or private, belong to their state's high school association; in turn, each state association belongs to the NFHS. Over 17,000 high schools belong to associations that are members of the NFHS. NFHS's headquarters are located in White River State Park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
However, in states that have separate associations for public and non-public high schools, only the public-school bodies are NFHS members. For example, the Texas University Interscholastic League (public schools, with non-public schools generally not allowed) is a member, while the associations governing non-public schools, the largest of which is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, are not. Similarly, the Virginia High School League, open only to public schools, is a member, while the state's parallel associations for non-public schools are not. The same is the case in Mississippi, where the body governing public schools is a member, while the body governing private schools is not.
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 counted as 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.
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.
Member associations 
- Alabama High School Athletic Association
- Alaska School Activities Association
- Arizona Interscholastic Association
- Arkansas Activities Association
- California Interscholastic Federation
- Colorado High School Activities Association
- Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
- Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association
- District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Florida High School Athletic Association
- Georgia High School Association
- Hawaii High School Athletic Association
- Idaho High School Activities Association
- Illinois High School Association
- Indiana High School Athletic Association
- Iowa High School Athletic Association
- Kansas State High School Activities Association
- Kentucky High School Athletic Association
- Louisiana High School Athletic Association
- Maine Principals' Association
- Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association
- Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Michigan High School Athletic Association
- Minnesota State High School League
- Mississippi High School Activities Association
- Missouri State High School Activities Association
- Montana High School Association
- Nebraska School Activities Association
- Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association
- New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association
- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
- New Mexico Activities Association
- New York State Public High School Athletic Association
- North Carolina High School Athletic Association
- North Dakota High School Activities Association
- Ohio High School Athletic Association
- Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association
- Oregon School Activities Association
- Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Rhode Island Interscholastic League
- South Carolina High School League
- South Dakota High School Activities Association
- Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
- University Interscholastic League (Texas)
- Utah High School Activities Association
- Vermont Principals' Association
- Virginia High School League
- Washington Interscholastic Activities Association
- West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission
- Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Wyoming High School Activities Association
Affiliate Associations 
- Alberta Schools Athletic Association
- British Columbia School Sports
- Department of Defense Education Activity
- Florida School Music Association
- Georgia Independent School Association
- Illinois Elementary School Association
- Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam
- Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union
- Iowa High School Music Association
- Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association, Inc
- Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association
- New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation
- Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations
- Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association
- Quebec Student Sport Federation
- Saint Thomas Saint John Interscholastic Association
- Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association
- School Sports Newfoundland and Labrador
- South Carolina Independent School Association
- St. Croix Interscholastic Athletic Association
- Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
- Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association
- Wisconsin High School Forensic Assn
- Wisconsin School Music Association
NFHS National High School Hall of Fame 
Started in 1982, the National High School Hall of Fame 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.
See also 
- Gatorade Player of the Year awards (in various sports)
- Wendy's High School Heisman (student-athletes in various sports)
References, including organizations' official websites 
- "NFHS: About Us". Retrieved July 29, 2010.
- Brown, Allison (September 24, 2009). "Three New Coach Education Courses Now Available". National Federation of State High School Associations. Retrieved April 25, 2011.
- National High School Hall of Fame webpage. National Federation of State High School Associations website. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- Hall of Fame - Year by Year inductions (1982 to date). National High School Hall of Fame webpage. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
- Hall of Fame - Inductions by State. National High School Hall of Fame webpage. Retrieved 2010-08-21.
Further reading 
- "Five Outstanding Olympic Athletes Headline 2010 NFHS National High School Hall of Fame Class". National Federation of State High School Associations. March 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
- Official website
- NFHS Learn
- NFHS Record Book covering various sports, including baseball, basketball, softball, football, and both field and ice hockey