New Mexico Activities Association
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2008)|
|New Mexico Activities Association|
|Headquarters||6600 Palomas NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
|Region served||New Mexico|
|Membership||150+ high schools|
|Executive Director||Gary Tripp|
|Affiliations||National Federation of State High School Associations|
The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) is a nonprofit organization that regulates interscholastic programs for junior and senior high schools in New Mexico. It hosts the statewide sports championship games each year. This article discusses the NMAA organization itself; for information on tournaments and winners of the annual state championships see List of New Mexico Activities Association championships.
|“||...one governing body remains consistently powerful and controversial. That body is a relatively unknown source of school policy in New Mexico—the New Mexico Activities Association.||”|
—David L. Colton and Luciano Baca (2006):285
NMAA was organized in 1921 by John Milne, James Bickley, F. H. Lynn, and J. D. Shinkle as the New Mexico High School Athletic Association. In 1953 it began adding non-athletic activities and changed its name to New Mexico High School Activities Association. It continued to broaden its coverage and in 1961 changed its name to the present New Mexico Activities Association. The Hall of Pride and Honor was opened in 1992.:13–17
Scope, membership, and governance
NMAA was incorporated as a New Mexico nonprofit corporation in 1964.:14 :2 In 1997 there was a major restructuring, with the Board of Directors replacing the Executive Committee as the governing body. The present Executive Director, Gary Tripp, took office in 2004.:17 
Even though NMAA is a private organization, it is regulated to some extent by the State of New Mexico. New Mexico law (NMSA 1978 22-2-2L) gives the Public Education Department authority over "an association or organization attempting to regulate a public school activity", giving it authority to approve or disapprove rules and to require performance and financial audits, and requiring the organizations to comply with New Mexico's Open Meetings Act and its Public Records Act.
Membership in NMAA is open to public, private and parochial middle/junior high and senior high schools in New Mexico. As of late 2008, NMAA had 187 member middle schools and junior high schools and 163 member high schools. A list of member high schools is available.
NMAA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Total revenue for the year ending June 30, 2007 was $3,961,100. NMAA claims to be a national leader in corporate development (that is, attracting sponsorships). In 1998 NMAA was reported to have multi-year sponsorship agreements with 50 firms, bringing in $100 to $35,000 per firm. In 2007 NMAA was reported to have increased its sponsorship revenue from $27,000 to $700,000 over the past four years. As of late 2008 the NMAA web site listed 31 corporate sponsors.
NMAA-sanctioned athletics are: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling, Spirit (Cheerleading and Drill Team),
NMAA-sanctioned non-athletic activities are: Athletic Training Challenge, Bowling, Business Professionals of America, Chess, Choir, Concert Band, DECA Marketing Education, Drama / One Act Play, English Expo, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, FFA Agriculture Education, Health Occupations Students of America, Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Mock Trial, Rodeo, Scholastic Publications, Science Fair, Science Olympiad, SkillsUSA, Speech and Debate, Student Council, Technology Student Association. Not all of these are competitive.
Athletic alignment and classification
The NMAA divides school sports into classes by geographic location ("District") and by enrollment ("Class"). An example is 5-3A, meaning District 5 and Class AAA. The number of districts varies by sport. A school may choose to compete in a higher class than its enrollment would indicate. Thus, a particular school may be in different districts and classes in different sports. For example, in 2008 Albuquerque Academy is in District 5-4A for most sports, but is in District 4-3A for football. Menaul School is in District 6-1A in most sports, District 1-8M (an eight-man division) in football, and District 1-1A/3A in golf (which combines the 1A, 2A and 3A classes). A complete listing of alignment and classification is available. In December 2008 NMAA issued a proposed revised schedule of alignment and classification.
Awards and honors
The NMAA Hall of Pride and Honor is located in the NMAA building in Albuquerque. It includes the NMAA Hall of Fame, the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor, the New Mexico Officials Association Hall of Fame, and a hall of the persons from New Mexico who have been inducted in the National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame.
The NMAA Foundation was founded in 2007. It raises funds and awards scholarships to individuals and grants to school programs in the activities sanctioned by NMAA.
NMAA hosts the tournaments that determine the statewide champions in 13 different sports.
Past team state champions
Schools With Most Team Titles
|Rank||# of Titles||School||City||# of Boys Titles||# of Girls Titles||First||Last|
|2||108||La Cueva High School||Albuquerque||58||50||1987||2013|
|3||98||Los Alamos High School||Los Alamos||39||59||1966||2013|
|4||63||Carlsbad High School||Carlsbad, New Mexico||41||22||2009|
|5||63||Highland High School||Albuquerque||59||4||2009|
|6||56||Eldorado High School||Albuquerque||23||33||2010|
|7||55||Albuquerque High School||Albuquerque||54||1||1921|
|8||53||St. Pius X High School||Albuquerque||37||16||2009|
|9||50||Lovington High School||Lovington||37||13||2009|
|10||49||Artesia High School||Artesia||41||8||2007|
|11||43||Jal High School||Jal||32||11||2008|
|12||42||Hobbs High School||Hobbs||34||8||2008|
|13||41||Goddard High School||Roswell||20||21||2009|
|15||38||Fort Sumner High School||Fort Sumner||25||13||2009|
|16||38||Farmington High School||Farmington||24||14||2009|
|17||37||Gallup High School||Gallup||19||18||2007|
|18||37||Las Cruces High School||Las Cruces||27||10||2008|
|19||37||St. Michael's High School||Santa Fe||23||14||2009|
|20||37||Clovis High School||Clovis||20||17||2009|
Schools with most team titles in one sport
|2||22||Laguna Acoma||Casa Blanca||Boys Cross Country||1969||2012|
|4||21||Albuquerque Academy||Albuquerque||Boys Swimming||1972||2010|
|5||20||Albuquerque High||Albuquerque||Boys Track||1913||1960|
|6||19||Kirtland Central||Kirtland||Girls Basketball||1980||2012|
|7||18||Gallup||Gallup||Boys Cross Country||1983||2007|
|9||17||Los Alamos||Los Alamos||Boys Swimming||1953||2005|
|9||17||St. Pius X||Albuquerque||Boys Soccer||1988||2008|
|9||17||Los Alamos||Los Alamos||Girls Cross Country||1981||2013|
|14||16||Albuquerque Academy||Albuquerque||Girls Swimming||1975||2012|
|14||16||Fort Sumner||Fort Sumner||Boys Track||1955||2010|
|19||15||Albuquerque Academy||Albuquerque Academy||Boys Tennis||1993||2013|
|19||15||Los Alamos||Los Alamos||Girls Swimming||1970||2004|
|21||14||La Cueva||La Cueva||Girls Soccer||1989||2012|
|21||14||Zuni||Zuni||Boys Cross Country||1968||2007|
|21||14||Gallup||Gallup||Girls Cross Country||1988||2005|
- "About NMAA". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
- "Farmers Insurance Group Becomes NMAA Major Corporate Partner" (Press release). New Mexico Activities Association. 2007-09-05. Retrieved 2008-12-16. "Each year the NMAA hosts State Championship events in 13 sports; starting in November and concluding in mid May."
- Garcia, F. Chris; Hain, Paul L.; St. Clair, Gilbert K. et al., eds. (2006). Governing New Mexico. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 978-0-8263-4128-0.
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- Morrison, Steve (November 1998). "A Corporate Pitch for Athletics". School Administrator 55 (10): 23.
- "New Mexico’s Mark Koski joins NFHS staff" (Press release). National Federation of State High School Associations. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2008-12-15.
- "NMAA Corporate Sponsors". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
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- "NMAA Activities". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
- "NMAA Handbook: Section IV: Alignment and Classification" (PDF). New Mexico Activities Association. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 14 December 2008.
- "Member Schools: Albuquerque Academy". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "Member Schools: Menaul High School". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
- "Alignment and Classification 2008–2009 and 2009–2010" (PDF). New Mexico Activities Association. 2008-12-05. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
- "Alignment and Classification Proposal: 2010–2011 thru 2013–2014" (PDF). New Mexico Activities Association. 2008-12-10. Retrieved 11 December 2008.[dead link]
- "NMAA Hall of Pride and Honor". New Mexico Activities Association.
- "New Mexico Activities Association Foundation". New Mexico Activities Association. Retrieved 15 December 2008.[dead link]
- NMAA. "New Mexico Activities Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.[dead link]