New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association

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New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association
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Abbreviation NHIAA
Formation 1947
Type Volunteer; NPO
Legal status Association
Purpose Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 251 Clinton St.
Concord, NH 03301
Region served
New Hampshire
Official language
Executive Director
R. Patrick Corbin
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) is the governing body for sports competitions among all public and some private high schools in New Hampshire. It is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.


Schools competing under the NHIAA are grouped into four classes:

  • Division IV: up to 350 students
  • Division III: 351-670 students
  • Division II: 671-1200 students
  • Division I: over 1200 students

Schools are reclassified every two years. The classification thresholds are periodically adjusted so as to result in an approximately equal number of teams in each class. Schools may petition the NHIAA to play in a class higher than that in which they would otherwise be placed.

For some sports (e.g. football or ice hockey), competition is not organized based on school class, but based on divisions established by the NHIAA committee governing the individual sport.

Classifications for 2016–2017 are as follows:

Division I (formerly Class L)[edit]

Division II (formerly Class I)[edit]

Division III (formerly Class M)[edit]

Division IV (formerly Class S)[edit]


The NHIAA sanctions competitions in the following sports:

Fall Season[edit]

Sport Divisions
Cross Country Three divisions (I, II, III)
Field Hockey Three classes (L, I, M/S)
Football Divisions I through VI
Golf Boys: three classes (L, I, M/S); Girls: one class
Soccer Four classes (L, I, M, S)
Spirit Two classes (L, I/M/S)
Volleyball Girls: divisions I through III; Boys: one class

Winter Season[edit]

Sport Divisions
Basketball Four divisions (I, II, III, IV)
Gymnastics One class
Ice Hockey Divisions I through III
Indoor Track Two divisions (I, II)
Skiing (Alpine and Nordic) Divisions I through IV
Spirit Girls: four classes (L, I, M, S); Coed: one class
Swimming and Diving One class
Wrestling Divisions I and II
Bowling Co-ed: one class

Spring Season[edit]

Sport Divisions
Baseball Four classes (L, I, M, S)
Lacrosse Divisions I through III
Softball Four classes (L, I, M, S)
Tennis Three classes (L, I, M/S)
Track and Field Three classes (L, I, M/S)

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