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ASAA Partners with New Balance for Boys & Girls Tennis
The Alaska School Activities Association is pleased to announce a new three-year partnership with New Balance. The Boston-based shoe and apparel manufacturer will serve as an official partner of the NHIAA Boys & Girls Tennis Championships.

A major goal of the ASAA is to seek out partner organizations that share our strong sense of educational-based athletics; New Balance is an organization that places a strong emphasis on athletics as a core aspect of well-rounded secondary education. In addition to partnering with the ASAA, New Balance has also partnered with 19 other state associations’ tennis championships. Their presence at the ASAA tennis championship will include various forms of branding and on-site activation.

Additionally, in the summer of 2014, New Balance and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) will host the premiere New Balance High School Tennis Championship July 21 – 25 at Harvard University in Boston, MA. This event will celebrate high school tennis players while providing them with the opportunity to compete with other student athletes from across the country. Your players may qualify for this inaugural event; go to www.newbalance.com/NBTennisChampionship for more information.

Over the next few years, New Balance plans to create additional opportunities for high school tennis players of all abilities, as well as expand into tennis team sales that will benefit programs across the country. Please join us in welcoming New Balance to the court.

2014 4A Boys and Girls WPI Standings – Dec./Jan. Games Only
The official first draft of the 2014 4A Boys and Girls WPI Standings is now released. This release of the WPI includes all the games from December and January. Please be sure to review your teams information for missing games – 2014 4A Boys and Girls WPI Standings

2014 ASAA Drama, Debate, Forensics Results
2014 ASAA DDF Results

ASAA365 Coaches and Athletic Directors Training Video
In an effort to help coaches and athletic directors edit and manage their team pages, an ASAA365 webinar training session has been recorded and is now available for those who couldn’t make the training. This video will instruct you on how to add/edit games, rosters, stats, and show some of the great features and options available with ASAA365. View the Video.

IN MEMORY
Homer Coach – Steve Wolfe
Long time Homer resident and coach Steve Wolfe pasted away. He was instrumental in establishing wrestling in Alaska. For more details on Steve and his contribution here is a link to a great article: Steve Wolfe Article

Homer Coach – Frank Libal
Long time Homer resident and coach Frank Libal passed away. Frank was a science teacher and basketball coach in Homer until 1991. Frank Libal Obituary

ASAA EXPANDS WEB STREAMING OF STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
“It has been ASAA’s long‐time goal to expand media coverage of State Championship events. Beginning in February 2014, this historic agreement with the NFHS Network will bring State Championships into many homes throughout Alaska,” said Gary Matthews, Executive Director. Read the press release for more information

ASAA/FIRST NATIONAL BANK ALASKA 2013 ALL-STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The West High News Team covered the 2013 All-State Music Festival. Watch the video reports and interviews.

WILLIAM “BILLY” STRICKLAND NAMED ASAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Billy StricklandWilliam “Billy” Strickland, who has served as the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) Board of Directors President for the past three years, has been chosen by the ASAA Board of Directors as the organization’s next executive director. Strickland was selected by the Board of Directors to succeed Gary Matthews, who will be retiring on July 3, 2014 after serving as ASAA executive director for the past 21 years. Read More

CARLSON AND RANNEY TO PERFORM AT CARNEGIE HALL
Only 3,000 are invited to audition. Only 300 make the final cut. This year, two are from Cordova. Read More

TEAM ALASKA
ASAA is pleased to support TEAM ALASKA and the teams that will be competing in the Arctic Winter Games. Read More

THANK YOU FIRST NATIONAL BANK ALASKA EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS
The ASAA staff and the First National Bowl Steering committee would like to thank the many First National Bank Alaska employees and volunteers who helped at the gates during the semi and championship football games of the 2013 First National Bowl. First National Bank Alaska has continued to be the Title sponsor of ASAA Championship events for over 21 years; we appreciate their support to provide memorable state championship events for Alaska’s future— our high school students.

3A&4A VOLLEYBALL VIDEOS
Watch videos of the 3A & 4A Volleyball State Championship Final Matches.
Watch the Video Recording of the 3A Final Championship Match
Watch the Video Recording of the 4A Final Championship Match

WORKSHOP VIDEOS
The ASAA Workshop videos are online. Visit our Workshop page to view instructional videos about the ASAA Constitution, Bylaws, Policies, ASAA Structure, Communications, Website Navigation, Coaches Education & Reporting, Student Eligibility and more.

4A WRESTLING START DATE
The 4A Wrestling season start date has been moved to Oct. 30. The ASAA Board of Directors approved this season change during the fall meeting. The main reason is so there is more crossover with the 123A wrestling season.

2013-14 Media Credential Applications Now Available
Media policies and procedures, credential and broadcast applications, and rights fee schedule are now updated. Media Information

NEW ASAA BOARD MEMBERS
ASAA would like to welcome two new board members, Dr. Lance Bowie, Superintendent of the Yukon Flats School District representing the Alaska Association of School Administrators (AASA) and Dan Gallego, Principal at Bartlett High School representing Region 4. ASAA would like to thank our outgoing board members Gary Baldwin and Mike Graham for their years of service to ASAA and the students of Alaska.

SPONSOR NEWS
See how the Ford Motor Company and Your Local Ford Store are teaming together to Fight Child Hunger right here in our community.
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2013-14 ASAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
The 2013-14 ASAA Calendar of Events is available in the calendar section of the website – 2013-14 ASAA Calendar of Events

2013-14 ASAA HANDBOOK
The complete 2013-14 ASAA Handbook is now available for download. In the next couple weeks the handbook will be broken down into smaller sections for convenience. The handbook is located in the Handbook section of the website – 2013-14 ASAA Handbook

CLASS OF 2013 ALASKA HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF FAME
The Alaska School Activities Association announces the Class of 2013 Alaska High School Hall of Fame. Eight individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony on August 4, 2013, at 5:00 PM, in the Redington Ballroom at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in Anchorage. The public is invited to attend this ceremony.
2013 Alaska High School Hall of Fame Press Release

ASAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION
Alaska School Activities Association Executive Director, Gary Matthews, submitted his letter of resignation to the ASAA Board of Directors, effective July 2, 2014, during the Spring meeting held in Cordova, Alaska on April 23. Matthews will complete a 48 year career in education and 21 years of service to ASAA. Read press release.