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Winter 2018 State Tournaments
D1 Dual Team Wrestling Champions: Caesar Rodney (30-29)
D2 Dual Team Wrestling Champions: Milford (38-29)
Girls' Indoor Track State Champions: Padua Academy
Boys' Indoor Track State Champions: Salesianum
2018 Spring Rules Clinics
Monday, February 5: Baseball and Boys Lacrosse
Monday, February 12: Softball and Girls Lacrosse
Thursday, February 15: Track and Girls' Soccer
The above clinics are at Dover HS. Registration begins at 6:30 PM; clinic begins at 7:00 PM. Please use the gym entrance (rear entrance).
Saturday, February 10: Tennis at Dupont Indoor Tennis Building 8:30 AM to 11 AM; please wear tennis shoes
Ticketing and Streaming
Tickets to championship games can be purchased online at www.statechamps.com/DIAA.
Watch DIAA tournament events live on the NFHS Network.
Purpose of DIAA
Purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA)
The purpose of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association is to
Contact InformationThomas Neubauer, Executive DirectorPhone: (302) 857-3365 Fax: (302) 739-1769
- preserve and promote the educational significance of interscholastic athletics;
- ensure that interscholastic sports remain compatible with the educational mission of the member schools;
- provide for fair competition between member schools;
- promote sportsmanship and ethical behavior;
- establish and enforce standards of conduct for athletes, coaches, administrators, officials and spectators;
- protect the physical well-being of athletes;
- and promote healthy adolescent lifestyles.
BECOME AN OFFICIAL – STAY CONNECTED TO HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Thomas E. Neubauer, CMAA, Executive Director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.
These individuals are so important that, in fact, there would be no organized competitive sports at the high school level without the men and women who officiate these contests every day across the country. Subtract the dedicated men and women who officiate high school sports and competitive sports would no longer be organized; they would be chaotic.
In some areas, high school officials are retiring faster than new licenses are being issued. And junior varsity, freshmen and middle school games are being postponed – or even cancelled – because there are not enough men and women to officiate them.
Anyone looking for a unique way to contribute to the local community should consider becoming a licensed high school official. For individuals who played sports in high school, officiating is a great way to stay close to the sport after their playing days have ended. Officiating helps people stay in shape, expands their social and professional network and offers part-time work that is flexible, yet pays. In fact, officiating is a form of community service, but with compensation.
Another benefit of officiating is that individuals become role models so that teenagers in the community can learn the life lessons that high school sports teach. Students learn to respect their opponents and the rules of the game and the importance of practicing good sportsmanship thanks, in part, to those men and women who officiate. And the objectivity and integrity that high school officials display is an example that every young person needs to observe firsthand. In short, communities around the country will be stronger because of the life lessons that high school officials help teach the next generation.
Officiating is a great way to stay connected to sports and to give back to the local high school and community. We need dedicated men and women to become involved so that high school sports can continue to prosper for years to come.
Individuals interested in learning more about becoming a high school official, and even begin the application process, can do so at www.HighSchoolOfficials.com.
High School Activities Bring Communities Together
By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Thomas E. Neubauer, Executive Director of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association.
Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike.
Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high school athletes not only have higher grade point averages and fewer school absences than non-athletes, they also develop the kind of work habits and self-discipline skills that help them become more responsible and productive community members.
Attending high school sporting events teaches important life lessons, too.
Among them, it teaches that we can live in different communities, come from different backgrounds, faiths and cultures, cheer for different teams, and still have a common bond.
That’s why attending the activities hosted by your high school this fall is so important. It’s not only an opportunity to cheer for your hometown team, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our commonality. And that’s something our country needs right now.
The bond we share is mutually supporting the teenagers in our respective communities. We applaud their persistence, tenacity, preparation and hard work, regardless of the color of the uniform they wear. We acknowledge that education-based, high school sports are enhancing their lives, and ours, in ways that few other activities could. And we agree that, regardless of what side of the field we sit on, attending a high school sporting event is an uplifting, enriching, family-friendly experience for all of us.
Many of the high schools in our state lie at the heart of the communities they serve. They not only are educating our next generation of leaders, they also are a place where we congregate, where people from every corner of town and all walks of life come together as one. And at no time is this unity more evident than during a high school athletic event.
This is the beginning of a new school year. Opportunities abound in the classroom and outside it. Let’s make the most of them by attending as many athletic events at the high school in our community as possible.
Turn on the lights, and let the games begin!