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The New York State Officials of Track, Field and Cross Country (NYSOTFCC) became an organization serving boys and girls athletes in 1990.  Prior to then there were separate girls and boys officiating organizations.  The NYSOTFCC is under contract to provide service to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), the largest of four high school athletic associations in NYS, comprised of over 1500-member junior high and high schools combined.  The other Associations are the public schools of NYC (PSAL), the state Catholic Association (CHSAA) and the state independent schools known as the AISAA; NYSOTFCC service to these three Associations is by request.  Services provided by the NYSOTFCC, and its local chapters including the Capital District Track Officials (CDTO), is for regular season and invitational meets and league, sectional and state championships in the sports of Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field.

The NYSPHSAA based in Latham, NY is the states principal organization for high school sports and is one of the state organizations that are members of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS).  It is the organization that determines e.g. that the javelin is not competed in New York State (NYS) and that watches will not be worn during competition in NYS.  It uses the rules developed by the NFHS and amends them to suit the needs of NYS.

The NFHS based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and fine arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and fine arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 18,500 high schools and 11 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; produces publications for high school coaches, officials and athletic directors; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, spirit coaches, speech and debate coaches and music adjudicators; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS Web site at www.nfhs.org.