The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association believes that participation in sport plays an integral role in the total education of the student. The Association encourages the high school student to participate in activities that will assist in the realization of physical, social, and emotional values.
To promote the benefits of participation in high school sport by providing athletic and educational opportunities.
Recognizing the need for a co-operative agency to plan, supervise and administer the inter-school activities of the province, MHSAA expresses a commitment to the True Sport Principles to ensure a safe, inclusive, welcoming and positive environment for athletes, supported by coaches, administration, parents, and officials. MHSAA believes that adhering to these field of play principles will encourage an optimal sport environment for all participants. Furthermore, MHSAA will benefit from aligning with partners who also believe in promoting these principles.
True Sport Principles are as follows:
- Go for It – Rise to the challenge – always strive for excellence. Discover how good you can be.
- Play Fair – Play honestly – obey both the letter and spirit of the rules. Winning is only meaningful when competition is fair.
- Respect Others – Show respect for everyone involved in creating your sporting experience, both on and off the field. Win with dignity and lose with grace.
- Keep it Fun – Find the joy of sport. Keep a positive attitude both on and off the field.
- Stay Healthy – Place physical and mental health above all other considerations – avoid unsafe activities. Respect your body and keep in shape.
- Include Everyone – Share sport with others. Ensure everyone has a place to play.
- Give Back – Find ways to show your appreciation for the community that supports your sport and helps make it possible.
The aims and objectives of the association shall be in harmony with the goals of education as set forth by Manitoba Education. Participation in the activities of the association should be encouraged, as they are an integral part of the total education process. All students enrolled in member schools, should have the opportunity to realize the physical, social, and emotional values that can be derived from inter school competition.
- To encourage participation in high school sport.
- To teach educational values to high school student athletes.
- To promote the value of high school sport in Manitoba.
- To encourage and promote volunteer involvement in high school sport.
- To seek corporate and community partnerships for the Association.
The Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association was founded on April 24, 1962 as a result of a government commissioned study of "physical education and recreation in Manitoba".
One of the recommendations from the commission, headed by the late Dr. Frank Kennedy was the "definite need for a secondary school athletic association to define policy, standards and participation regulations for all parts of the province and membership should include teachers, principals and inspectors".
After the commissions recommendation, a group of sincere, dedicated individuals worked very hard to set up an organization which would respond, at that time, to the needs of the schools, their athletes and teams in high school sport. Resources were very limited, but the resolve and spirit of those committed people were of a very high degree. Thus, the Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association was born.
Today, we see the MHSAA as a positive influence on the lives of young people and a strong voice in speaking out about the role that high school athletics plays in the total education process.
The MHSAA's primary function is to assist in running fair and equitable sporting events for high schools in Manitoba. High school sports is seen as the "other half of education" which very much provides young athletes with positive experiences that will better prepare them for future endeavours in society.
The story of the MHSAA is one of steady growth in organization, numbers, and the promotion of the value of sports in Manitoba schools. With 192 member schools and approximately 37,000 athletes participating in high schools, the association operates a total of 50 various championships.
- To encourage participation of students in senior high school activities through inter school and provincial programs.
- To consider the welfare of the participants as the primary criteria upon which all policies of the association are based.
- To plan, supervise, and administer the interzone and provincial activities of the members of the association.
- To maintain a high level of sportsmanship respect and integrity in all activities.
- To provide an outlet for the skills learned and the appreciation developed through competition.
- To sponsor activities which promote the objectives of senior high school education.
- To publish material which will be of benefit to member schools. Publications could include technical and promotional articles as well as material directed to students.
- To develop and maintain a website to promote high school athletics.