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|Purpose||Athletic / Educational|
|374 public and private high schools|
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) is an organization that sponsors activities in thirty-three sports, comprising 374 public and private high schools in the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The MIAA is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which writes the rules for most U.S. high school sports and activities. The MIAA was founded in 1978, and was preceded by both the Massachusetts Secondary School Principals Association (MSSPA) (1942–1978) and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Council (MIAC) (1950–1978).
Notably, the MIAA does not use the NFHS ruleset for football, choosing instead to use NCAA college rules with minor modifications. It is the only state in which high school football is played in 11-minute quarters. The only other state association that plays high school football under NCAA rules, University Interscholastic League, uses the NFHS standard of 12-minute quarters.
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming & Diving
- Track & Cross Country
The leagues in the MIAA are separated into eight districts (lettered A–H).
- Cape Ann League (CAL)
- Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC)
- Dual County League (DCL)
- Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC)
- Northeastern Conference (NEC)
- Atlantic Coast League (ACL)
- Bay State Conference (BSC)
- Hockomock League
- Patriot League
- South Shore League (SSL)
- Tri-Valley League
- Big Three Conference
- Cape and Islands League
- Eastern Athletic Conference
- Mayflower Athletic Conference
- Old Colony League
- South Coast Conference
- Central Massachusetts Conference
- Colonial Athletic Conference
- Dual Valley Conference
- Inter High
- Midland Wachusett League
- South Worcester County League
- Worcester County Athletic Conference
- Berkshire County
The MIAA Football State Champions are listed below.
- "Home - MIAA Home Page". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "About MIAA" (PDF). MIAA. pp. 1, 21. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
The MIAA is self-regulating with the 374 member schools providing individual leaders to serve within the 35 MIAA governance units.
- "Football". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "UIL Exceptions to NCAA Football Rules (2014-2015 School Year)" (PDF). University Interscholastic League. p. 5. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
The total playing time in UIL Varsity games shall be 48 minutes, divided into four periods of 12 minutes each, with one-minute intermissions between the first and second periods (first half) and between the third and fourth periods (second half) (Exception: In games below the varsity level, periods may be shortened by mutual consent of the competing schools).
- "MIAA considers adding rugby to its purview", Boston Globe, Bob Holmes, April 30, 2015.
- "Tuesday’s school roundup: MIAA votes to add rugby for 2016-17", Boston Globe, Eric Russo, May 6, 2015.
- "MIAA League Directory" (PDF). MIAA. pp. 1–15. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "Football Fall 2014 Information". MIAA. Retrieved 11 January 2015.