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Student Leadership Conference

     (*This event is currently postponed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pending the potential resumption of the current school year, we will reevaluate the status of this event.)

     The 2020 MPSSAA Student-Athlete Leadership Conference will take place on June 13th* beginning with onsite check-in at 8 AM at Howard HS in Howard County followed by the opening session at 8:45 AM.  Registration information will be sent out to member school Athletic Directors and posted in the menu on the left hand side of this page TBA*.  Registration is only to be done by member school Athletic Directors with their username and password.  Each school will be permitted up to three student delegates to be registered by their Athletic Director by the deadline TBA*.  If spaces are still available after that date, our office will communicate that to all Athletic Directors so that all available spaces are utilized.  Any questions about participating in the conference should come through the school Athletic Director and may be directed to the Student-Athlete Leadership Conference Chair, Michael Duffy at

Conference History:

     The MPSSAA has held an annual Student-Leadership Conference for the past ten years making 2020 its eleventh conference.  Past conferences have been held at:

2010: Oakland Mills HS
2011: New Town HS
2012: Reservoir HS
2013: Laurel HS
2014: North County HS
2015: North County HS
2016: Gaithersburg HS
2017-19: Howard HS
     The conference is held at the end of the school year in order to provide a positive kick-off to the upcoming fall interscholastic athletics sports season.  Annually nearly 140 schools participate with over 400 student-athletes in attendance.  The goals of the MPSSAA's student-athlete leadership initiative are to develop student leadership skills that enhance sportsmanship, promote teamwork, time management, perspective, inclusion, healthy lifestyles, and community service.  These positive values have been well-documented through research as benefits of participating in interscholastic athletics.  The structure of the conference provides student interaction through dynamic guest speakers and breakout sessions where students work with one another and share ideas.  Students will develop ideas to create solutions for enhancing sportsmanship, leadership, and community involvement that they can take back and implement in their own school setting.