In 2012, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) established the DC State Athletic Association (DCSAA), an association of District of Columbia public schools, public charter schools, and independent schools (private and parochial schools). DCSAA participants share knowledge and best practices to enhance student-athlete achievement through athletic programming and to provide life quality learning experiences. DCSAA participants also adhere to a set of uniform standards and rules to ensure student-athletes have opportunities for state-level competition. The Statewide Athletic Director oversees the affairs of the DCSAA as its Executive Director.
DCSAA awards DC State Championship titles in boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ football in Division I and II, beginning in fall 2012. Commissioned by Mayor Gray and operated under the OSSE Statewide Athletics Office, DCSAA regulations provide unified rules and oversight to member schools regarding student-athlete eligibility. DCSAA governance is provided by an appointed Advisory Board of Interscholastic Athletics as well as a separate, independent DCSAA Appeals Board.