North Carolina High School Athletic Association

Student-Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C)


The NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council was developed to serve as the voice for student-athletes participating in NCHSAA programs. They will discuss topics relevant to high school student-athletes and develop ways to maintain a positive athletic experience. Each council member must exemplify leadership and sportsmanship while carrying out the NCHSAA and the Student Services Division’s overall missions.

The NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council is comprised of 22 members who represent each NCHSAA region and more than 200,000 athletic participants. Selected SAAC members will come from a diverse pool of rising high school sophomores and juniors who meet the following minimum criteria.

  • Meet all eligibility standards as outlined in the NCHSAA Handbook
  • Possess leadership characteristics
  • Viewed as positive role models in their community and at their school
  • Capable of working with students from a variety of social groups
  • Exemplifies the tenets of Student Programs and Sportsmanship (Character, Integrity, Citizenship, and Respect)


  • Serve a two- or three-year term as a Sophomore, Junior, and Senior
  • Host the NCHSAA Student Leadership Conference
  • Attend all scheduled meetings, including the team building retreat that is held in the summer
  • Volunteer to work at one (1) NCHSAA State Championship Event
  • Present a SAAC Report at your respective Regional Meeting and the NCHSAA winter and spring Board of Directors’ Meeting
  • Complete at least one (1) group community service project
  • Coordinate and Host a student-athlete regional assembly
  • Participate in any Public Service Announcement projects
  • Host Speaking engagement at the coaching clinic

Please note that some SAAC responsibilities may change over a member’s term. The Council may be asked to participate in projects not listed above.

Nomination & Selection

To nominate a student-athlete for the NCHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council, please review the nomination packet and discuss it with your coaches, teachers, and counselors.

Efforts will be made to ensure that as many NCHSAA sports are represented as possible across the eight regions. Our office will accept Nomination Applications from January 1 through May 31 each year. Final selections will be made by Mid June (June 15). The selected members will be informed and sent information regarding SAAC responsibilities.