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AHSAA Central Board Approves Boys’ & Girls’ Summer Basketball Showcases

   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved two Summer Basketball Showcases, one for boys and one for girls, to be held on June 22, 2019, and also approved the financial reports for all fall sports except football at Tuesday’s annual Winter Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
   The Central Board moved its winter meeting, originally scheduled for January 30, was moved to Tuesday due to scheduling conflicts.
   The Central Board approved reports for state and regional/sectional volleyball, cheer, cross country and swimming playoffs and also approved the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game financial report as well.
       The Summer Showcase for boys will be held at Hoover High School and the Showcase for girls will be held at Spain Park High School.
       “We are always excited to provide opportunities for our student-athletes to showcase their talents,” said Steve Savarese, AHSAA Executive Director. 
         AHSADCA Director Jamie Lee agreed. Lee said he is excited about the partnership the Summer Showcase will provide for high school coaches in Alabama.
       “The showcase is a result of a combined effort of the NCAA, NFHS and member state high school associations,” Lee said. “Due to the new NCAA (basketball) recruiting changes, the AHSAA will do our part to provide a quality event for the high school players in our state.
       “Last November, a group of coaches from around the state met at the AHSAA office to discuss the new rules and what we could do to take advantage of the new changes.  In that meeting, it was decided we would host a showcase for the top 100 players in our state.  The one-day event will be open to college coaches, at all levels.”
       In order to hold one of those events, they must be hosted by state athletic associations, or state basketball coaches’ associations, and must be sanctioned through the NFHS.  No third parties may be involved. Only certified AHSAA high school coaches can work the Summer Showcase event, and only student-athletes from Alabama may participate in the event.
        The Central Board reviewed legislative proposals that were submitted in January by member schools prior to the board meeting.  The AHSAA Legislative Council will vote on the proposals at April’s Legislative Council meeting. Schools are being surveyed this month for their input.
       In other Central Board action:

·              Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).

·              Approved expenses for the State Basketball Tournament

·              Approved increasing Coaches Championship Banquet tickets from $35 to $40.

·              Heard an NFHS E-Sports Update.

·              Was updated about Content Management software

·              Heard a report from AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones concerning an    NFHS survey comparing Contest Officials’ compensation.

·              Heard a report from Daniel Smith and Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2019 State Basketball Tournament.

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