Sunday, January 26, 2020






Central Board Approves Counting Enrollment Numbers Grades 9 thru 11 for Classification

Action Taken at Fall Board Meeting Thursday

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current method of using average daily membership (ADM) numbers for grades 10, 11 and 12 to using grades 9, 10 and 11 to determine classification of its member schools. The change begins immediately and will be used for the classification period for 2020-21 and 2021-22.
    The average daily membership is counted by each member school using the first 20 school days after Labor Day.
     The action was taken at the Central Board of Control quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Thursday, October 17.
    “This should give us a more accurate accounting of the number of students who could become eligible to participate in the AHSAA championship program for the next classification period,” said Alvin Briggs, Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA, who works closely with classification.
       Executive Director Steve Savarese praised the Central Board’s decision, thanked the Alabama State Department of Education, Mr. Briggs and Assistant Director Jamie Lee for their study and research.
      “When the AHSAA began classifying member schools in multiple classes years ago, most ninth-grade students were attending junior highs. We now have just four junior high schools in the AHSAA and those schools only feed one school,” he said. “We also found several schools have students who are being counted in the senior class numbers that no longer have eligibility to participate in the AHSAA. However, every ninth grader has a chance to become eligible to participate over the two-year classification period.”
      The Central Board, in a continuing effort to help the member schools financially, approved the removal of the 5% basketball tournament sanction fee assessed to member schools hosting regular-season tournaments and approved a plan to reduce the cost of contest officials during the playoffs for all sports.
    AHSAA Chief Financial Officer Randal Beesley also informed the Central Board during his finance report that the Revenue Share payment to member schools for the 2018-19 school year totaling $2 million was mailed earlier this month. The Revenue Share program has now paid out $15.4 million to member schools since its inception in 2010.
    The Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering, public school in Huntsville, was approved for associate membership by the Central Board.
In other board action Wednesday:

  • Approved a rotation of Central Board/Legislative Council Bi-District members to coincide with District Board rotation.
  • Heard a presentation from Michael McGreevey of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming 2019 Super 7 State Football Championships to be held at Auburn University’s Jordan-Hare Stadium and approved the Super 7 projected expenses.
  • Approved the budget for the upcoming 33rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game, which will be played at Hattiesburg, MS on December 14.
  • Heard an update concerning the Section III meeting to be hosted by the AHSAA in 2022.
  • Tabled a vote on the baseball playoff rotation for the 2016-17 school year until after the new classification has been determined.
  • Discussed baseball playoff rotation/travel options.
  • Heard a report from Kim Vickers, Director of Publications, concerning future printing contract options and cost savings and discussed eBook pricing.
  • Received an update from members of the Transfer Committee.
  • Heard a report from the Classification Committee concerning sports that have three or less divisions.

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