Thursday, November 14, 2019






AHSAA Recognizes 99 High Schools for Sportsmanship School Recognition for 2018-19

School Fines Down 4.1% from Previous Year

MONTGOMERY – A total of 99 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) member schools have been announced as AHSAA Sportsmanship Schools for the 2018-19 school year. The schools, recognized for being ejection free and receiving no more than one non-sportsmanship school fine for the just completed school year, will be honored at the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon during the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.
     The 12th annual luncheon will be held at noon on Friday, July 19, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.
   Among the schools to be recognized are Hubbertville High School and the Alabama School for the Blind, both which have been ejection and fine-free ten out of 12 years. Alabama School for Math and Science has reached that goal nine times, while four high schools, Alabama School for the Deaf, Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Calhoun High School and Colbert Heights High School have accomplished the feat eight times in that time span.
    Nine other schools being recognized this year have had seven years without an ejection: A.L. Johnson High School, Athens Bible High School, Hackleburg High School, Indian Springs High School, Keith High School, Lexington High School, Marion County High School, Mars Hill Bible High School and W.S. Neal High School.
     Thirteen high schools earned the Sportsmanship Banner for the sixth time in 2018-19, and thirteen other schools for the fifth time.  Overall, 376 of the AHSAA’s 416 high schools (90.4%) have combined to earn the Sportsmanship Award recognition 1,195 times since 2008.
    “We are extremely pleased to recognize 99 high schools for this noted accomplishment,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our total fines were down 4.1% in 2018-19 over the previous year, and we thank all our schools for their commitment to teaching good sportsmanship and upholding the regulations and by-laws created by our member schools.”
     The AHSAA also released its annual Ejection and School Fine report, reporting that 258 high schools had a total of 548 student-athlete and 70 coach ejections during the 2018-19 school year. Middle and junior high school programs only had 16 student ejections and four coach ejections – a grand total of 638 total ejections for the year. This number represents a 4.1% reduction in total ejections and school fines from 2017-18. More importantly, the student-athletes with ejections represent only 0.003% of the more than 156,000 student-athletes who participated in AHSAA sports events in 2018-19, and the 74 coaches with ejections are just 0.006% of the AHSAA’s more than 11,000 certified coaches.
     “We are also encouraged by the large percentage of student-athletes and coaches who are competing in our sports’ programs who never receive an ejection,” Savarese said. Our goal, however, is always for each school to be fine and ejection free. It is imperative that each of us, our schools, coaches and administrators continue to emphasize daily the importance of good sportsmanship to our students, parents and communities.”
       The list of Sportsmanship Schools for 2018-19 can be found on the website at the following link:


School Player & Coach Ejections

  • 99 high schools went through the entire 2018-19 school year without an ejection in any sport and had no more than one non-sportsmanship related fine.
  • 258 of the AHSAA’s 416 high schools were cited for a contest ejection by a coach or student-athlete in 2018-19. Of the 258 schools, 101 (30.1%) had just one ejection for the year and 17 of those schools had the lone ejection assessed to a coach.
  • 158 high schools had no ejection (40%) in any contest in any sport. Only 19 middle or junior high schools (5.7%) had an ejection in 2018-19.  The other 317 middle and junior high schools had no ejection (94.4%).
  • Football was the sport cited for the most ejections (299) by 144 schools. Of that total, 30 schools had just one ejection in any sport for the entire season. The 299 ejections also included seven by coaches and 292 by student-athletes. Middle and junior high football ejections totaled only 5 for the entire year.
  • With 32,366 student-athletes participating in high school football in the AHSAA in 2018-19, the 292 athlete ejections averaged out to 1 for every 110.8 players (0.902%). It also computes to an ejection in just 7.47% of all football regular season varsity and playoff contests.
  • Boys’ and girls’ basketball resulted in 105 total ejections. 84 were assessed to student-athletes and 21 to coaches. With more than 22,200 players on AHSAA high school boys’ and girls’ rosters in the 2018-19 season, that computes to only one ejection per every 1,009.4 student-athletes participating -- or just 0.378% of the participants. The contest rate was an ejection in only 1.031% percent of all contests.
  • Boys’ and girls’ soccer was next with 92 total ejections (5 to coaches), followed by baseball (85), softball (19), wrestling (14), cross country (2), outdoor track (1) and volleyball (1). No other sport reported an ejection. The overall ejection rate for all sports that have contest officials showed that only 1.28% of the more than 48,300 AHSAA contests had an ejection.  The AHSAA 2018-19 School Fines & Ejection Report can be found at the following link:

School Unsportsmanlike Incident Violations

  • 26 of the AHSAA’s 414 high schools (6.3%) were cited for unsportsmanlike incident violations (not ejections) which resulted in school fines with Class 6A having the most (10) and Class 5A next (7). Classes 1A and 2A had one each and Class 3A had two. No middle schools were cited. AHSAA member schools competed in approximately 48,300 sports events during 2018-19.
  • District 5 schools were fined for eight unsportsmanlike incidents while Districts 1 and 3 had 4 each. District 2 had just one.
  • Football was the sport cited for the most with 11 in more than 4,000 regular-season and playoff contests (0.0002%). Basketball was next with 5 in more the 10,000 contests (0.00005%). Soccer had 4, baseball had 2, cross country had 1 and 3 did not list a sport.



Failure to Attend Rules Clinic/ take Rules Test Online

  • 75 high schools were fined for 104 violations (0.009% of all coaches)) for failure to take a rules test. Head coaches at the highest level of each of a school’s sports offered are required to complete a rules test for that sport each year. Coaches had the opportunity to complete the rules test clinic style at the AHSAA Summer Conference Coaches’ School, or they could take the rules’ test online prior to the date of the sport’s first contest.
  • Classes 1A and 4A had the most fines for failing to take the rules test with 21 each; 6A had 17; 3A had 13; 5A had 12; 7A and 2A had 10 each.
  • The violations were spread pretty evenly over eight sports with softball (19) and basketball (17) leading. Track had 16 and soccer 15. Baseball had 12 and wrestling 10. Football had only 7 and volleyball had 8.
  • 80 middle schools had 114 fines collectively. District 5 schools had 33 fines and District 8 schools had 30. District 2 schools had only 2 fines.


School Audit Fines (clerical)

  • 75 high schools (19.8% of all high schools) were cited by the AHSAA School Audit Team with a total of 84 non-sportsmanship related clerical fines. Only two schools had more than one school audit fine.  District 5 had the most (25) and District 8 was next (16). District 6 had just 2 and District 4 had only 4. Each member school is audited each school year.
  • 80 fines were assessed to 55 middle or junior high schools with 29 assessed to District 5 schools (8.9% of total middle/JH schools. District 8 was next with 9. Districts 6 and 7 had one school audit fine each, and District 4 had just two.


AHSAA By-Law Violations

  • 82 high schools (18.0%) and 13 middle/junior high schools (3.9%) were cited by the AHSAA for violating an AHSAA By-Law with a total of 95 violations overall. Almost all of the by-law violations were all self-reported by the violating school.
  • Just nine high schools had more than one by-law violation for the year (2.1%) and only one school had more than two.  33 violations were cited for schools failing to complete championship play. This violation usually resulted in a team failing to field a team that had been declared to participate.
  • 8 fines resulted from violations of student eligibility rules and 6 each for violations of the Enrollment Rule, Failure to Complete a Contest Rule and the Outside Participation Rule. 5 Sunday Play violations and four Transfer Rule violations resulted in fines.
  • A total of 39 violations related to failure to report football scores in a timely manner. That represented just under one percent of the more than 4,000 football contests played in the 2018 football season.

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