The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board has approved a plan to incorporate and calculate scoring for adaptive and wheelchair student-athletes participating in the AHSAA outdoor track & field championships, effective this spring. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Montgomery.
The Board approved extending the existing state cross country championship contract at Moulton’s Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum for three more years through the 2017 season and the record-setting 2014 region and state volleyball financial reports.
AHSAA, in conjunction with the Lakeshore Foundation, is devising a plan to count the points scored in adaptive or wheelchair track events with the scoring of the school they represent. In past years, a separate championship was awarded to schools with students in the wheelchair division.
“We think this plan will generate increased participation by adaptive and wheelchair students,” Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “It will be a way to provide a more memorable experience for all our students.”
Savarese said the 2014 volleyball championships at the CrossPlex and at the regional sites set attendance records. “I think the new seven-classification system provided opportunities for some new schools to make the tournament. The excitement generated by the teams and fans created a wonderful state-championship atmosphere.”
The AHSAA cross country committee recommended unanimously to extend the state cross country event contract.
Additionally, the Central Board approved two-year term limits for sports committee members.
In other Central Board action:
– Heard an update on the newly formed AHSAA Student Leadership Conference and approved conference expenses.
– After hearing an appeal from Murphy High School and Yanna Curran, the state’s Refugee Coordinator, the Central Board voted to uphold the original eligibility ruling by the executive director involving a Murphy High School student.
– Approved alignment adjustments predicated by the closing of Sunshine and Akron high schools by the Hale County Schools System at the end of the 2014-15 school year.
– Approved the financial reports for the fall championships in volleyball, cross country and swimming.
– Approved the Super 7 football championships audit.
– Approved the 2014 Alabama-Mississippi football all-star game financial report and also approved changing the all-star game’s coaching limits from two appearances to three and from one head-coaching opportunity to two.
– Approved expenses for the 2015 State Basketball Tournament.
– Approved additions to the AHSAA Consent and Release Form that must be signed by all student-athletes and their parents each school year.