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Central Board Approves 2 Items Concerning Contest Officials

     MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control unanimously approved two items affecting contest officials at its quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Wednesday.
      A proposal that would allow host schools to provide chain crews with the chain crew chief being assigned by the AHSAA for the first round of the AHSAA state football playoffs was approved beginning this year.  The chain crew chief will also serve as observer and alternate official.  Mark Jones, AHSAA Director of Officials, made the recommendation as a cost-saving move for member schools and to address a shortage of available officials for the first round. In all other rounds of the football playoffs, the chain crew will be assigned by the AHSAA. 
    The plan will be evaluated after the 2016 playoff season.
     The second recommendation the Board approved allows contest officials who are not officiating an event an opportunity to be admitted free of charge to any playoff contest in the sport they are officiating by presenting their officials’ card.  Previously, officials not working a game were charged admission to playoff events.
     AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese also announced during the meeting that Wanda Gilliland, senior member of the AHSAA executive staff, plans to retire June 1, 2017, after 20 years of service.
     “We will be forever grateful for her service to this organization,” said Savarese. The Central Board gave her a standing ovation.
     “I have had two jobs I love,” said Gilliland, who coached and taught for 16 years at Hamilton High School before joining the AHSAA in 1996. “I have also had two families that I love. The AHSAA has been my second family.”
    The board heard presentations from the Nurse Practitioners Alliance of Alabama and from Dr. James Robinson, co-chairman of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee, concerning the AHSAA’s longstanding policy requiring medical doctors’ signatures on pre-participation physicals. The Board took no action at this time, electing to have the AHSAA Medical Advisory Board and Legislative Council review the policy.
    The board also heard updates concerning the Classification Task Force and the AHSAA Investigators’ data being collected through visits with member schools. 
    In other Central Board action:
    -- Heard a presentation from David Knight of Knight-Eady concerning the upcoming Super 7 Football Championships and approved the 2016 Super 7 budget.
   -- Approved expenses for the Strategic Planning Committee (2017-2021)
   -- Approved the 2016 Summer Conference Profit-Loss Statement.
   -- Approved assessing penalties for schools violating Coaches’ Card policy.
   -- Approved changing the AHSAA office hours to 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 1.





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