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Central Board Votes to Adjust Start Date

               MONTGOMERY, AL – The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Central Board of Control approved Wednesday to move the start date for the 50%  Rule at its Spring Meeting Wednesday at the AHSAA Office.
             The 50% Rule currently goes into effect on the first day allowed for Fall Sports practice. The Central Board voted to change the date to the first Fall Sports contest date allowed (excluding football’s zero week). For the 2017-18 school year, that date will be Thursday, Aug. 24.
             “This change brings the 50% Rule more in line with the AHSAA Outside Participation Rule,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “It will provide the opportunity for student-athletes, especially in smaller towns, to participate in more recreation events during August.”
             The action was taken at the Spring Meeting of the Central Board of Control. The Legislative Council also met Wednesday. The 32-member council voted on 15 legislative proposals, but none received the required minimum two-thirds (22) votes to be ratified.
            Savarese also announced the 2016 Football Playoffs took in more than $2 million for the second year in a row and for just the third time in AHSAA history.
          “We also had great financial reports from the winter sports, and if we can have a strong finish with our spring championships, we hope we can reach our goal of distributing for the first time $2 million back to our member schools through revenue sharing this school year,” Savarese said. “Member schools have already received approximately $1.4 million in stipends from the football revenue for the 2016 season,” he said. The AHSAA has paid out approximately $10 million in revenue sharing to its member schools over the last seven years.
          The Central Board also elected current vice president John Hardin, principal at Hackleburg High School, as president for the 2017-18 school year and Keith Bender, Oneonta Schools, as the new vice president. Both will take office at the July meeting.  Spring Garden principal Mike Welsh has served as president the last two years.
 
               Other Central Board action included:    
                -- Approved the 2016 Football Playoff Audit, the 2017 Bowling, Wrestling, Indoor Track, Regional and State Basketball Financial Reports.
                -- Approved expenses for the AHSAA’s new Video Wall.
            -- Heard a report on the Medical Advisory Committee winter meeting and approved permitting the new 2017-18 required Concussion and Permission forms to be made available on-line May 22.
           -- Approved expenses for the National Federation Summer Meeting scheduled for June at Providence, Rhode Island.
                -- Approved the AHSAA 2017-18 Calendar of Events and Sports Calendar, the AHSAA 5-year Calendar, and dates for Central Board regular meetings for the 2017-18 school year.
           -- Heard a presentation by Baker High School concerning transfers enrolled in the AP Capstone Program and denied the request.
          -- Heard a report from AHSADCA Director Alvin Briggs concerning the Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week.





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