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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
-- 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