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AHSAA Central Board Approves NFHS Sportsmanship Program for Member Schools

   MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved adjusting criteria that determine home sites in the final four rounds of the state football playoffs and a new sportsmanship program component for new student-athletes and coaches at Wednesday’s annual Winter Central Board meeting at the AHSAA Office.
    In addition, the board approved financial reports for all fall sports championship programs (volleyball, cross country, swimming) and the 2016 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game played at Cramton Bowl reviewed all proposals that were submitted by member schools in January.

     The top two seeds in each region are home teams in the first round of the AHSAA state football playoff brackets. The board approved a plan beginning in 2017 for the remaining rounds that will allow the higher seed to become the host if times traveled by each team are equal. If travel is not equal, the team that has traveled more times will be the home team. If times traveled and seeds are equal, the home team will be determined by placement on the bracket.
     Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the AHSAA will require all first-time student-athletes and first-time coaches to complete the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sportsmanship Program as an eligibility requirement. The NFHS sportsmanship component will replace the current STAR Sportsmanship program after this school year. The NFHS sportsmanship component can be found at www.NFHSlearn.com.
       The Central reviewed 16 legislative proposals that were submitted in January by member schools.  The AHSAA Legislative Council will vote on the proposals at April’s Legislative Council meeting. Schools are being surveyed this month for their input.

        In other Central Board action:
        -- Reviewed a football playoff comparison (for the first four rounds).
        -- Approved the Super 7 football championships audit.
        -- Approved expenses for the upcoming 2017 State Basketball Tournament.
        -- Approved expenses for the 2020 National Sports Officiating Summit to be held in Montgomery.
        -- Updated on the new mileage rate established by the state and the AHSAA Strategic Plan.
        -- Updated about Home School student participation in the AHSAA.
        -- Heard a report concerning the AHSAA investigative team.