AHSAA Contest-Ending Procedures
Championship Play Interruption Policy
This policy, adopted by the AHSAA Central Board of Control, will be followed when championship play is interrupted or threatened by public health/safety concerns, acts of God or other uncontrollable and unforeseen circumstances. Necessary decisions concerning any circumstances that are not covered by this policy will be left to the discretion of the AHSAA administrative staff and the Central Board of Control. The AHSAA Office must be notified of any changes to contests.
This policy shall be observed for all AHSAA-sponsored championship playoff events.
1. In the event of school closings within two calendar days of scheduled playoff contests, the AHSAA administrative staff, in collaboration with the Central Board and playoff event personnel, will attempt to delay or reschedule the playoff contests without adversely affecting the next round of the playoff schedule. Any part of a revised schedule may need modification.
NOTE: For purposes of this policy, “closure,” “closed” or “school closing” shall mean that the local authorities of the interruption cause or Board of Education/Governing Board has cancelled all high school classes and school-sponsored extracurricular activities for a minimum of one calendar day due to a specific concern.
2. Two-team contests: Postponed contests must be re-scheduled on the next day unless the next round of the playoff is adversely affected. The failure of a team to participate would result in a forfeit.
3. Multi-team events: If a revised schedule adversely affects the next round, the event may be played according to the original schedule. The failure of a team or individuals to participate would result in a forfeit.
4. In the event that schools remain open, participants and teams shall be expected to play the contests on the scheduled dates.
5. Information on any changes regarding AHSAA playoff scheduling will be posted on the home page of the AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com).
Suspension of Play Policy
- The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) recognizes that inclement weather may occasionally impact athletic contests during its Championship Programs. The AHSAA also recognizes the importance of protecting the health and safety of its student-athletes, coaches, fans, officials, and umpires.
- Henceforth, no athletic contest during AHSAA championship play shall begin a new increment of play (period, inning, set, etc.) after 12 a.m. (midnight). Additionally, no increment of play that begins prior to midnight, may continue past 12.30 a.m. The resumption of play the next morning, if necessary, may not commence prior to 7 a.m.
The AHSAA expects all contests to be completed according to the rules and regulations of the AHSAA and the NFHS. If a situation occurs during a contest that causes the contest to be stopped while the situation is addressed, then the contest is expected to be completed as soon as the situation is resolved.
If a situation occurs that temporarily stops or delays a contest, please follow the procedures listed below:
1. Delay the contest until the home game administration resolves the incident, and then continue the contest until completed by NFHS rules and regulations.
2. If the contest cannot be resumed to completion according to NFHS rules and regulations due to a situation beyond the control of the home game administration on the same day, then reschedule and complete the contest on the next available date according to NFHS rules and regulations.
3. Develop criteria for suspension and resumption of play:
a. When thunder is heard within 30 seconds of a visible lightning strike, or a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt is seen, the thunderstorm is close enough to strike your location with lightning. Suspend play for thirty minutes and take shelter immediately.
b. Thirty-minute rule. Once play has been suspended, wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder is heard or flash is witnessed prior to resuming play.
c. Any subsequent thunder or lightning after the beginning of the 30-minute count will reset the clock and another 30-minute count should begin.
PROCEDURES BY SPORT:
Rule 1, Section 1, Article 7 – The game officials shall assume authority for the contest, including penalizing unsportsmanlike acts, 30 minutes prior to the scheduled game time.
Rule 1, Section 1, Article 10 – The Referee’s decision to forfeit a contest is final.
Rule 3, Section 1, Article 3 – A period or periods may be shortened in any emergency by agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee. By mutual agreement of opposing coaches and the referee, any remaining period may be shortened at anytime or the game terminated.
Rule 3, Section 1, Article 4 – Games interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authority shall be continued from the point of interruption unless teams agree to terminate the game with the existing score.
Rule 3, Section 1, Article 5 – When weather conditions are construed to be hazardous to life or limb of the participants, the crew of officials is authorized to delay or suspend the game. (The NFHS Lightning Policy Shall Be Followed, see #3 above.)
For 7th grade contests only, a running clock may be used in different combinations of periods and time. A maximum of 4 periods and a maximum of 32 minutes may be played. Also, modifications of kicking rules, including kickoffs, free kicks and scrimmage kicks during a 7th grade contest are permissible upon mutual agreement of the opposing coaches. This mutual agreement of opposing coaches pertaining to these modifications shall be done prior to the start of the contest.
Kicking or timing rules cannot be modified in any contest involving 8th through 12th grade students.
Rule 1, Section 7 Articles 1 – If a match is suspended due to power failure, host management failing to resolve a situation of an unruly spectator(s) in a reasonable amount of time, or other unforeseen circumstances, the match shall be resumed from the point of suspension. The score and lineup shall be the same when it is resumed as they were at the moment of suspension.
Rule 1, Section 7 Articles 2 - A match shall be declared a forfeit when a team refuses to play when directed to do so by the first referee or a coach is removed from the premises for unsporting conduct and no authorized faculty representative is present to assume responsibility for the team.
A 10-r run rule will be used for all regular season and state playoff games. A game may end any time after 4 ½ or 5 innings when a team is 10 or more runs behind and has completed its turn at bat.
A game halted for any reason, where a winner cannot be determined, or any game halted anytime due to mechanical failure (i.e. Artificial Lights, Water Systems, Etc, Etc, Etc) will be treated as a suspended game. If the game is to be completed, it will be continued from the point of suspension with the lineup and batting order of each team the same as the lineup and batting order at the moment of suspension, subject to the rules of the game.
If a game is halted when the umpire considers the weather or ground condition unfit for play, the umpire shall resume play as soon as possible. If play cannot be resumed, within 30 minutes, the umpire may declare the game ended or suspended according to the rules.
Rule 4, Section 2, Article 1 – A regulation interscholastic game consists of seven innings (turns at bat) unless extra inning(s) are necessary because of a tie score, or unless shortened because the home team needs none of its half of the seventh or only a fraction of it (Art 2); or because of weather, or darkness (Art 3). A forfeited game is regulation, regardless of innings played. (4-4-2).
Rule 4, Section 2, Article 2 – The game ends when the team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the seventh inning, or any inning thereafter if extra innings are necessary. If the home team scores a go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, or in any extra inning, the game is terminated at that point.
Any game that is tied at the end of four and one half or at least five full innings when the game is called is considered a suspended game and must be completed at a later time unless it is a non-area game that has no bearing on playoff standings. If it is not completed, batting and fielding records are counted, but the game is not counted in computing percentages of games won and lost.
Rule 4, Section 2, Article 3 – If weather or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire, it is a regulation game:
a. If five full innings have been played, or if the home team has scored an equal or greater number of runs in four or four and a fraction terms at bat the visiting team has scored at five turns at bat; or
b. If play has gone beyond five full innings. If the game is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat, the score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning; except that if the home team in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run(s) which equals or exceeds the opponent’s score, the final score shall be as recorded when the game is called.
Rule 4, Section 2, Article 4 – By mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the umpire in chief, any remaining play may be shortened or the game terminated.
Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3 - Whenever a game is interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authorities, it shall be continued from the point of interruption unless the teams agree to terminate the game with the existing score, or there are conference, league or state association rules to cover the situation.
Rule 5, Section 5, Article 3 – A quarter(s) may be shortened in an emergency or at any time by mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and the referee. Playing time and number of quarters for non-varsity games may be reduced by mutual agreement of opposing coaches.
Rule 5, Section 5, Article 3, Note – A state association by adoption may institute a running clock when a specified point differential is reached at a specified time in the game. By AHSAA Adoption: During regular season games only, at all levels of competition, a running clock will be used when a team has a 30-point advantage in the fourth quarter. The running clock remains in effect for the remainder of the contest.
Rule 7, Section 1, Article 2 - Periods may be shortened by state high school association adoption, or if mutually agreed upon or in any emergency, by agreement of coaches or ordered by the head referee, provided it is determined to shorten the periods before the game or before the second half begins and all remaining periods are the same length.
Rule 7, Section 1, Article 3 – In the event a game must be suspended because of conditions which make it impossible to continue play, the head referee shall declare it an official game if one complete half or more of the game has been played. If less than one-half of the game of the game has been played, the game may be rescheduled from the start, or restarted from the suspension of play according to state association adoption.
Rule 7, Section 1, Article 5 – By state association adoption, a goal differential may be established whereby at the end of the first half if one team has gained the established goal differential or if it secures such differential during the second half, the game shall be ended.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 1 – A game ends when the team behind in score has completed its turn at bat in the seventh inning or in any extra inning. If the home team scores a go ahead run in the bottom of the seventh or in any extra inning, the game is terminated at that point.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 2 – If a game ends because of weather conditions, or darkness interferes with play so that the game is called (ended) by the umpire, it is a regulation game provided:
a. Five full innings have been played or if the home team has scored an equal or greater number of runs in four or four and a fraction turns at bat than the visiting team has scored in five turns.
b. Play has gone beyond five full innings and is called when the teams have not had an equal number of completed turns at bat. The score shall be the same as it was at the end of the last completed inning unless the home team in its half of the incomplete inning, scores a run (or runs) which equals or exceeds the opponents score, in which case, the final score shall be as recorded when the game is called.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 3 – A state association may adopt game ending procedures that determine how games are ended, including suspended games. However, if a state association does not have established game ending procedures, by mutual agreement of opposing coaches and the plate umpire, any remaining play may be shortened at anytime or the game terminated.
Note: If a state association has adopted game ending procedures, only those game ending procedures may be used should the opposing coaches wish to terminate a game.
Note: By state association adoption, the number of innings for one or both games in a doubleheader may be scheduled for five innings. Current state association game ending procedures still apply.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 4 – If a game is called before completion of the number of innings and conditions as specified in 4-2-2, the umpire shall declare the contest (no game) unless play is terminated by 4-2-3.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 5 – If a regulation called game has a tie score when ended as in 4-2-2, it is a tie game unless the state association has nay prescribed game ending procedures. Batting and fielding records are counted, but the game is not counted in computing percentages of games won and lost.
Rule 4, Section 2 Article 6 – By state association adoption, a tie breaker procedure may be instituted at a point in the game specified by the state association.
All individual matches completed prior to the point of interruption in a terminated contest, shall be included in the seeding process for the section tournament. An individual match which is interrupted (in a terminated contest) and cannot be completed by NFHS rules shall not be used in the seeding process for the section tournament.
TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY
Rule 3, Section 2 Articles 5 - A meet may be suspended by the games committee, in collaboration with the referee, due to an emergency such as hazardous weather conditions or power failure.
Rule 3, Section 2 Articles 6 - Competition, interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authority, shall be continued from the point of interruption unless there are conference, league or state association rules which apply. All trials and marks, made up to the point of interruption, shall stand.