Sent out to media from AHSAA:
Central Board Approves AHSAA Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ Affirming Plans to Start Fall Sports as Scheduled
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the AHSAA’s Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ recommended guidelines Wednesday and reaffirmed plans to start fall sports on time, The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
Fall sports teams have the option to begin fall workouts on July 27 with the first week used by football for acclimation purposes only with helmets and shorts only. The other fall sports – volleyball, cross country and swimming and diving – can use the first week for acclimation and tryouts. Schools not choosing that option may start fall practice on August 3.
The first contest can be August 20.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese praised the Central Board for its leadership and commitment providing member schools the tools to return to play as safely as possible.
“The purpose of the Return to Play document is to offer AHSAA member schools best practices in order to commence the 2020-21 school year athletic seasons as scheduled and as safely as possible,” said Savarese.
The AHSAA has planned a virtual press conference Thursday at 1 p.m. to discuss details of the Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ document. WOTM TV is producing the press conference which can be viewed over the AHSAA TV Network (WOTM.tv) and NFHS Network: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/ahsaa/evt658f416bdf. The document will be available online at www.ahsaa.com Thursday.
The Central Board also approved amending the AHSAA Constitution concerning the District Board Makeup, Central Board Makeup and Bi-Districts and the Central Board rotations to guarantee no person shall be discriminated against based on gender, race or religion. The Merger Act guaranteed specific representation for AHSAA and AIAA members. The new language provides representatives of the AHSAA and AIAA to each have an equal opportunity at all positions of management.
“I want to thank this Central Board for having the courage to do the right thing,” said Savarese. “Moving forward, this is a great day for our association.”
The Board also waived member school dues for the 30th consecutive year – a savings of approximately $84,000 for the schools for the coming school year and a total savings of approximately $2.4 million since 1991-92 for the AHSAA’s 416 high schools and 336 middle/junior high schools.
Former Auburn head football coach passed away on 6/1/20 around 11:30 at Bethany House in Auburn, AL. The Coach was always there for the media and most of all, always there for Auburn University. He was able to bring the Auburn/Alabama game to Jordan-Hare. He worked hard for the community and supported many local Non-Profit organizations such as United Way. Since I have been shooting Auburn football, Coach Dye would make it on to the field during pregame to speak to many of the fans. Auburn Fans are going to miss him, he is a legend. RIP
COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has now affected the sports world again. This year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Because of the COVID-19, they have been proposed to July 23 – August 8, 2021. Let’s pray these athletics do not get sick and have a chance next year.
As the weekend of the East Alabama Baseball Classic was wrapping up, everyone knew the season was in question as the Coronavirus was making the news. On March 27 with conjunction with the Governor directive, all sports were suspended for the remainder of the school season. In a media release, AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said, “Like thousands of others, I am deeply saddened and disappointed that our schools have closed, and spring sports will not have an opportunity to finish their seasons. Even more so, I am disheartened for all student-athletes, contest officials, their coaches, families, student bodies, fans, communities, and especially our seniors. We are facing an unprecedented health crisis, but I am prayerful that the steps we are taking now within our schools and across our nation will enable all those affected to return to a sense of normalcy sooner than later.”
My heart goes out to all the players and especially the seniors. God Bless, practice social distancing and stay well.
Summer seems like it had just started, spring games played, Coaches changing jobs, & Dixie Youth baseball. At the end of this month, football teams will be getting ready for a new year.
Now is a good time when things are a little slow and remember our country. Yes, the USA is not perfect but it is the best in the world but it has come with a great price of lives that have found to make this country and keep this country free. God bless America!
Hey everyone, I have been working on getting the Noles Sports site up and running. I have a ways to go yet to get everything working the way I would like but getting close. The biggest thing with be the sports photo gallery so you can see your picture & if you like, you can purchase. Please keep checking back!