Arkansas Activities Association votes on proposals

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Arkansas Activities Association recently voted on nine new proposals with some of the proposals going into effect immediately and some starting with the 2018 school year.

Proposal #1 - (Ejection Penalty and Review) This rule changes the amount of time a player is prohibited from participation. This rule would change a football suspension from one full game to the next 4 quarters. Purpose: To more closely align the ejection penalty among all sports. To authorize the appeal and review of ejections. Vote: Passes 298-7 Effective Date: Immediately

Proposal #2 - (Football Game Limitations) Participants are prohibited from participating in more that 5 quarters per calendar day. Purpose: To align game contact rules more closely to the Sports Medicine Committee recommendation and practice rules. 94% in favor of the proposal on the 2017 Spring Survey. Vote: Passes 290-11 Effective Date: Immediately

Proposal #3 - (District Conversion Charter) The school of innovation or district conversion charter school shall participate at the same classification as the highest classified school in the district. Purpose: Allow students attending district conversion charter schools the same eligibility opportunities of other students in their school district. Vote: Passes 277-28 Effective Date: Immediately

Proposal #4 - (Christmas Dead Period) Schools will observe a 3 consecutive day athletic dead period. These days must be taken from December 23-27. Purpose: Allow students, families and school personnel a flexible 3 consecutive day break during the Christmas holidays. Vote: Passes 274-32 Effective Date: 2018-2019 school year

Proposal #5 (Amateurism) Change the AAA handbook on the Amateurism rules. Purpose: To clearly define the definition of amateurism. 3920 Richards Road North Little Rock, AR 72117 Contact: Derek Walter Assistant Executive Director Tel: 501.955-2500 Email: derek@ahsaa.org Vote: Passes 293-2 Effective Date: Immediately

Proposal #6 - (Summer Competition Days) Limit school teams to a maximum of 8 days of competitive activities during summer break per sport, per student. Purpose: To lessen the financial and physical demands of summer sport participation. Vote: Passes 210-94 Effective Date: Immediately

Proposal #7 - (Tennis Season) Tennis begins on week 6 and state event held on Week 15. Purpose: Avoids conflict between volleyball districts and state tournaments and tennis state and overall tournaments. Currently students are having to choose one sport over the other. Vote: Passes 201-2 Effective Date: 2018-2019 School Year

Proposal #8 - (Classification of Schools) To change the number of classifications from seven to six in the sports of Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Track and Field. Proposal was not detailed enough. Purpose: Solve problems with blended conferences Add schools to classification to assist with travel Keep enrollment discrepancies to less than 50%. Vote: Failed 30-183

Proposal #9 - (Classification of Schools) To change the number of classifications from seven to six in the sports of Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Golf, Track and Field. 6A 16 largest schools by ADM 5A The next largest 32 schools by ADM 4A largest 48 schools by ADM 3A/2A/1A - Take remaining schools and divide by three with the greatest number of schools assigned to Class 1A if not divisible by 3. Purpose: Solve problems with blended conferences Add schools to classification to assist with travel Keep enrollment discrepancies to less than 50%. Vote: Pases 141-68 Effective Date: 2018-2020 Classification Cycle

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