MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $2 million to its member schools under its revenue sharing plan. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.
The AHSAA Legislative Council also met Wednesday.
The revenue sharing plan, approved first by the Central Board in 2009, has returned $11.8 million to its member schools over the last seven years. The formula for the distribution of funds includes a differential between classifications and the number of sports played by non-football-playing schools. The plan returns excess funds back to the schools when the AHSAA has at least one year’s working capital in reserve.
The Central Board of Control also approved waiving membership dues for member schools for the 25th straight year – a cost savings of more than $83,000 in 2016-17 and more than $2 million in savings to our member schools since 1992.
“Returning $2.0 million to our schools through our revenue-sharing plan is certainly important to the financial well-being of our schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “We are proud to have now returned almost $14 million to our schools through the Revenue Sharing Plan and the waiving of school dues. I thank our Central Board for its strong leadership, especially the Central Board Finance Committee, and thank our valued corporate partners for their commitment to our member schools, our student-athletes and our educational based programs.”
AHSAA Assistant Director Denise Ainsworth previewed the AHSAA Five-Year Strategic Plan for 2017-22 and discussed the five major goals the strategic plan – and its theme: “Building Leaders through Athletics.”
Direct Communications, a public relations group, was approved to be hired to assist the AHSAA in promoting the association goals and mission.
New president John Hardin, who served as vice president the last two years, was also welcomed to his new position. Hardin is principal at Hackleburg High School in District 7. He replaced Mike Welsh, Spring Garden principal and president in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
The board also approved recommendations by the AHSAA’s Sports Committees and Competition, including an item by the baseball committee that games added or deleted from a school’s schedule after area play begins will not count toward tie-breaker issues.
It also approved the committee’s recommendation to eliminate the coin toss in the “if needed” game three in all rounds of the state playoffs except the finals. The home team will be the home team for the game in all preliminary rounds.
A recommendation was approved that was submitted by the basketball committee to allow the AHSAA to set each quadrant for each class after sub-regional play results are determined. This would allow a school that qualifies boys and girls for the regional tournament to have the games scheduled back to back to avoid long delays between the two.
The Central Board reviewed and approved 2017-18 publications, including the AHSAA handbook and 2017-18 AHSAA sports book. The Legislative Council also met and approved the AHSAA publications Wednesday afternoon and heard a review of the Central Board’s action.
In other Central Board action:
– Approved the financial reports for the spring championships in soccer, softball, baseball and track.
– Approved the 2017-18 budgets for the AHSAA and the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and the 2016-17 audits for each group.
– Approved a restitution plan for Washington County High School.
– Approved the Scorebird Program and Dragon Fly document uploading program being made available to member schools in the coming school year.
– Was updated about the AHSAA insurance coverages and school audit program.