Central Board Approves Plan For Incorporation
Of Adaptive & Wheelchair Athlete Scoring in Track
The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board has approved a plan to incorporate and calculate scoring for adaptive and wheelchair student-athletes participating in the AHSAA outdoor track & field championships, effective this spring. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual winter meeting in Montgomery.
The Board approved extending the existing state cross country championship contract at Moulton's Oakville Indian Mounds Park & Museum for three more years through the 2017 season and the record-setting 2014 region and state volleyball financial reports.
AHSAA, in conjunction with the Lakeshore Foundation, is devising a plan to count the points scored in adaptive or wheelchair track events with the scoring of the school they represent. In past years, a separate championship was awarded to schools with students in the wheelchair division.
“We think this plan will generate increased participation by adaptive and wheelchair students," Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “It will be a way to provide a more memorable experience for all our students."
Savarese said the 2014 volleyball championships at the CrossPlex and at the regional sites set attendance records. “I think the new seven-classification system provided opportunities for some new schools to make the tournament. The excitement generated by the teams and fans created a wonderful state-championship atmosphere."
The AHSAA cross country committee recommended unanimously to extend the state cross country event contract.
Additionally, the Central Board approved two-year term limits for sports committee members.
In other Central Board action: