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AHSAA changes the way it counts ADM for upcoming classification purposes


The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current method of using average daily membership (ADM) numbers for grades 10, 11 and 12 to using grades 9, 10 and 11 to determine classification of its member schools.

The change begins immediately and will be used for the classification period for 2020-21 and 2021-22. 
The average daily membership is counted by each member school using the first 20 school days after Labor Day.

The action was taken at the Central Board of Control quarterly meeting at the AHSAA office Thursday.

“This should give us a more accurate accounting of the number of students who could become eligible to participate in the AHSAA championship program for the next classification period,” said Alvin Briggs, AHSAA associate executive director who works closely with classification.

AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese praised the Central Board’s decision, thanked the Alabama State Department of Education, Briggs and assistant director Jamie Lee for their study and research.

“When the AHSAA began classifying member schools in multiple classes years ago, most ninth-grade students were attending junior highs. We now have just four junior high schools in the AHSAA and those schools only feed one school,” Savarese said. “We also found several schools have students who are being counted in the senior class numbers that no longer have eligibility to participate in the AHSAA. However, every ninth grader has a chance to become eligible to participate over the two-year classification period.”

The Central Board, in a continuing effort to help the member schools financially, approved the removal of the five percent basketball tournament sanction fee assessed to member schools hosting regular-season tournaments and approved a plan to reduce the cost of contest officials during the playoffs for all sports.

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