The AHSAA board has approved changes for baseball, softball, soccer, and bowling

The AHSAA board has approved changes for baseball, softball, soccer, and bowling ...

On Wednesday, the Alabama High School Athletic Association's central board of control approved several modifications, including moving baseball, softball, and soccer from area to region play.

The top four teams in each region in baseball will advance to the state playoffs. Currently in area play, the top two teams from each area advance. In 2023, the top four regional teams in softball will advance to the softball regional tournament. Currently softball teams play area tournaments with the winner and runners-up advanced to regional tournaments.

All soccer divisions will compete in divisions with the top four teams advanceing to the state playoffs starting with the 2023 season, a departure from the top two teams who advance from each area in Class 7A, 6A, 4A/5A, and 1A/3A.

A NFHS recommendation for football was approved to extend team boxes on the sidelines from each 20-yard line. Previously, the team box was extended from the 25-yard line.

A regular season bowling match will include a one-day and three Baker matches beginning next season. Last season, Baker matches were the best.

In other actions:

Pike Liberal Arts of Troy was approved for membership. Due to the timing of the school's application, the school's football team will not be eligible for the playoffs until the 2024-25 school year. Pike's other programs will be eligible for the playoffs for the 2022-19 school year.

The board of directors approved president Van Phillips' retirement from his position as principal at Center Point High School, and vice president Farrell Seymore, who has been promoted from the principal of Opelika High to superintendent of education for the city school system. He will remain on the board, but he resigned owing to time constraints from his new position. Mike Welsh, Superintendent of Cherokee County Schools, and Jamie Chapman, the superintendent of Pickens County Schools,

Jamie Lee, an AHSAA assistant director, announced that he would leave his position as Director of Parks and Leisure in Vestavia Hills. Lee joined the AHSAA staff in 2017 after 22 years as a teacher and basketball coach.

The board approved Proposal 19, which alterations Section 21 of the Summer Practice Rule relating to summer practice completion to include the word "in-state" in item 2 titled "At least from the permitted three weeks, a school team may choose to participate two days (TOTAL) at a college or university camp. No other proposals have been approved by the two-thirds vote.

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