Leftovers from Tuesday AIA meeting
The Arizona Interscholastic held its monthly executive board meeting Tuesday. We touched on a reduction in the radius of the transfer rule and the forfeit issue, but here are some other nuggets of information:
* Members of the AIA have heard rumors of a potential mass migration if the 25-mile transfer rule is put into effect. If it passes, July 1 has long served as the proposed implementation date. However, there are contingencies in place to move the date up if so desired. “There is a significant amount of concern (of transfer movement before the rule is implemented), which, I think, speaks to the necessity or the desire for the rule by the membership,” AIA Assistant Executive Director Chuck Schmidt said. “You’re looking at, OK, people are just going to move and become athletically eligible.” Schmidt said the rule can be put into effect on the same day (March 1) it is passed if the member schools and the board members so desire. Emergency legislation could also move up the start date to a time between March 1 and July 1.
* The AIA is working out how, exactly, to measure the 25-mile distance. “Is it by as the crow flies, is it through the road, is it the shortest, is it the fastest?” Schmidt said. It’s an important distinction because many schools are more than 25 miles apart by driving but fewer than 25 in a straight line.
* Hamilton principal Fred DePrez has asked for a wording change to the bylaw regarding All-Star games during the school year, but no proposal to change the process. Several football players participated in one on Monday, but local coaches were not allowed to go because it would have been a violation. The AIA has granted permission for All-Star game participation in the past, but nothing was brought in front of the board for this game. Now that the rules are understood on both sides, it likely won’t be an issue moving forward. Various schools may need to send violation reports to the AIA for their participation in these events the past few years because they did not receive permission beforehand.
* Next season, basketball will be broken up into six sections per division. When the sectional tournaments come around, however, two sections apiece will be combined to create three ‘super sections’. That way the format can stay the same as it is now.