From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved the AHSAA’s Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ recommended guidelines for winter sports Thursday and also approved fall sports championship changes at its annual fall meeting.
The Winter Sports ‘Return to Play ‘Best Practices’ follow the most recent Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and AHSAA Medical Advisory Board recommendations for sports such as boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, boys’ and girls’ bowling and indoor track. More information regarding the winter sports return to play recommendations can be found here:
Among the changes approved for fall championships was a GOFAN fall championship ticketing plan that will manage the ticket limitations at each venue and will require tickets to playoff events (except cross country) be purchased digitally.
Instructions for the digital ticketing plan will be available at www.ahsaa.com by Saturday.
Attendance for the football playoffs, which get underway Nov. 6, will be restricted to 33% based on current ADPH recommendations. The AHSAA will continue to study the stadium capacity data submitted by school superintendents. The Super 7 Championships at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium has set a limit of 7,200 per session.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese praised the Central Board for its leadership and commitment providing member schools the tools to return to play as safely as possible.
“The purpose of the Return to Play document has always been to offer AHSAA member schools best practices in order to commence those athletic seasons as scheduled and as safely as possible,” said Savarese.