AHSAA updates winter postseason guidelines, announces spring sports policies
After uninterrupted fall and winter (so far) seasons, the AHSAA is preparing for spring sports.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Central Board announced guidelines and best practices Tuesday for the winter sports postseason and spring campaigns.
The guidelines remained similar to the AHSAA’s fall plans. For winter sports postseason events, attendance will stay limited at 20% capacity in accordance with each venue. Tickets must be purchased digitally via GoFan.
A second sub-regional round was also added to postseason play, allowing fewer teams to gather in each event center.
The AHSAA state bowling championships again will again be held at Pelham’s Oak Mountain Lanes on Jan. 28-29; each division will play on its own day.
Indoor track events will be run as finals and occur at the Crossplex facility in Birmingham on Feb. 5-6.
The state wrestling meets will switch to a two-weekend, three-site format. Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery (Class 1A-4A) and Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham (7A) on Feb. 12-13 will host. Huntsville’s Von Braun Center is scheduled for the Class 5A and 6A championships on Feb. 18-20.
The state basketball championships will occur Feb. 26-March 6. The usual site, the BJCC Legacy Arena in Birmingham, is undergoing renovations. So in 2021, the tournament will take place between the Bill Harris Arena at the Birmingham Crossplex and UAB’s Bartow Arena.
Spring sport guidelines included a call on baseball and softball coaches and players to “refrain from spitting” on the field of play or dugout. Dugouts should also be extended and masks should be worn while inside.
Tennis teams should also have hand sanitizer readily available for mid-match crossovers. Players also shouldn’t hand off rackets or balls to one another.
The full best practices form can be found at AHSAA.com.
“The purpose of the ‘Return to Play Spring Sports’ document and the winter sports championship play modifications have always been to offer AHSAA member schools the best recommendations possible to provide more opportunities for student-athletes and schools to participate,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said in a statement.