According to a release from the Alabama High School Athletic Association, the AHSAA Central Board of Control unanimously approved changing the current method of counting enrollment for classification purposes on Oct. 17.

The previous method of counting enrollment involved counting the average daily membership of member schools in grades 10-12 but will now use grades 9-11 instead. The average daily membership is counted by each member school using the first 20 school days after Labor Day.

This new change will take effect immediately and will be used for the 2020-2022 classification period.

“This should give us a more accurate accounting of the number of students who could become eligible to participate in the AHSAA championship programs for the next classification period,” AHSAA Associate Executive Director Alvin Briggs said in a statement.”

AHSAAA Executive Director Steve Savarese agreed with Briggs’ assessment.

“When the AHSAA began classifying member schools in multiple classes years ago, most ninth grade students were attending (separate) junior highs,” Savarese continued. “We now have just four junior high schools in the AHSAA and those schools only feed one (high) school.

“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.”

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