A lot of news came out of the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s executive board meeting Monday. Here’s a recap with some thoughts and opinions:
1.The AIA is reducing the student-ticket price next school year from $6 to $5 in an attempt to increase student attendance at games. Anything that gets more students out is a good idea, of course, and I’m guessing ticket takers will love the fact they won’t need a drawer full of $1 dollar bills for change.
2.The number of playoff teams in each sport was finalized. Find the full list here. Note that Division I basketball will have 24 teams instead of 27 as initially sought by the basketball advisory committee. I can’t imagine that will cause a lot of consternation.
3.There will be a special legislative council meeting on Sept. 25. Among the items to be discussed: Adding members to the executive board and a new transfer rule (here we go again). These are proposed bylaws that are being worked on by a group of school administrators and, I expect, will get serious consideration when they come up for a vote.
4.The board tabled a vote to determine whether the Division I state champion could accept an invitation to take part in the Burger King State Champions Bowl Series. The inaction, in my mind, was the proper response. There’s too much that’s unknown, including how catastrophic injuries would be covered, how long student-athletes would be kept out of winter sports as they prepare for the “bowl game” and whether changing the bylaws to approve of such a game would allow state champs in other sports to pursue a postseason contest.
5.The Sollenberger Classic will be played after the season, and it sounds as if coaches prefer Arizona teams playing out-of-state teams, as was the case in the preseason version held in Las Vegas. I understand the concerns, that asking a team to prepare for another game after it wins a state title is unfair. But I think a Chandler High or Chandler Hamilton, for example, would welcome the chance to play a state champ from Nevada, California or elsewhere.