7A, 6A football schools have league of their own

Posted: August 7, 2014 at 3:37 a.m.

The landscape of Arkansas high school conferences will change again in 2016.

At a glance

Results of the Arkansas Activities Association governing body vote Wednesday:

PROPOSAL 1 Volleyball tournaments can include preliminary sets for the purpose of seeding teams into bracket play. Up to six teams per seeding group are permitted. Teams should play no more than 10 total 25-point sets in preliminary play. PASSED (129-2)

PROPOSAL 2 Football-participating schools should receive finals money based on finals attendance, rather than preliminary rounds gate receipts. The proposal encourages schools to promote and sell tickets for the finals games. After expenses the AAA would allocate pro-rated shares to the schools participating — 20 percent to the AAA and 40 percent to member schools for walk-up ticket sales and 20 percent to the AAA and 80 percent to participating schools for presale tickets. PASSED (117-1)

PROPOSAL 3 Limit full contact in football practices. During preseason, schools cannot have consecutive practices of full contact after Day 5. Teams can have three days of full-contact practice during the week in the regular season; included in those days are junior varsity and varsity level games. This period shall begin six days prior to the first regular-season contest and continue through the state championships. In spring football, teams are allowed three full-contact practices per week with no full-contact practices to occur on consecutive days. A spring game will count as a full-contact practice. PASSED (163-21)

PROPOSAL 4 Elimination of blended conferences in Class 7A and 6A. Two eight-team conferences in Class 7A and 6A with the top four teams from each conference advancing to the playoffs. Class 7A schools will only face other Class 7A members in conference play in basketball, baseball and softball. Class 6A and 5A would combine for conference play in basketball, baseball and softball before splitting into their appropriate classifications for the state playoffs. The other two districts would be Classes 4A and 3A and Classes 2A and 1A. PASSED (163-21)

PROPOSAL 5 Move up the start date for the first week of football by one week in an effort to avoid the possibility of inclement weather in the state playoffs. FAILED (129-54)

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