There’s no surprise that the rejection of the transfer-rule proposal last week took the brunt of print and website headlines, scrutiny and a majority of wrath from outsiders for its downfall.
Given the issue, perceived “importance” of what transferring has become in the past decade — more kids and families moved around the East Valley this week — and complexities involved, it was worthy in receiving the most attention.
It wasn’t, however, the only item discussed in last week’s AIA Legislative Council meeting.
The oft-discussed All-Star rule was also turned down. It was the impetus of football coaches to have wording and verbage changed so high school coaches and kids could compete in all-star events coached by high school coaches during the academic year, instead of the summer.
One of the issues here being that in the case of these showcases, the Legislative Council is going to take the route that it apply to all sports and kids who are invited to play in all-star events, and there’s a good chance several other sports and their committees would oppose the idea of kids playing all-star events during the other sports’ respective season. Helping promote multi-sport athletes was also a concern, fearing such rules would (right or wrong) coerce more kids to focus on one sport instead of a multi-sport upbringing.
So it appears as if kids will continue to attend all-star games, but, at least for now, Arizona high school football coaches could run those teams if given advanced permission by the AIA.
The other nugget was all of Arizona’s private schools would automatically play up a division beginning in the 2015-2016 scheduling block (except Div. VI or 8-man football). That would mean once the AIA computer scheduling software divides an equal number of schools per division for each sport, it would then move up private schools one division and move down an equal number of non-private schools down a division in each sport to re-gain an equal number of schools.
After that, schools (private and public) can appeal up or down a division for all sports or a specific sport.
After lengthy discussions in August, this automatic movement of private schools was initially turned down by the AIA Executive Board.
But before the non-Division I private schools go crazy with rage, there’s a solid chance that the rule or verbage is altered before 2015.
Stay tuned, these topics will be revisited down the road. They are too important — especially the proposed transfer rules — to be a “one-and-done” on Arizona’s high school sports agendas.
Mark Heller is the East Valley Tribune sports editor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (480) 898-6576.