What Is the Alabama High School Athletic Association?


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The Alabama High School Athletic Association is a private organization that manages, regulates and promotes high school athletic programs in Alabama. Member schools include parochial, public and private schools, and the total number includes 401 senior high schools and 287 junior high and middle schools. Over 75,000 students participate under the umbrella of the AHSAA. Sports in the AHSAA's jurisdiction include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, and both indoor and outdoor track and field.

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Formed in 1921, the AHSAA includes a legislative council made up of eight district bodies that acts as the rule-making arm of the organization. The final authority in the organization is the Central Board of Control, which includes a member of the state's board of education. The organization sponsors and coordinates 22 state championships, 11 for boys and 11 for girls.

The AHSAA, which became a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations in 1924, merged with the Alabama Interscholastic Athletic Association in 1968, giving the state a single governing body in interscholastic athletics.

The AHSAA counts as its corporate partners Coca-Cola, Russell Athletic, Alabama Power, Wilson and Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. Its corporate sponsors and contributors include Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Cadence Bank and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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