LITTLE ROCK — In its least-controversial meeting in recent years, the Arkansas Activities Association's Governing Body, composed of representatives of all member schools, passed Wednesday with little or no opposition a record 18 proposals, mostly dealing with proper certification forms be included in the member handbook.
Eleven of the 18 proposals, which orginated from the various activity districts throughout the state, passed without a negative vote. No one spoke either for or against any proposal.
Conway Christian's baseball team, which was turned in before the regional championship game last spring for having a volunteer coach who had not refiled the proper certification forms involving safety issues, was initially denied a spot in the Class AA state tournament. After an injunction on behalf of CCS that threatened to delay the start of the state tournament if CCS was not entered as at least a No. 2 seed and after negotiation with the AAA, CCS officials voluntarily accepted a No. 4 seed.
There were four other similar certification issues involving teams throughout the state.
Two new proposals, passed 218-0, requires that all teacher/coach certification forms and all volunteer certification forms be placed in the handbooks distributed before the school year to all AAA-affiliated schools. Another proposal, passed 219-1, states that any team that uses a non-certified coach or volunteer forfeit all the victories in which the non-certified person participated.
Conway High was presented a banner for winning the Sportsmanship Award in 7A. Conway Christian and St. Joseph each received Academic State Championship Awards for best cumulative grade-point averages in individual sports. CCS won in football and volleyball. St. Joseph earned the academic title in girls basketball and girls golf.