For the first time in 24 years, Van Buren, Alma and Greenwood will all be in the same conference.
On Wednesday, the member schools of the Arkansas Activities Association rejected a proposal by Mountain Home and Searcy that would have merged 6A and 5A into one classification. The vote was part of the AAA Governing Body Meeting in Little Rock.
With that rejection, the Pointers, Airedales and Bulldogs will be in the same conference (7A/6A-Central) for the first time since playing in the old District 4-AAA in the 1990-91 school year. Siloam Springs also was in that conference and will be the 7A/6ACentral as well along with Russellville, Conway, Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary’s Academy and Bryant.
Northside and Southside also will return to the 7A-West, re-creating an all-7A conference. With Bryant moving to the Central, the 6A-South will be all 6A. The East and Central will be 4-4 splits between 7A and 6A schools.
The AAA announced the conference assignments in June. In the fall, the AAA Board of Directions will hear a school’s appeals of conference assignments. Bryant is appealing its assignment to the Central, as it wants to stay in the South because of shorter travel distances.
The AAA members passed 11 of 15 proposals and two of the rejections had similar proposals that did pass.
One proposal that passed dealt with procedures for ending football games because of severe weather. In conference games, there are procedures how and when to finish the game. In nonconference games, if a team is leading at halftime or second half when inclement weather arises, that team is declared the winner. If the first half is not complete, then the game is considered "no contest," with no winner or loser declared.
The schools also approved a plan to add diversity to the AAA board with four at-large members — a female, a private school member and ethnic minorities.
Another officially set the two-week dead period as the week before and the week of July 4.
Also, Van Buren won the 7A Sportsmanship Award while Alma Principal Jerry Valentine was the AAA Citation Award for Activity District 4.