Arkansas Activities Association

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Arkansas Activities Association
Map of USA highlighting Arkansas.png
Abbreviation AAA
Formation 1904
Legal status Association
Purpose/focus Athletic/Educational
Headquarters 3920 Richards Rd.
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Region served Arkansas
Membership 300+ schools
Official languages English
Executive Director Lance Taylor
Affiliations National Federation of State High School Associations
Staff 14
Website www.ahsaa.org
Remarks (501) 955-2500

The Arkansas Activities Association (locally known as the AAA) is the primary sanctioning body for high school sports in state of Arkansas. AAA is a member association of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSHSA). Every public secondary school in Arkansas is a de jure member of the AAA, and most private schools, save for a few schools in the delta that belong to the Mississippi Private Schools Association, are included in membership.

The Arkansas Activities Association, or "AAA," was originally founded in 1904 by seven high schools and colleges and was called the "Arkansas State Athletic Association." In 1912, the high schools separated from the colleges and became the "Arkansas Athletics Association." Membership increased rapidly, and eventually the name of the organization was changed to the "Arkansas Activities Association".[1]

The following member organizations exist within AAA:

  • Athletic Directors: - Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association (AHSAAA)
  • Coaches: - Arkansas High School Coaches Association (AHSCA)
  • Officials: - Arkansas Officials Association (AOA)

Contents

Sanctioned sports[edit]

The AAA currently governs a total of 12 sports, listed below in order of season's start:[2]

Fall sports[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

Other activities[edit]

Although the word "activities" is used in the name, the AAA is directly responsible only for interscholastic athletics. Other activities, including music, forensics, and spirit groups, are governed by their own associations affiliated with yet not part of the AAA, who is only responsible for sanctioning (approving) the events. These associations usually adopt the AAA's means of determining eligibility as well as its size classifications seen below, but regional classifications and means of organizing events are left only to their respective associations.

The AAA maintains affiliations with several non-sporting activities associations. These associations generally use AAA guidelines regarding a student's eligibility to participate.

  • Arkansas Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) & Arkansas Journalism Advisors Association (AJAA) – provides students and educators with resources, competitions and programs focused on yearbook, newspaper, photography and digital media.
  • Arkansas FFA – chartered in 1928 and serves as state organization within the National FFA Organization.

Organization[edit]

The AAA organizes its member schools by 3-year average daily membership (ADM) in grades 10-12 every two years. Each classification is organized by rank, as opposed to a minimum threshold, to maintain consistent numbers for each class.

Classifications[edit]

Since 2006, the schools have been organized as follows.

  • Class 7A (16 largest schools)
  • Class 6A (next 16 largest schools)
  • Class 5A (next 32 largest schools)
  • Class 4A (next 48 largest schools that sponsor football ("football schools"), as well as all non-football schools within range)
  • Class 3A (same means as Class 4A)
  • Class 2A (next 48 largest schools and remainder of football schools)
  • Class 1A (all remaining schools)

The means of placing private schools within these classifications have become a key issue in Arkansas. Prior to 2002, only single-gender schools would have its enrollment altered, in this case by doubling the reported enrollment. In 2002, the enrollments reported by private schools was multiplied by 1.35. In 2006, that multiplier was increased to 1.75. Starting in 2008, the multiplier wil be dropped altogether, and each private school will be placed one classification above where the enrollment would otherwise place the school. In 2012, enrollment for private schools that were segregated were combined (for example, Catholic High School for Boys with Mount Saint Mary Academy (for Girls)).

Within each classification, the schools are further grouped into conferences, each with 6-8 schools apiece. In Classes 7A-5A, the conferences are named according to directional region (i.e. 7A-West, 6A-Central, 5A-Southeast). In the smaller classes, the conferences are named according to the activity district number which the conference is centrally located (a class 4A conference in western Arkansas would be the 4A-4 conference). In smaller classes, there can be more than one conference within an activity district. These are further named according to directional area (a pair of class 2A conferences in southwest Arkansas would be the 2A-7 West and 2A-7 East). Classes 3A and 2A group conferences for football and basketball separately (Mountainburg is in Conference 3A-1 for football and 3A-4 for basketball). Finally, sports with limited sponsorship, such as soccer and swimming, have their own conferences between the participants. These special conferences often transcend multiple classes.

As of 2010, the rules for 7A and 6A classification for football have been changed. The divisions still compete in separate playoffs, but two regional conferences that have previously been exclusive to 7A or 6A now have a mix of 7A and 6A schools so as to save on transportation expenses during the regular season.

Conferences[edit]

For purposes of clarity, the activity districts with regions covered are as follows.

  • District 1 (northwest Arkansas)
  • District 2 (north central Arkansas)
  • District 3 (northeast Arkansas)
  • District 4 (west Arkansas)
  • District 5 (central Arkansas)
  • District 6 (east Arkansas)
  • District 7 (southwest Arkansas)
  • District 8 (southeast Arkansas)

The AAA has changed both the names and means of these classifications over time.

  • Prior to 1977, the classes ranged from Class AAAA to Class C, with AAAA including the 8 largest schools in Arkansas. In 1977, the first "class shift" added an "A" to each class, and references to Class C were removed.
  • In 1983, Class AAAAA merged into and was renamed Class AAAA, with all other classes relatively consistent.
  • In 1998, the state witnessed the second "class shift", this time removing all references to Class B.
  • In 2006, Class AAAAA was split in half, and Classes AAA and AA, both with over 70 schools each, were reorganized into three smaller classes. At first, the largest class was called Class AAAAAAA. The current naming conventions, changing the reference to 7A, were adopted soon after.

Prior to 2006, the activity district number was placed in front of the class for conference names (i.e. 4AAA, 7AA-East). These naming conventions changed as well, but many local media outlets still placed the district number before the class (3-4A instead of 4A-3). Prior to this, a few outlets mixed prior references to new ones (some newspapers in western Arkansas made references to the 4AAA-West, yet such a conference never existed).[3]

Class 7A/6A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 7A and 6A classification for the 2012–14 school years:

Bentonville Tiger Stadium and Tiger Athletic Complex (TAC)

Class 5A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 5A classification for the 2012–14 school years:

Class 4A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 4A classification for the 2012-14 school years:

Class 3A[edit]

The conference membership within the 3A Classification are adjusted for schools that do not field a football team.

3A Football[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 3A classification for the 2012-14 school years:

3A Basketball[edit]

Class 2A[edit]

2A Football[edit]

2A Basketball[edit]

Class 1A[edit]

State championships[edit]

Academic competitions[edit]

The state's Quiz Bowl competitions are organized by the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) as sanctioned by the AAA. The AGQBA is the recognized state association of the National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT).

List of Arkansas state high school quiz bowl champions[edit]

Each spring, the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association holds its state tournament finals that is broadcast on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

7A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Fort Smith Southside (Champion); ASMSA (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – ASMSA
  • 2011 – Cabot
  • 2010 – Fort Smith Southside
  • 2009 – LR Catholic
  • 2008 – LR Central
  • 2007 – Fort Smith Southside
6A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Benton (Champion); Searcy (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Benton
  • 2011 – LR Parkview
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 –
  • 2008 – LR Parkview
  • 2007 – LR Parkview
5A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Watson Chapel (Champion); LR Christian (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Watson Chapel
  • 2011 – Watson Chapel
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 – Morrilton
  • 2008 –
  • 2007 – Batesville
4A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Subiaco (Champion); Gravette (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Nashville
  • 2011 – Farmington
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 – Subiaco
3A classification[edit]
  • 2011 – LR Episcopal Collegiate (Champion); Fountain Lake (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Centerpoint
  • 2011 – LR Episcopal Collegiate
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 – LR Episcopal Collegiate
  • 2008 – ? (Champion); LR Episcopal Collegiate (Runner-up)
  • 2007 – LR Episcopal Collegiate
  • 2006 – LR Episcopal Collegiate
2A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Conway Christian (Champion); Cedar Ridge (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Cedar Ridge
  • 2011 – Murfreesboro
1A classification[edit]
  • 2013 – Haas Hall (Champion); Alpena (Runner-up)
  • 2012 – Haas Hall
  • 2011 – Norfolk
  • 2010 –
  • 2009 – Haas Hall
  • 2008 – Haas Hall

Fall sports[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school football champions[edit]

To decide a winner of each classification, each conference sends the top 5 teams within them to attend the state playoffs. All number 1 seed schools get a first round bye. The playoffs are in a single elimination tournament that decides the best teams in a classification. Rounds are played weekly until two teams remain in the tournament. The two remaining teams will play at a set location to decide the state champion in the classification. These rules for playoffs apply to football only.

List of Arkansas state high school volleyball champions[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school girls cross country champions[edit]

The following is a (fall sport) list of Arkansas state champions in girls cross country:

List of Arkansas state high school boys cross country champions[edit]

The following is a (fall sport) list of Arkansas state champions in boys cross country:

List of Arkansas state high school golf champions[edit]

Winter sports[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school dance champions[edit]

The state competitive dance championships are held annually in November or December.

School year 7A state champion 6A state champion 5A state champion 4A state champion 3A-2A-1A state champion
2013 Bentonville Benton Alma Bauxite Glen Rose
2012 Bryant Jonesboro Alma Westside Consolidated Glen Rose
2011 Bentonville Jonesboro Nettleton Westside Consolidated Glen Rose

List of Arkansas state high school cheer champions[edit]

The state competitive cheer championships are held annually in November or December.

School year (Fall) 7A class 6A class 5A class 4A class 3A class 2A-1A class 5A-7A co-ed 1A-4A co-ed
2013 Fayetteville Sheridan HS Lakeside Nashville Elkins Junction City Bryant Pea Ridge
2012 Fayetteville Benton HS Lakeside Valley View Elkins Junction City Bentonville Heber Springs
2011 Fayetteville Benton HS Lakeside Prairie Grove Elkins Junction City Bentonville Pea Ridge

List of Arkansas state high school basketball champions[edit]

The basketball season begins each November with the state basketball championship tournament held annually in late February and March.

List of Arkansas state high school boys bowling champions[edit]

The bowling season begins each November with the state bowling championship tournament held annually in late February.

According to the AAA Bowling Handbok, all Arkansas Activities Association rules will be followed. Rules for competition shall be those of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) American Bowling Alliance. Arkansas Activities Association rules prevail in case of a conflict with standard USBC rules.

School year 7A-6A state champion 5A-4A state champion 3A-2A-1A state champion
2012–13 Cabot Greenbrier Conway St. Joseph
2011–12 Cabot Siloam Springs Elkins

List of Arkansas state high school girls bowling champions[edit]

According to the AAA Bowling Handbook, all Arkansas Activities Association rules will be followed. Rules for competition shall be those of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) American Bowling Alliance. Arkansas Activities Association rules prevail in case of a conflict with standard USBC rules.

School year 7A-6A state champion 5A-4A state champion 3A-2A-1A state champion
2012–13 Cabot Jonesboro Westside Norfolk
2011–12 Rogers Valley View Riverside
2010–11 Cabot Vilonia Riverside
2009–10 FS Southside Vilonia Brookland
2008–09 Cabot Greenwood Brookland
2007–08 FS Southside Valley View Brookland
2006–07 Lake Hamilton Valley View Mountain Pine
2005–06 Hot Springs Lakeside Valley View
2004–05 Fort Smith Southside

List of Arkansas state high school wrestling champions[edit]

Arkansas became the 49th state to add high school wrestling when the Arkansas Activities Association approved wrestling as a sanctioned sport for the 2008–09 season. The wrestling season begins each November with the state wrestling championship tournament held annually in late February. The state tournament combines wrestlers from the 7A and 6A classifications and a separate competition for the 1A through 5A classifications.

School year 7A-6A state champion 5A-1A state champion
2013–14 Little Rock Catholic Maumelle (2)
2012–13 Bentonville (2) Maumelle
2011–12 Har-Ber Little Rock Christian
2010–11 Beebe Conway
2009–10 Rogers Heritage Gentry
2008–09 Bentonville Central Arkansas Christian

List of Arkansas state high school swimming and diving champions[edit]

Spring sports[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school soccer champions[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school baseball champions[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school softball champions[edit]

Fast Pitch
  • 2013 – North Little Rock (5), Russelville, White Hall (2), Nashville (3), Benton Harmony Grove (4), Magnet Cove, Taylor (3)
  • 2012 – Bryant (6), Lake Hamilton (4), White Hall, Nashville (2), Mansfield, Junction City, Taylor (2)
  • 2011 – Bryant (5), Searcy, Wynne, Farmington, Atkins, Foreman, Nemo Vista
  • 2010 – Bryant (4), Mountain Home, Greenbrier, Nashville, Arkansas Baptist (4), Foreman, Armorel
  • 2009 – North Little Rock (4), Lake Hamilton (3), Wynne, Dardanelle, Perryville, Foreman, Scranton
  • 2008 – North Little Rock (3), Mountain Home, Nettleton, Ashdown, Elkins, Foreman, Nemo Vista
  • 2007 – Fayetteville, Lake Hamilton (2), Vilonia, Dardanelle, Elkins, Foreman, West Side GF
  • 2006 – Fayetteville, Marion, Central Arkansas Christian, Foreman, Lockesburg
  • 2005 – Benton (2), Batesville, Farmington, Arkansas Baptist (3), Taylor
  • 2004 – Benton, Hope, Booneville, Benton Harmony Grove (3), Lockesburg
  • 2003 – Texarkana, Hope, Prairie Grove (3), Benton Harmony Grove (2), Ouachita
  • 2002 – North Little Rock (2), Nettleton, Prairie Grove (2), Benton Harmony Grove
  • 2001 – North Little Rock, Batesville, Prairie Grove, Newark
  • 2000 – Rogers, Lake Hamilton, Farmington
  • 1999 – Sheridan
Slow Pitch
  • 2003 – McCrory
  • 2002 – Hoxie
  • 2001 – Parkers Chapel, Ouachita
  • 2000 – Sylvan Hills, Murfreesboro, Lockesburg (2)
  • 1999 – Bryant (3), Nashville, Cedarville, Lockesburg
  • 1998 – Benton, Greenwood, Southside Batesville, Arkansas Baptist (2), Guy-Perkins
  • 1997 – Bryant (2), Batesville, Nettleton, Arkansas Baptist
  • 1996 – Bryant, Vilonia, Barton, St. Joseph

List of Arkansas state high school tennis champions[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school track and field champions[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Opinion No. 92-107". Arkansas Attorney General. 1 May 1992. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sports and Activities". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Classes and Conferences". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved October 9, 2012. 

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