Arkansas Activities Association

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Arkansas Activities Association
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AbbreviationAAA
Formation1904
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeAthletic/Educational
Headquarters3920 Richards Rd.
North Little Rock, AR 72117
Region served
Arkansas
Membership
300+ schools
Official language
English
Executive Director
Lance Taylor
AffiliationsNational Federation of State High School Associations
Staff
14
Websitewww.ahsaa.org
Remarks(501) 955-2500

The Arkansas Activities Association (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 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

History[edit]

Prior to integration of public schools, the AAA only governed the activities of white schools. Until 1961, the association required special permission before an integrated school could compete with an all-white school, even in band. The first AAA-sanctioned meeting between a predominantly white school and a black school occurred October 28, 1966 between Little Rock Central High School and Little Horace Mann. Some integrated schools were admitted to the AAA by 1966, and all of the African-American schools were admitted to the AAA in 1967, but maintained separate districts. This resulted in a situation in which all-black Stuttgart Holman was to play partially integrated Pine Bluff Southeast, which had been admjitted to the AAA in 1966, for the African-American championship. The AAA refused to allow the title game to take place, on the grounds that Holman was not a member of the association. In 1968 the districts were realigned to include black and white schools in the same districts. [2]

Sanctioned sports[edit]

The AAA currently governs a total of 12 sports:[3]

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 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.

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.

From 2010 to 2016, the rules for 7A and 6A classification for football were 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).[4]

Class 7A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 7A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 6A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 6A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 5A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 5A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 4A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 4A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 3A[edit]

The conference membership within the 3A Classification are adjusted for schools that do not field a football team. The following conferences exist within the 3A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 2A[edit]

The conference membership within the 2A Classification are adjusted for schools that do not field a football team. The following conferences exist within the 2A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

Class 1A[edit]

The following conferences exist within the 1A classification for the 2016–18 school years:

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.

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

Each spring, the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association holds the state tournament finals for each classification. These matches are broadcast on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

7A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Conway Fayetteville
2017 Conway Cabot
2016 Fayetteville Conway
2015 Conway Fort Smith Southside
2014 Fort Smith Southside Cabot
2013 Fort Smith Southside ASMSA
2012 ASMSA Conway
2011 Cabot Fort Smith Southside
2010 Fort Smith Southside Little Rock Central
2009 Little Rock Catholic Fort Smith Northside
2008 Little Rock Central Cabot
2007 Fort Smith Southside Cabot

(Prior to 2006-2007 school year Arkansas had only five classification divisions.)

6A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Russellville Greenwood
2017 Russellville Benton
2016 Russellville Sheridan
2015 Benton Russellville
2014 Benton Greenwood
2013 Searcy Benton
2012 Benton Little Rock Parkview
2011 Little Rock Parkview Benton
2010 Little Rock Parkview Watson Chapel
2009 Benton Watson Chapel
2008 Little Rock Parkview Benton
2007 Little Rock Parkview Benton

(Prior to 2006-2007 school year Arkansas had only five classification divisions.)

5A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Little Rock Christian Pulaski Academy
2017 Harrison Nettleton
2016 Little Rock Christian Harrison
2015 Morrilton Little Rock Christian
2014 Watson Chapel Morrilton
2013 Watson Chapel Little Rock Christian
2012 Watson Chapel Huntsville
2011 Watson Chapel Huntsville
2010 Morrilton Little Rock Mills
2009 Morrilton Little Rock Christian
2008 Little Rock Christian Morrilton
2007 Batesville Little Rock Christian
2006 Cabot Fort Smith Southside
2005 Benton Fort Smith Southside
2004 Fort Smith Northside Fort Smith Southside
2003 Benton Little Rock Catholic
2002 Fort Smith Northside Little Rock Catholic
2001 Fort Smith Northside Benton
2000 Fort Smith Northside Benton
4A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Huntsville Hamburg
2017 Huntsville Highland
2016 Subiaco Academy Brookland
2015 Subiaco Academy Hamburg
2014 Arkadelphia Maumelle
2013 Subiaco Academy Gravette
2012 Nashville Subiaco Academy
2011 Farmington Subiaco Academy
2010 Malvern Huntsville
2009 Subiaco Academy Malvern
2008 Huntsville Subiaco Academy
2007 Hamburg Pocahontas
2006 Malvern Morrilton
2005 Morrilton Huntsville
2004 Vilonia Morrilton
2003 Morrilton Vilonia
2002 Morrilton Watson Chapel
2001 Morrilton Watson Chapel
2000 Watson Chapel Morrilton
3A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Centerpoint Haas Hall Fayetteville
2017 Haas Hall Fayetteville Centerpoint
2016 Haas Hall Fayetteville Episcopal Collegiate
2015 Episcopal Collegiate Centerpoint
2014 Episcopal Collegiate Fountain Lake
2013 Episcopal Collegiate Fountain Lake
2012 Centerpoint Episcopal Collegiate
2011 Episcopal Collegiate Arkansas Baptist
2010 Episcopal Collegiate Centerpoint
2009 Episcopal Collegiate Centerpoint
2008 Bauxite Episcopal Collegiate
2007 Episcopal Collegiate Salem
2006 Dardanelle Nashville
2005 Little Rock Christian Dardanelle
2004 Dardanelle Pulaski Academy
2003 Dardanelle Pulaski Academy
2002 Huntsville Bald Knob
2001 Bald Knob Huntsville
2000 Bald Knob Huntsville
2A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Conway Christian Rison
2017 Conway Christian Cotter
2016 Hazen Conway Christian
2015 Conway Christian Hazen
2014 Cedar Ridge Hazen
2013 Conway Christian Cedar Ridge
2012 Cedar Ridge Gurdon
2011 Murfreesboro Gurdon
2010 Murfreesboro Magazine- J. D. Leftwich
2009 Melbourne Cutter Morningstar
2008 Woodlawn Parkers Chapel
2007 Walnut Ridge Gillett
2006 Episcopal Collegiate Centerpoint
2005 Walnut Ridge Centerpoint
2004 Cutter Morningstar Centerpoint
2003 Cutter Morningstar Little Rock Christian
2002 Cutter Morningstar Izard County Consolidated
2001 Centerpoint Izard County Consolidated
2000 Centerpoint Walnut Ridge
1A classification[edit]
Year Champion Runner-up
2018 Haas Hall Bentonville Norfork
2017 Norfork Haas Hall Bentonville
2016 Norfork LISA Academy North
2015 Sacred Heart Mount Vernon-Enola
2014 Haas Hall LISA Academy North
2013 Haas Hall Alpena
2012 Haas Hall eStem
2011 Norfork Ridgefield Christian
2010 Sacred Heart South Side Bee Branch
2009 Haas Hall Academics Plus
2008 Haas Hall LISA Academy
2007 Alpena Haas Hall
2006 Van Cove Haas Hall
2005 Scranton Van Cove
2004 Van Cove Lead Hill
2003 Sulphur Rock Van Cove
2002 Armorel Little Rock Christian
2001 Walnut Valley Christian Delight
2000 Walnut Valley Christian Delight


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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
2014 Bentonville Alma Nettleton Bauxite Glen Rose
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
2013–14 Cabot Stuttgart Elkins
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 Bentonville Greenbriar Riverview
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
2014-15 Need Info. Central Arkansas Christian (3)
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 (2)
2007-2008 Need Info. 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]

Clarksville 2007

List of Arkansas state high school baseball champions[edit]

List of Arkansas state high school softball champions[edit]

Fast Pitch
  • 2017 – Bentonville (2), Sheridan (3), De Queen, Pottsville, Rose Bud, Rison, Taylor (4)
  • 2016 – Bentonville, Sheridan (2), Vilonia (3), Mena (2), Bald Knob (3), Spring Hill (2), Nemo Vista (3)
  • 2015 – North Little Rock (7), Greenwood, Vilonia (2), Mena, Bald Knob (2), Spring Hill, Scranton (2)
  • 2014 – North Little Rock (6), Benton (3), White Hall (3), Brookland, Bald Knob, Foreman (7), Midland
  • 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 (6), Nemo Vista (2)
  • 2010 – Bryant (4), Mountain Home, Greenbrier, Nashville, Arkansas Baptist (4), Foreman (5), Armorel
  • 2009 – North Little Rock (4), Lake Hamilton (3), Wynne, Dardanelle, Perryville, Foreman (4), Scranton
  • 2008 – North Little Rock (3), Mountain Home, Nettleton, Ashdown, Elkins, Foreman (3), Nemo Vista
  • 2007 – Fayetteville, Lake Hamilton (2), Vilonia, Dardanelle, Elkins, Foreman (2), 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. ^ Barclay, Leland (27 February 2018). "High school sports landscape changed in the 1960s". Fort Smith Times Record. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Sports and Activities". Arkansas Activities Association. Archived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  4. ^ "Classes and Conferences". Arkansas Activities Association. Archived from the original on August 18, 2012. Retrieved October 9, 2012.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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