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All-Star Sports Week opens Monday




Staff Report
(July 18, 2016)

AHSAA member school coaches and administrators will gather this week (July 18-22) at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center beginning Tuesday for the 20th annual Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Summer Conference and All-Star Sports competition.

Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) Director Alvin Briggs said he is pleased with the line-up of speakers scheduled this week.

“We think we have an outstanding list of clinicians who are very knowledgeable of the best practices in their sports concerning topics ranging from offensive and defensive schemes to current health and safety issues,” Briggs said.
The conference is expected to have 4,000 in attendance and will include eight all-star competitions, more than 300 all-star student-athletes and coaches, 86 professional development sessions, eight rules clinics, three luncheons, one night banquet, 92 speakers, 51 moderators and a golf tournament and cookout hosted by the AHSADCA.

Among the speakers set to address basketball coaches are Auburn University’s Bruce Pearl and the University of Alabama’s Avery Johnson. Both will be speaking Wednesday. Other college coaches scheduled are UAB’s Ron Ehsan, Mississippi State’s Ben Howland and Iowa’s Steve Prohm.

The Football School, which also gets underway Wednesday, will include a special Legends Panel including former Auburn head coach Pat Dye, University of Alabama head coaches Ray Perkins and Mike DuBose, former Troy University Coach Larry Blakeney. Atlanta Falcons representatives present “Practice Like A Pro,” and New Orleans Saints representatives will present “Heads Up Football,” as AHSAA member coaches have the opportunity to become certified through the Heads Up program.

Bowling and golf kick off the Coaching School sessions Monday, followed with baseball, soccer and softball on Tuesday. Sports Schools beginning Wednesday include track, wrestling and cheerleading – in addition to basketball and football. Rollcall will join baseball and football on Thursday’s schedule.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese and Medical Advisory Committee co-chairmen Dr. Lawrence Lemak and Dr. James Robinson will address principals and athletic directors Friday.
The week concludes Friday with two banquets, the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon at noon and the AHSAA Championship Coaches banquet Friday night. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes Luncheon will be Thursday, and the AHSAA Officials Awards banquet will be Saturday morning. All will be at the Renaissance.

ALL-STAR GAMES BEGIN TUESDAY

Football teams reported Sunday to begin preparations for the 57th annual North –South All-Star Game set for Thursday night at Cramton Bowl. The North-South Baseball All-Star doubleheader will be played Tuesday at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Riverwalk Stadium. The Soccer North-South Girls’ All-Star match will be played at Emory Folmar Stadium at the AUM YMCA complex at 5 p.m. The boys will play at 7. And the North-South softball competition will play two games at Lagoon Park with first pitch set for 6 p.m.

The North-South girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be Wednesday night at Alabama State University’s Oliver-Dunn Acadome at 6 and 8 p.m., and the North-South volleyball competition will be Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Tine Davis Gym on the Faulkner University campus.

All-Stars in coaches in those sports report Monday except volleyball, which reports Tuesday.

NFHS NETWORK: All all-star competition will be webcast live over the NFHS TV Network. Links and instructions on how to subscribe can be found at www.ahsaa.com. The All-Star Football Game will also be broadcast live by the AHSAA Radio Network.

The week’s festivities can also be found on the new AHSAA Mobile App, which can be downloaded free at Apple and Google stores online or by going to the following link: http://www.ahsaa.com/Coaches-ADs/2016-Summer-Conference

 


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