Arkansas Activities Association

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.

Arkansas Activities Association
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, 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)

History

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 admitted 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

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

Other activities

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

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

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

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

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

Class 6A

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

Class 5A

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

Class 4A

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

Class 3A

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

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

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

State championships

Academic competitions

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

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
YearChampionRunner-up
2019Little Rock CentralConway
2018 Conway Fayetteville
2017ConwayCabot
2016FayettevilleConway
2015ConwayFort Smith Southside
2014Fort Smith SouthsideCabot
2013Fort Smith SouthsideASMSA
2012ASMSAConway
2011CabotFort Smith Southside
2010Fort Smith SouthsideLittle Rock Central
2009Little Rock CatholicFort Smith Northside
2008Little Rock CentralCabot
2007Fort Smith SouthsideCabot

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

6A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019RussellvilleGreenwood
2018RussellvilleGreenwood
2017RussellvilleBenton
2016RussellvilleSheridan
2015BentonRussellville
2014BentonGreenwood
2013SearcyBenton
2012BentonLittle Rock Parkview
2011Little Rock ParkviewBenton
2010Little Rock ParkviewWatson Chapel
2009BentonWatson Chapel
2008Little Rock ParkviewBenton
2007Little Rock ParkviewBenton

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

5A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019De QueenMorrilton
2018Little Rock ChristianPulaski Academy
2017HarrisonNettleton
2016Little Rock ChristianHarrison
2015MorriltonLittle Rock Christian
2014Watson ChapelMorrilton
2013Watson ChapelLittle Rock Christian
2012Watson ChapelHuntsville
2011Watson ChapelHuntsville
2010MorriltonLittle Rock Mills
2009MorriltonLittle Rock Christian
2008Little Rock ChristianMorrilton
2007morrilltonLittle Rock Christian
2006CabotFort Smith Southside
2005BentonFort Smith Southside
2004Fort Smith NorthsideFort Smith Southside
2003batesvilleLittle Rock Catholic
2002Fort Smith NorthsideLittle Rock Catholic
2001Fort Smith NorthsideBenton
2000Fort Smith NorthsideBenton
4A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019ArkadelphiaMonticello
2018HuntsvilleHamburg
2017HuntsvilleHighland
2016Subiaco AcademyBrookland
2015Subiaco AcademyHamburg
2014ArkadelphiaMaumelle
2013Subiaco AcademyGravette
2012NashvilleSubiaco Academy
2011FarmingtonSubiaco Academy
2010MalvernHuntsville
2009Subiaco AcademyMalvern
2008HuntsvilleSubiaco Academy
2007HamburgPocahontas
2006MalvernMorrilton
2005MorriltonHuntsville
2004ViloniaMorrilton
2003MorriltonVilonia
2002MorriltonWatson Chapel
2001MorriltonWatson Chapel
2000Watson ChapelMorrilton
3A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019Mountain ViewCenterpoint
2018CenterpointHaas Hall-Fayetteville
2017Haas Hall-FayettevilleCenterpoint
2016Haas Hall-FayettevilleEpiscopal Collegiate
2015Episcopal CollegiateCenterpoint
2014Episcopal CollegiateFountain Lake
2013Episcopal CollegiateFountain Lake
2012CenterpointEpiscopal Collegiate
2011Episcopal CollegiateArkansas Baptist
2010Episcopal CollegiateCenterpoint
2009Episcopal CollegiateCenterpoint
2008BauxiteEpiscopal Collegiate
2007Episcopal CollegiateSalem
2006DardanelleNashville
2005Little Rock ChristianDardanelle
2004DardanellePulaski Academy
2003DardanellePulaski Academy
2002HuntsvilleBald Knob
2001Bald KnobHuntsville
2000Bald KnobHuntsville
2A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019Haas Hall FayettevilleHaas Hall Bentonville
2018Conway ChristianRison
2017Conway ChristianCotter
2016HazenConway Christian
2015Conway ChristianHazen
2014Cedar RidgeHazen
2013Conway ChristianCedar Ridge
2012Cedar RidgeGurdon
2011MurfreesboroGurdon
2010MurfreesboroMagazine
2009MelbourneCutter Morningstar
2008WoodlawnParkers Chapel
2007Walnut RidgeGillett
2006Episcopal CollegiateCenterpoint
2005Walnut RidgeCenterpoint
2004Cutter MorningstarCenterpoint
2003Cutter MorningstarLittle Rock Christian
2002Cutter MorningstarIzard County Consolidated
2001CenterpointIzard County Consolidated
2000CenterpointWalnut Ridge
1A classification
YearChampionRunner-up
2019NorforkIzard County Consolidated
2018Haas Hall BentonvilleNorfork
2017NorforkHaas Hall Bentonville
2016NorforkLISA Academy North
2015Sacred HeartMount Vernon-Enola
2014Haas HallLISA Academy North
2013Haas HallAlpena
2012Haas HalleStem
2011NorforkRidgefield Christian
2010Sacred HeartSouth Side Bee Branch
2009Haas HallAcademics Plus
2008Haas HallLISA Academy
2007AlpenaHaas Hall
2006Van CoveHaas Hall
2005ScrantonVan Cove
2004Van CoveLead Hill
2003Sulphur RockVan Cove
2002ArmorelLittle Rock Christian
2001Walnut Valley ChristianDelight
2000Walnut Valley ChristianDelight

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Fall sports

List of Arkansas state high school football champions

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

List of Arkansas state high school girls cross country champions

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

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

List of Arkansas state high school golf champions

Winter sports

List of Arkansas state high school dance champions

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

School year7A state champion6A state champion5A state champion4A state champion3A-2A-1A state champion
2014BentonvilleAlmaNettletonBauxiteGlen Rose
2013BentonvilleBentonAlmaBauxiteGlen Rose
2012BryantJonesboroAlmaWestside ConsolidatedGlen Rose
2011BentonvilleJonesboroNettletonWestside ConsolidatedGlen Rose

List of Arkansas state high school cheer champions

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

School year (Fall)7A class6A class5A class4A class3A class2A-1A class5A-7A co-ed1A-4A co-ed
2013FayettevilleSheridanHS LakesideNashvilleElkinsJunction CityBryantPea Ridge
2012FayettevilleBentonHS LakesideValley ViewElkinsJunction CityBentonvilleHeber Springs
2011FayettevilleBentonHS LakesidePrairie GroveElkinsJunction CityBentonvillePea Ridge

List of Arkansas state high school basketball champions

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

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

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 year7A-6A state champion5A-4A state champion3A-2A-1A state champion
2013–14CabotStuttgartElkins
2012–13CabotGreenbrierConway St. Joseph
2011–12CabotSiloam SpringsElkins

List of Arkansas state high school girls bowling champions

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 year7A-6A state champion5A-4A state champion3A-2A-1A state champion
2012–13BentonvilleGreenbriarRiverview
2012–13CabotJonesboro WestsideNorfolk
2011–12RogersValley ViewRiverside
2010–11CabotViloniaRiverside
2009–10FS SouthsideViloniaBrookland
2008–09CabotGreenwoodBrookland
2007–08FS SouthsideValley ViewBrookland
2006–07Lake HamiltonValley ViewMountain Pine
2005–06Hot Springs LakesideValley View
2004–05Fort Smith Southside

List of Arkansas state high school wrestling champions

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 year7A-6A state champion5A-1A state champion
2014-15Need Info.Central Arkansas Christian (3)
2013–14Little Rock CatholicMaumelle (2)
2012–13Bentonville (2)Maumelle
2011–12Har-BerLittle Rock Christian
2010–11BeebeConway
2009–10Rogers HeritageGentry
2008–09BentonvilleCentral Arkansas Christian (2)
2007-2008Need Info.Central Arkansas Christian

List of Arkansas state high school swimming and diving champions

Spring sports

List of Arkansas state high school soccer champions

Boys Soccer:

  • 2019 - Springdale (3), Russellville (5), Valley View (2), Central Arkansas Christian (3)
  • 2018 - FS Northside (2), Russellville (4), Lakeside Hot Springs, Warren
  • 2017 - Rogers, Siloam Springs (4), Hot Springs (2), Dardanelle (2)
  • 2016 - Bentonville (4), Siloam Springs (3), Hot Springs, Dardanelle
  • 2015 - Bentonville (3), Russellville (3), De Queen (6), Central Arkansas Christian (2)
  • 2014 - Bentonville (2), Russellville (2), De Queen (5), Green Forrest
  • 2013 - FS Northside, Searcy (6), Little Rock Christian (3), Valley View
  • 2012 – Springdale (2), Russellville, Siloam Springs (2), De Queen (4)
  • 2011 – LR Catholic (5), Searcy (5), Siloam Springs, De Queen (3)
  • 2010 – LR Catholic (4), Searcy (4), Little Rock Christian (2), De Queen (2)
  • 2009 – LR Catholic (3), Searcy (3), Little Rock Christian, De Queen
  • 2008 – Conway, Searcy (2), Harrison (6), Central Arkansas Christian
  • 2007 – LR Catholic (2), Searcy, Pulaski Academy (3), Clarksville
  • 2006 – Van Buren, Harrison (5)
  • 2005 – Bentonville, Harrison (4)
  • 2004 – Conway, Harrison (3)
  • 2003 – Springdale, Harrison (2)
  • 2002 – LR Catholic, Harrison
  • 2001 – Pulaski Academy (2)
  • 2000 – Pulaski Academy
  • 1999 – Fayetteville
  • 1998 – North Little Rock

Girls Soccer:

  • 2019 - Bryant (2), Little Rock Christian (5), Harrison (7), Central Arkansas Christian (9)
  • 2018 - Rogers (4), Siloam Springs (5), Little Rock Christian (4), Central Arkansas Christian (8)
  • 2017 - Bentonville (8), Siloam Springs (4), Harrison (6), Central Arkansas Christian (7)
  • 2016 - Bentonville (7), Siloam Springs (3), Harrison (5), Central Arkansas Christian (6)
  • 2015 – Bryant, Siloam Springs (2), Little Rock Christian (3), Gentry
  • 2014 – Bentonville (6), Siloam Springs, Harrison (4), Valley View
  • 2013 – Bentonville (5), Searcy (4), Shiloh Christian, Central Arkansas Christian (5)
  • 2012 – Bentonville (4), Russellville, Central Arkansas Christian (4), Pulaski Academy (6)
  • 2011 – Conway, Mountain Home (2), Harrison (3), Pulaski Academy (5)
  • 2010 – Bentonville (3), Searcy (3), Little Rock Christian (2), Conway St. Joseph (2)
  • 2009 – Bentonville (2), Mountain Home, Little Rock Christian, Conway St. Joseph
  • 2008 – Mount St. Mary, Searcy (2), Pulaski Academy (4), Central Arkansas Christian (3)
  • 2007 – Bentonville, Searcy, Pulaski Academy (3), Central Arkansas Christian (2)
  • 2006 – Rogers (3), Central Arkansas Christian
  • 2005 – Rogers (2), Pulaski Academy (2)
  • 2004 – Rogers, Harrison (2)
  • 2003 – LR Central (2), Pulaski Academy
  • 2002 – LR Central, Harrison
  • 2001 - Fayetteville (4)
  • 2000 – Fayetteville (3)
  • 1999 – Fayetteville (2)
  • 1998 – Fayetteville

List of Arkansas state high school baseball champions

List of Arkansas state high school softball champions

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

List of Arkansas state high school track and field champions

See also

References

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