A measure designed to give the Arizona Interscholastic Association more investigative power was passed by the slimmest of margins at the yearly legislative council meeting on Friday morning.
Twenty-five of the 36 voters approved it, just carrying the needed two-thirds majority.
While the AIA will still ask its schools to be self-policing, this amendment allows it to independently investigate any matter that has already been reported.
AIA Executive Director Harold Slemmer said the power would be used rarely and only in the most extreme cases. He believes most of the independent investigations will involve the eligibility of transfer students.
“My guess is that is when the most cases will come up,” Slemmer said.
Slemmer will be in charge of finding the independent investigator, and the money will come from the general budget and must be approved by the executive board. A similar measure was proposed last year and failed by two votes.
Another issue discussed Friday was the possibility of timed baseball and softball games on the freshman and junior varsity level. The proposal wouldn’t allow an inning start one hour and 45 minutes after the pre-game coaches meeting, and could result in tie games.
While the smaller schools were generally in favor of such a move ——games must sometimes be played back-to-back on the same field and there are often long bus rides home ——the larger schools opposed it. The ruling allows each conference to decide next year whether to implement timed games.
Another measure was passed that will require any soccer game next season move to a shootout if still tied after two overtime periods.