AHSAA official

An AHSAA official flips the coin prior to a football game last season. 

Gardendale High School has been named one of 99 Alabama High School Athletic Association member schools to be recognized as AHSAA Sportsmanship Schools for the 2018-19 school year.

Gardendale was the only local school to go fine- and ejection-free throughout all sports last academic year.

Mortimer Jordan was hit for a total of $1,300 on five different violations. Fultondale owes $850 on three different violations. Pinson Valley was called for three infractions, totaling $650 in fines and Corner has been flagged for $200 on two separate violations.

AHSAA Sportsmanship Schools, including Gardendale, will be honored at the AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon during the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference and All-Star Sports Week. The 12th annual luncheon will be held at noon on Friday, June 19, at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

“We are extremely pleased to recognize 99 high schools for this noted accomplishment,” said AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese. “Our total fines were down 4.1% in 2018-19 over the previous year, and we thank all our schools for their commitment to teaching good sportsmanship and upholding the regulations and by-laws created by our member schools.”

In total, ejections and school fines are down 4.1% from 2017-18. According to a press release from the AHSAA, student-athletes with ejections represent only 0.003% of the more than 156,000 student-athletes who participated in AHSAA sports events in 2018-19, and the 74 coaches with ejections are just 0.006% of the AHSAA’s more than 11,000 certified coaches.

“We are also encouraged by the large percentage of student-athletes and coaches who are competing in our sports’ programs who never receive an ejection,” Savarese said. Our goal, however, is always for each school to be fine and ejection free. It is imperative that each of us, our schools, coaches and administrators continue to emphasize daily the importance of good sportsmanship to our students, parents and communities.”

Below is a rundown of each school’s 2018-19 sportsmanship status:


▪ Fine- and ejection-free


▪ Softball, Player’s Ejection, $100

▪ Failure to Report Football Score, $100

Pinson Valley

▪ Baseball, Player’s Ejection, $100

▪ Baseball, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

▪ Basketball, Violation of Sunday Play Rule, $250


▪ Boys Soccer, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

▪ Girls Soccer, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

▪ Audit Fine, $250

Mortimer Jordan

▪ Football, Player’s Ejection, $100

▪ Basketball, Coach’s Ejection, $300

▪ Boys Soccer, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

▪ Girls Soccer, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

▪ Softball, Head Coach Not Attending Rules Clinic, $300

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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