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High school football practice begins Monday in Alabama

Sidney Lanier football practice (Source: WSFA 12 News) Sidney Lanier football practice (Source: WSFA 12 News)

High school football practice in Alabama officially begins Monday. and the first game of the season is less than a month away.

The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced some changes coming to the Alabama high school football scene for the 2017 season.

First - the Association is using a new system that will provide instant updates on all games on the AHSAA website and app. Each school will receive a transmitter that attaches to its scoreboard. The website will update automatically.

“We’re really excited about our new “Scorebird” program that attaches a box to the back of the scoreboard, and that will instantaneously send the scores to our new AHSAA Now website, along with a new app that’s being created where  you can follow us and keep up with scores at 400 high schools,” said Steve Savarese, AHSAA’s Executive Director. https://ahsaanow.com/ The site is not active yet but will be updated once football season starts.

Perhaps the biggest change: the new "running clock" rule that will only apply in the playoffs. The new rule states that both coaches have the option to agree on a running clock if both coaches deem the game to be "out of hand."

“The National Federation of High Schools creates all of our rules for us. They are now allowing us, in the second half of contest, to have a running clock if the game is out of hand. If the coaches determine the game is out of hand, they can agree to have a running clock for the remainder of the game,” Savarese explained.

Another big change this year - a new way to determine the home team in the playoffs. In the first-round, the top two seeds will be the home team while seeds three and four travel. In the following rounds, the home team will be determined by which team traveled in the previous round.

Savarese goes on to say, “In rounds two, three, and four of our playoffs, if travel is equal, the higher seed team will be the home team. In the past, it’s been based on whether you were at the top or the bottom of the bracket, now it will be the higher seed.”

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