GHSA meeting doesn't yield any major changes

The Georgia High School Association's Executive Committee meeting finished quickly and without any major news Monday morning, although next year's state wrestling tournament will have a minor change.

The traditional wrestling tourney, held at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, will be a three-day event in 2009 (Thursday through Saturday) instead of its recent format of four days.

Wrestling has added a sectional round, which will follow the area tournaments and precede the state finals. The sectional tourneys are slated for Feb. 13-14, 2009 and the state finals are planned for Feb. 19-21.

The finals in Gwinnett now will have 16-wrestler brackets in all classifications instead of a 32-wrestler bracket, an attempt to cut down on the size and length of the meet.

Among the other items addressed by the committee at its semi-annual meeting on Monday were:

- GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin was awarded a new four-year contract through 2012

- At the suggestion of the football committee, host schools in the semifinals of the state playoffs may use portable seating to bring stadiums up to required capacity, as long as the seats meet industry requirements, have a clear sight of the playing field and are paid for by the host school outside of game revenue

- The state girls track meet was moved until after the boys meet, so it is now scheduled for May 14-16, 2009, while the boys meet stays May 7-9, 2009. The two meets will flip-flop dates in 2010

- The softball committee denied a request to move slowpitch softball to the spring.