BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Eleven high school athletic association executive directors representing each state in the Southeastern Conference footprint and representatives of the National Federation of State High School Associations gathered for a meeting with SEC staff in Nashville this week. The meeting was held in conjunction with SEC Basketball Media Days at the Omni Hotel.
"We had a productive meeting in which we discussed relevant issues impactful to both high school and college athletics, including the mutual view that Friday nights in the fall are best focused on high school football," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We shared in a healthy exchange of information that allowed us to identify items of mutual interest and share best practices to the benefit of everyone in the room. I look forward to a continued dialogue with our colleagues in high school athletics."
Among the items discussed were football recruiting policies, the men's basketball recruiting environment, potential changes to NCAA transfer rules, best practices for facility scheduling with SEC member institutions and event security strategies. The meeting also included discussion related to recruiting and supporting game officials and the identification of opportunities for SEC officiating coordinators to engage in training and development of high school officials.
"We found it very helpful to meet with SEC leadership and share our common concerns," said Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. "Our student-athletes become student-athletes in the SEC and its fellow conferences. It important for us to create the best experience possible for our student-athletes and this relationship enables us to identify issues and develop solutions that work for all of us."