It is now incredibly clear to many of the small to mid- size schools around the country that
implemented or want to implement the A-11 O!ense, that there is a massive disconnect
between (48) of the voting members sitting on the NFHS Rules Committee, and the positive
feedback from the majority of the football coaches, players, o"cials and fans that the NFHS
Rules Committee is supposed to represent.
In an ESPN Sports Nation Poll conducted March 5th - March 7th 2009, the numbers suggest by
an overwhelming 75% to 25% margin (3 to 1) that this is indeed the case.
With more than 11,150 votes cast to date, the state-by-state numbers demonstrate the NFHS
Rules Committee members that changed the rules to ban the A-11 O!ense from high school
football, made a hasty decision as to whether the A-11 is "unsportsmanlike" in their opinion,
versus the reality of it being "innovative" and beneficial for smaller type schools. Worse yet,
this panicked action by the NFHS is not based on the facts, as reported by the majority of
coaches, players, o"cials and fans representing the "boots on the ground," the people who
have actually witnessed A-11 football games live and in person.
2009 ESPN A-11 POLL RESULTS OVERVIEW
There are many questions that should be asked of the NFHS#Rules Committee, such as:
A. How many of the#(48)#NFHS Rules Committee members#that voted (46-2) to ban the A-11
O!ense have#Actually seen a game involving the A-11 O!ense live and in person?
B. Two of the#most#vocal opponents against the A-11 O!ense#sitting#on the NFHS#Rules Committee
come#from the states of West Virginia and North Carolina. To be fair,#is#it#reasonable to ask the
voting#Reps from WV & NC#(and#the voting Reps from#each of those 48 states)#exactly how
many#football games have they seen in person that showcased teams using the A-11 O!ense?#
C. ! If their answer is "No",#they have never seen an A-11 team live; then why did they vote to ban it?
D. If their answer is "Yes", then what#game(s) did they watch live; and why did they vote to ban it?###
The#lack of transparency in the rules making process is startling. Another example revealed, is that
all#Five of the Scrimmage Kick Formation (SKF)#rule change proposals submitted to the NFHS did not
make it out of the sub-committee.#However, a certain small group of#NFHS Rules Committee
members#decided to create their own rules by combining or rewording existing rules to ban the
THE NFHS NEED TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO MANY QUESTIONS
The overall nationwide#positive feedback via#email and phone calls from#supporters of the A-11
O!ense#Petition drive, echo the majority of the feedback from people who have seen it live, and
also the#outstanding#results of the ESPN poll about the A-11.
The (48) members of the NFHS Rules Committee that#banned the A-11,#might#have succeeded
in#actually denying the normal#'due process'#that should have been a!orded to#thousands of
football players, coaches and administrative bodies across the country.#
If so, the#void and#shocking disconnect between the (48) members of the NFHS Rules Committee
and many small to mid-size schools,#appears to#warrant a full inspection of the rules making
process, and the internal communication amongst the voting members relative to it.
It would seem the NFHS could#have#easily acted#in the best interests of every#high school
nationwide, by agreeing#to#assist each#State Association#to study the features and benefits
of#teams using the#A-11 O!ense across the country for 2009, 2010 & 2011.
Now,#is it too late for the NFHS Rules Committee to act upon their hasty move to help examine a
new o!ensive system that might benefit smaller type schools nationwide?
This is just another question that needs to be asked of the NFHS Rules Committee.
ESPN POLL REFLECTS THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN A-11 “LIVE”
SOURCE: ESPN.COM POLL - MARCH 7-9, 2009
11,068 ESPN Fans Spoke Up Nationwide
AS OF MARCH 7, 2009
A-11 OFFENSE POLL RESULTS - BREAKDOWN BY STATE
March 5-7, 2009
11,068 TOTAL VOTES
POLL FIGURES AS OF
MARCH 07, 2009
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