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.

Why? 

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 

A-11.

#

Again...why?#

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

INNOVATIVE

UNSPORTING

INNOVATIVE

UNSPORTING

AK

86%

14%

MT

70%

30%

AL

73%

27%

NE

84%

16%

AR

75%

25%

NC

72%

28%

AZ

72%

28%

ND

86%

14%

CA

78%

22%

NH

75%

25%

CO

77%

23%

NJ

72%

28%

CT

69%

31%

NM

73%

27%

DE

80%

20%

NV

71%

29%

FL

74%

26%

NY

76%

24%

GA

74%

26%

OH

73%

27%

HI

88%

12%

OK

76%

24%

IA

82%

18%

OR

83%

17%

ID

69%

31%

PA

73%

27%

IL

72%

28%

RI

88%

12%

IN

75%

25%

SC

76%

24%

KS

82%

18%

SD

79%

21%

KY

79%

21%

TN

72%

28%

LA

81%

19%

TX

76%

24%

MA

76%

24%

UT

75%

25%

MD

73%

27%

VA

74%

26%

ME

70%

30%

VT

75%

25%

MI

71%

29%

WA

78%

22%

MN

78%

22%

WI

76%

24%

MO

75%

25%

WV

81%

19%

A-11 OFFENSE POLL RESULTS - BREAKDOWN BY STATE

March 5-7, 2009

POLL CONDUCTED

11,068 TOTAL VOTES

POLL FIGURES AS OF 

MARCH 07, 2009

Alaska

Alaska School Activities Association

4048 Laurel St, Ste 203

Anchorage, AK  99508

Phone: (907) 563-3723

Fax: (907) 561-0720

www.asaa.org

Alabama

Alabama High School Athletic Association

P O Box 242367

7325 Halcyon Summit Dr

Montgomery, AL  36124 

Phone: (334) 263-6994

Fax: (334) 387-0075

www.ahsaa.com

Arkansas

Arkansas Activities Association

3920 Richards Rd

North Little Rock, AR  72117

Phone: (501) 955-2500

Fax: (501) 955-2600

www.ahsaa.org

Arizona

Arizona Interscholastic Association

7007 N 18th St

Phoenix, AZ  85020

Phone: (602) 385-3810

Fax: (602) 385-3779

www.aiaonline.org