High School Sports

GHSA roundup: Baseball finals moving to neutral sites

By RON SEIBEL - rseibel@macon.com

The GHSA executive committee passed by majority vote Monday a baseball committee proposal to host championship series in that sport at neutral sites, beginning with the 2017 season.

Executive director Gary Phillips said the best-of-three format used in the finals will be retained.

"The way I would describe it, we are a victim of our success," Phillips said. "Most high school baseball venues cannot handle the crowds that come. They don't have the parking, they don't have the restroom facilities, they don't have the concession facilities, they don't have the seating.

"By going to these neutral sites and using the college and sporting facilities like the Rome Braves and the Gwinnett Braves, places that we've had discussions with, we're going to be in a better venue."

A separate proposal to increase the number of regular-season baseball games from 26 to 30 was defeated in committee, with a recommendation to work with the softball committee to come up with a common number of contests for both sports.

In two other points of interest involving Middle Georgia high schools:

• Certified staff (teachers) from participating schools will be granted free admission to their school’s football playoff games through the semifinals.

• A proposal to change tennis to a fall sport was tabled by the tennis committee until the spring meeting.