|AHSAA re-classifies, Stanhope gets relief|
|Written by News Desk|
|Friday, 07 February 2014 09:32|
By ART PARKER
The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved a new seven-classification system for championship play beginning with the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. The seven-class system is being adopted for all sports.
The seven-classification system will allow more student-athletes to participate in championship events and more will experience first-hand what it means to play in some of the best venues in our state," Central Board President Lamar Brooks said.
The new seven-class football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in the new Class 7A. The remaining six classes were divided as equally as possible with 60 schools in 6A, 61 in 5A, 60 in 4A, 60 in 3A, 58 in 2A and 58 making up Class 1A.
AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said the seven-class system allows the AHSAA to group schools more closely in enrollment, reduce the need for nine-team regions in football and has created fewer five-team areas in sports like basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball.
"It also will allow more schools to make the state playoffs and will crown more state champions than at any other time in the history of our organization," Savarese said.
"It will be fairer for all schools, I think. It will closed the number gap between schools as far as enrollment is concerned," Stanhope Elmore coach Jeff Foshee said. "It will certainly help us because we will not be forced play schools with a thousand more kids...more than twice our enrollment. Under the new system the worst case is that we will face a school that has just a couple hundred more kids enrolled."
Those that will leave the region that was home for Stanhope Elmore are: Prattville, Spain Park, Thompson and Oak Mountain.
In addition to the Mustangs, the new region for Stanhope Elmore will include Carver (Montgomery), Wetumpka, Russell County, Park Crossing, Carroll (Ozark), Dothan and Northview (Houston County).
-Includes information from the AHSAA website
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