On Tuesday, the Kansas State High School Activities Association released football classifications for the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Remember, football classifications are released for two-year cycles and are based on enrollment of students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade for the KSHSAA member schools. The enrollment figures were obtained as of September 20, 2017.
The most significant change will occur with the realignment of classification from a proposal passed earlier this year. The new system keeps Class 6A and 5A at 32 teams, while Class 4A Division I also retains 32 teams and is renamed Class 4A.
The next largest 48 teams is now called Class 3A. This includes the former Class 4A, Division II and the top 16 largest schools in the old Class 3A, which contained 64 schools.
The remaining 48 schools from the old Class 3A are now called Class 2A.
The old Class 2-1A is now named Class 1A and only contains 31 teams – a problem that KSHSAA will have to address sooner or later.
Notable changes for individual schools in football:
· KC Harmon moves to 6A from Class 5A
· Wichita Northwest down to Class 5A from 6A
· De Soto up to Class 5A from 4A-I
· Maize South returns to Class 5A from 4A-I
· Olathe West opens as a new school in Class 5A
· Hays returns to Class 5A after several years in 4A-I
· Pittsburg & Goddard fall to Class 4A from 5A
We will have more reaction and analysis to the new classifications coming later on.
Click below to view the new classifications:
Football Classifications for 2018-19