FHSAA Athletic Directors Endorses New Classification Proposal

October 18, 2018

The Florida High School Athletic Association Athletic Directors Advisory Committee endorsed a new FHSAA classification proposal Wednesday that would reduce the number of classes and change playoffs for sports not including football.

The proposal would not make any changes to the current 1A rural classification (including Northview and Jay).

If approved by the Board, the two-year classification cycle would begin with the 2019-20 school year. The proposed new classification structure would reduce the following sports to six classes plus rural: baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, softball and girls volleyball.

Districts would remain, but schools would not be required to play regular-season district contests. Following the regular season, there would be required district tournaments seeded by MaxPreps rankings.

The regional playoff brackets for Class 2A-7A (1A rural playoff structure remains the same) would feature four regions per class and four districts per region. District champions would automatically qualify for the playoffs, with the top four seeds in each region being seeded by MaxPreps. Following the top four automatic qualifers being seeded, teams 5-8 would receive at-large bids via their MaxPreps rankings. Higher seeds would host.

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One Response to “FHSAA Athletic Directors Endorses New Classification Proposal”

  1. Mike on October 18th, 2018 5:27 pm

    This proposal does not help a large majority of the teams who struggle to compete each year. The first proposal would, in my opinion, benefit the teams that don’t have the talent to compete with the bigger schools. The first proposal would put teams with similar records into the same districts to compete with each other.

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