AHSAA approves new Class 7A for largest schools
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MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control unanimously approved today 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 Class 7A will include 32 largest schools, which does not include any local school.

The action came during the Central Board’s winter meeting at the AHSAA Office this morning. Re-classification, conducted every two years, is based on average daily enrollment numbers provided by the State Board of Education. Member private schools supply the same enrollment information for their schools or school systems.

The AHSAA has functioned with a six-classification system since 1984. The schools were grouped in a four-classification system from 1964-1983 and a two-classification system from 1947-1964. Before 1947, the AHSAA had just one classification system.

“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. “With the addition of an extra championship game, revenues should increase which will mean much-needed additional money for all schools through the AHSAA revenue sharing program.”

The new seven-classification football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in the new Class 7A. In the remaining six classifications, 60 schools are in 6A, 61 in 5A, 60 in 4A, 60 in 3A, 58 in 2A and 58 making up Class 1A. A total of 23 schools do not participate in football and will be placed in the re-classification system based on their reported enrollment numbers.

The Central Board also voted to allow football teams 11 weeks to schedule 10 games. Schools may elect to play a non-region contest the week of Aug. 21-22-23 and then have 10 weeks to play the remaining nine regular-season games. Schools can still agree to play a non-counting jamboree or regulation game that first week but would then have the remaining 10 weeks to schedule the maximum 10 regular-season contests.

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