|Dirk Beashore (Piper)|
After the last few years the Kansas State High School Activities Association and its board members have been eyeing changes to its school size classifications.
The state currently has six divisions, and schools are classified based on how many students are enrolled at the school. 6A schools have 1123-1796 students, 5A schools have 595-1092 students, 4A D1 schools have 320-590 students, 4A DII schools have 320-590 students, 3A schools have 119-203 students enrolled and 2-1A have 63-119 students enrolled.
The new proposal would make changes to almost every sport the state of Kansas offers.
For football, the change would mark the return of 1A as a separate classification. It also would get rid of the two separate 4A divisions; the 6A, 5A and 4A divisions would consist of 32 schools each. 3A and 2A divisions would have 48 schools each, and the 1A division would have the remaining schools. Eight-man football would remain the same with two divisions, with roughly 50 schools in each.
Volleyball, bowling, golf, swimming and non-sport activities would not be changed with the proposal.
However, boys’ and girls’ soccer would undergo two different changes. Boys’ soccer would be changed by having 6A and 5A divisions being made up of 36 teams. The remaining classes would all consist of 33 teams each. On the girls’ side, 6A would have 36 schools while 5A would have 35. 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A would all consist of 22 teams each.
Basketball would have some changes made as well; 6A-4A schools would consist of 36 teams each, while 3A and 2A would have 64 teams in each. 1A would have approximately 117 schools.
Baseball and softball would also see changes with the proposal. Baseball would have its 6A-4A classes consist of 36 teams each while 3A would have 59 and 2A and 1A would have 60-70 teams. Softball would have its 6A and 4A classes contain 36 teams in each, while its 5A would contain 33 or 34 teams. 2A would contain around 59 teams and 1A would consist of 60-70 teams.
The last sport that would have changes to its classes by the new proposal is cross country. 6A-4A would consist of 36 schools each, and 3A-1A would consist of up to 64 teams.The final vote for the proposal will be in April. If the vote passes, it would be effective for the 2018-19 school year.