GHSA votes for return to two-year reclassification cycle

Georgia’s high schools will go through reclassification every two years, as opposed to a four-year-cycle, after a vote by the Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee on Tuesday.
“Everybody saw that it was needed,” the GHSA’s Ralph Swearngin said. “Obviously, two years is what everybody is used to doing. It had a lot of support after we explained the factors, including the start of so many new schools, and superintendents trying to balance the student population in their attendence zones.
“The bottom line is that we can’t guess what is going to happen four years down the road. That’s too long.”
The GHSA also did the following:
X Approved the region and classification realignments for the next two school years.
X Upheld the appeal of Glascock County, which has been moved from Region 7-B to 7-A.
X Approved GHSA’s plans to amend the playoff brackets in Regions 5-8 in Class A for softball, baseball, basketball, and tennis.Georgia’s high schools will go through reclassification every two years, as opposed to a four-year-cycle, after a vote by the Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee on Tuesday.

Georgia’s high schools will go through reclassification every two years, as opposed to a four-year-cycle, after a vote by the Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee on Tuesday.

“Everybody saw that it was needed,” the GHSA’s Ralph Swearngin said. “Obviously, two years is what everybody is used to doing. It had a lot of support after we explained the factors, including the start of so many new schools, and superintendents trying to balance the student population in their attendence zones.

“The bottom line is that we can’t guess what is going to happen four years down the road. That’s too long.”

The GHSA also did the following:

> Approved the region and classification realignments for the next two school years.

> Upheld the appeal of Glascock County, which has been moved from Region 7-B to 7-A.

> Approved GHSA’s plans to amend the playoff brackets in Regions 5-8 in Class A for softball, baseball, basketball, and tennis.

What do I think? With the explosive growth of many areas around the state, most notably the metro area, it was the right thing to go back to the two-year cycle. If the four-year cycle was left intact, you could have had some Class AA schools in 2013-14 that should’ve been in AAAAA.

What do you think about the two-year cycle? And the other approved measures?

20 comments Add your comment

Asheville Dawg

January 12th, 2010
5:00 pm

First, of course two years is appropriate.

Way down south

January 12th, 2010
5:08 pm

Looks like Charlton County’s reign of terror will only last for a short while in class A.

ambush

January 12th, 2010
6:15 pm

The Georgia High School Association’s Executive Committee might be the only thing in Georgia that is a bigger screw up than the Georgia Legislature…

Reeze

January 12th, 2010
7:35 pm

“Everybody saw that it was needed,” the GHSA’s Ralph Swearngin said. “Obviously, two years is what everybody is used to doing” “The bottom line is that we can’t guess what is going to happen four years down the road. That’s too long.”………….What a genius you are!

high school fan

January 12th, 2010
7:56 pm

Is thus the same group who proposed the 4 year plan ?

Ron

January 12th, 2010
8:47 pm

DUH These guys must be brilliant to figure the two year is better than a four year reclassification

NGa Flash

January 12th, 2010
9:32 pm

Finally got something right. Population changes to fast and schools poppin up everywhere. Had to be corrected.

ornery

January 12th, 2010
9:49 pm

Personally I believe a 5 year classification would be appropriate, with only those schools (and really there aren’t that many) schools that are added. And with new schools needing time to readjust, going five years would allow them to develop classes, traditions etc. Now if there is a school with a significant size change (more than 25%) they can be shifted without the whole process.

Ted Striker

January 12th, 2010
10:16 pm

Move Buford to 5A! 320lbs linemen are obsured in 2A!

BehindEnemyLines

January 13th, 2010
12:01 am

Amazing though it might be, they got this one right. The four year cycle was absurd when it was first proposed & happily they managed to figure that out in time.

Old Blue

January 13th, 2010
6:11 am

Swearngin speaks like a true doctorate in education, re-stating the obvious and calling it a well-researched decision.

Oven

January 13th, 2010
7:12 am

You mean they can count to two? Bunch of dummies that are self promoters.

Glad I am done with Ga High Sports asses

G'Vegas Dawg

January 13th, 2010
8:34 am

And we wonder why there are so many high school volations that go unnoticed. The GHSA is full of retired coaches that have no administrative experience and are doing nothing but milking the system for a paycheck. It is amazing how much illegal recruiting goes on throughout our high schools in this state. Boosters provide housing, jobs, cars, etc. to families just in order to gain their son or daughters services for 3-4 years. This is becoming more and more of a problem and it is swept under the carpet daily. What a shame!!!!!!!

aps

January 13th, 2010
9:04 am

G’Vegas Dawg. Large words. Show us some proof or STFU.

john

January 13th, 2010
11:09 am

C’mon aps. You’ve never heard of Buford? It is a coincidence that all these top quality athletes just happen to move to Buford? You can deny it all you want but facts is facts.

Brad

January 13th, 2010
3:00 pm

The GHSA is nothing short of the mafia…they rule over high school athletics like a monarch. They take half the dang gate at playoff games…and for what?… Crappy officials and to pay their ridiculus salaries. They don’t do one darn thing to promote the athletes in this state. They don’t do one thing to help the coaches of this state. But they sure will fine coaches and schools who dare to speak up about the horrible state of officiating and administration in the GHSA. Then they hide all these fines behind “sportsmanship”. They allow private schools to operate with completely diferent rules (read: NO RULES at all) and let them compete against public schools. The GHSA is a complete joke and disaster.

beenthere

January 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

Anybody that wants to see incompetance in action just look at the State Basketball Tournament…

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That Guy

January 14th, 2010
4:03 pm

Aps,

You are a moron and need to STFU. The same stuff happened at my kid’s HS. It happens everywhere.

Stuart

January 18th, 2010
1:45 am

GHSA and logic are not a good mix. Maybe its the air in Thomaston.