GHSA schedules vote for Reclassification for May 10

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The Georgia High School Association has called a special meeting for Executive Committee on May 10.

The primary purpose is to vote on the “4/8 plan” for reclassification of the GHSA’s 422 members schools for athletic competition.

If the proposal is passed by the 50-member committee, the new format will take effect in the fall of 2012.

Under the proposal, the state’s existing five classifications would be reduced to four, and there would be two state championships per class for an overall total of eight.

The idea behind the “4/8 plan” is to allow member schools to play teams closer in proximity during the regular season and closer in student enrollment during the playoffs. For example, Class AAAA may have 100 schools in it, with 50 largest and smallest split up for the playoffs to compete for Div. I and II state championships in each sport.

The “4/8 plan” beat out a few other ideas with the Reclassification Committee in late March. However, at the next day’s meeting of the Executive Committee, there was a motion to table or delay the vote that was quickly approved. It was a minor victory for proponents of the “4/8 plan” because it would’ve likely have lost the majority vote at that time — not necessarily because of the idea, but rather because the Reclassification Committee had done a poor job of communicating the specifics of it to GHSA schools. Since then, details have been sent to school officials around the state to examine.

If I had a vote: I would vote “yes” in favor of  “4/8 plan.” In my opinion, there are far more positives to it than negatives, especially when compared to the current system. Too many reasons too mention. However, I still think it will have a tough time passing simply because it would be a big change. A good change (in my opinion), but a big change. And the idea of change can be a scary for high school administrators that have operated under the same guidelines since the 2000 season.

Now it’s YOUR turn: What’s YOUR opinion and why? Please post below.

29 comments Add your comment


April 28th, 2011
6:57 am

Coffee Trojan Fan

April 28th, 2011
8:39 am

Go for it. Can’t be as bad as we have now.


April 28th, 2011
8:42 am

with gas ($4) and everything sky high….vote yes.


April 28th, 2011
9:27 am

I think the 4/8 plan waters down the State Championship too much. I don’t like the idea of 2 state champs per class, especially if the division champs in each class don’t play each other at the end of the year for ultimate honors. I’d rather see the committee expand to 6 classifications, with only 1 state champion in each class.


April 28th, 2011
9:31 am

great!now we can all argue who the real state champ is in all 4 classifications.


April 28th, 2011
9:38 am

Start by making teams play where they belong none of the Savannah schools playing up!

cat doc

April 28th, 2011
10:02 am

I would like to see this in place. Play teams closer to home. More kids get to go to the Dome. Get those private schools out.

Oasis in the Styx

April 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

Of course the GHSA comes out with some nonsense like this after the very first year South Georgia sends only 3 of 10 teams to the GA Dome. I do not support any reclassification proposal that punishes Metro Atlanta schools for serving a majority of the state’s population. There is no excuse for placing some schools in a 12 team region when other schools fall into a two team region; regardless of whether or not the 12 team region gets 6 playoff spots. South Georgia has essentially guaranteed itself 50% of the playoff spots (and playoff revenue) in this model.


April 28th, 2011
2:32 pm

Can you publish a list of how teams would be grouped both by region and by classification (and don’t just confine it to metro Atlanta teams) if the 4/8 plan is adopted? I know this won’t be final since school enrollment numbers will change by next fall but it gives us some idea of what we are talking about.

john norris

April 28th, 2011
4:52 pm

Isay go For it it will help us ge rid of buford an calhoun

Bleed red

April 28th, 2011
10:41 pm

They need to change classifacations 6 sole school with 1900 has to compet with schools like PT,Ng, macechren , camden that have3200 something has to be done . They need to be addressing subbstace use maybe having a state wide drug test wood be more fair for every school .lot more teams and kids are taking hgh and anabolic strioids than u think and the coaches no and push kids to get bigger that’s the cold hard truth


April 29th, 2011
6:44 am

I do not like the 4/8 plan as it absolutely waters down the championships for each classification – if a split structure was so desirable then a 3/6 split would be far better.

One change I absolutely approve is making the number of playoff spots proportional to the number of teams in a region/tier. It has been grossly unfair that some regions with 6-8 teams were getting the same 4 playoff spots that regions with 12-14 teams received. Other media outlets are reporting that small groupings of teams will cede playoff spots to larger groups – which is long overdue.

ACC12-SEC12 Booster

April 29th, 2011
7:16 am

I was originally very much sold exclusively on expanding to six classifications, but the 4/8 plan sounds very intriguing and has me very interested in the possibilities. I very much like the idea of schools getting to play teams closer in proximity during the regular season and closer in student enrollment during the playoffs that would happen under the 4/8 plan. Sounds like the 4/8 plan would also open up the possibility of letting schools in closer proximity to each other possibly join together to form named geographical conferences on their own instead of being forced by the GHSA into numbered regions that often change on a dime every two years and include schools over a much larger geographical area than region members are often comfortable with. Also seems like that by encouraging schools to play teams that are closer in proximity the 4/8 plan would help schools to form more meaningful long-term rivaries, something that GHSA football now lacks sometimes because of the two-year frequency with which schools are often reclassified time and again.

What really intrigues me though is that 16 schools will have the opportunity to play in the Dome for a state title, which means MORE playoff games in football and basketball, which is a definite plus for pigskin fanatics and hoops junkies because as we all know, YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL!!!!! Though with the 4/8 plan, it seems kinda like a back door way to have eight classifications instead of just four like it states on the surface (4 regular season classifications/8 postseason classifications), but the more I think about it, the more I really like it! Now if only we could adopt college rules in football and get rid of that darned running clock at the end of lopsided games and institute a 35-second shot clock in basketball, we’d be all set to truly modernize Georgia high school sports.


April 29th, 2011
11:20 am

This is plan only helps the south georgia teams and only in basketball! in one model it appears as thou you have placed all the Dekalb county teams in one Class and One region! I understand you want them to kill each other off so the south teams will have a chance at state titles, but there are so many other issues ghsa should consider fixing than that. 4/8 is a plan hatched by the south schools to have a better chance at competting for more state championships.

High school fan

April 29th, 2011
12:38 pm

Why not call it what it is. Its 8 classifications. Only game played against teams in the same tier will count toward playoff elegibility. So the only games that matter are games the in your tier. Each region dicides how they will select its state reps. If a tier only has 2 teams and 1 slot they will only play one game that matters. The only classification that need this type of system was 5A. I do like that it moved the Savannah shool out of 5A so they could play schools there own size. My school only has 880 students and has been playing against Camden every year, that crazy.

High school fan

April 29th, 2011
12:40 pm

Sorry for the typing errors. In a hurry.


April 29th, 2011
2:26 pm

High school fan, Do we know that it takes the Savannah schools out of the highest classification? I mean if the idea is to save gas, who will Camden play? We need more details of if their going to let teams play up and, what the classification student enrollment min. and max. are for each classifications and divisions.I havent seen enough details on what the acctual plan is, and who will be in what classifications and what divisions. If anyone knows this please post it.


April 29th, 2011
2:40 pm

Lowndes96 …… Good post. My questions exactly.


April 29th, 2011
11:09 pm

Hell lets just give everybody a state title. How are you considered a state champ when you only have to win it out of a pool of about 50 schools. The GHSA is not going to make everybody happy but they can’t come up with something better than 8 state champs. I graduated in 1996 when we had four classes with four state champs. I know there are alot more H.S. than when I was playing but there has not been that much growth from 1996 when we had 4 state champs to now where we need 8.

Bleed red

April 30th, 2011
1:34 pm

Look this means more $for ghsa 8 championship games and all the good teams is going to travel to play good teams anyway. So don’t change any thing it’s for the$ don’t be fooled by the poor county thing with no money Cherokee is thinking of adding a fuel charge of 50.00 a kid that would solve all the probes but wait ghsa wouldn’t make any money that way.????????????

Bleed red

April 30th, 2011
1:43 pm

What if a good team loses close games and get stuck in and B bracket or what if they lose own purpose. This this is a bad dill for high school sports bump up the class to a 6a like texas and Florida. Charge the fuel charge keep Ga sport the best ……………………………….


April 30th, 2011
5:33 pm

Why don’t we eliminate high school sports totally. Save money from coaching supplements, fuel, etc and save jobs for teachers. Why not pay to play and return sports to Rec Centers instead of schools?


April 30th, 2011
5:41 pm

I hope the vote passes ; because, it will help level the field…..against Atlanta…..!!!!!!!! other smaller cities that never match up well with metro teams will now have a chance to get in on some GLORY Plus I believe in some areas of the state it will cut travel expenses

Bleed red

May 1st, 2011
10:49 am

Yeah that sounds good rec ball then the drop out rate would triple cause everybody knows that most kids stay in school because of don’t pass don’t play rule.Water it done so the so the week teams can compete sounds like a donkey thing


May 1st, 2011
11:26 am

@JoeB how about thats the dumbest idea ive heard yet
And what we going to do to the million dollar gyms and football fields that are at the school stop using them smh


May 1st, 2011
2:38 pm

Camden Co High has only about 2600 students, Navy Base has been split between here and Washington with the subs. We have added Small Coast Guard battalion but mostly younger childless guys with them. No new influx of people in Camden but retirees without children. Lower schools Elem. and Middle have lost students this year. Unless some new industry or new personnel come to navy base our schools will stay same in students or even decrease over next few years.

Bleed red

May 1st, 2011
10:59 pm

Robert we have only 1948 in rolled in Cherokee so what’s fair about that. That’s 650 more students to have more talent to chose from.some but I don’t think the 4/8 is any good waters down the playing field.


May 2nd, 2011
1:14 pm

I think messing this up with 2 champs, etc. is a very bad idea. Right now, football fever hits us all around the end of July, but knowing your school won’t have to really get to compete until November will destroy many rivalries.

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9:40 am

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