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.