Expect GHSA to tweak Class A points system

Expect some adjustments in the rules for selecting and seeding Class A playoff teams next week at the Georgia High School Association’s executive committee meeting.

The GHSA has used a power-rating points system to pick and seed 16 public and 16 private teams in state tournament sports such as football and basketball. The system essentially awards 10 points for wins, one point for every win by an opponent and bonus points for playing teams in higher classifications.

The biggest complaint has been those bonus points. Playing a Class AAAAA opponent that goes 10-0 is worth 18 points, even if the Class A teams loses 40-0.

‘’We’re looking at ways to tweak the actual number where you get most of your points by beating people,’’ GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said.

Swearngin said he didn’t expect major changes in the middle of a two-year reclassification.

“Let it run its course,’’ Swearngin said. “If this is what determines the playoffs the first year, keep in the same. I don’t think any changes would be dramatic.’’

Other issues on the agenda of the GHSA’s meetings, which are Sunday and Monday in Macon, include:

- Alexander has proposed that the state basketball tournament be seeded based on computer rankings. The 32 playoff qualifiers in each class (the top four from each region) would remain the same. Computer rankings would seed them 1-32.

- Lovett has proposed applying a multiplier to students who don’t live in the school district or service area when classifying schools. That could mean higher classifications beginning in 2014 for private, charter, magnet, city and open-enrollment schools.

- Habersham Central has proposed going from the current six to three classifications for the regular season and back to six for the playoffs. The ‘’three classes/six championships’’ plan, which resembles what South Carolina does, would allow an isolated AAAAAA school such as Habersham Central to play regular-season contests against closer AAAAA schools. Currently, Habersham, which is just miles from South Carolina, plays in a region with metro Atlanta teams.

- The GHSA will re-consider a proposal to allow its members to schedule contests against members of the Georgia Independent School Association. A similar plan was rejected last year. Some GHSA schools want to schedule GISA opponents to save on travel, but other, more isolated GHSA members fear that will make it harder for them to schedule games.

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Know it all

April 12th, 2013
11:36 am

What about County School Systems that accept (and charge tuition) to out of district students? Will their enrollments be multiplied?


April 12th, 2013
12:31 pm

What about making the classifications by county population rather than school size so that rural districts are not penalized by all the recruiting being done by public and private schools? Buford would be whatever classification their county falls into; etc. It is not the fault of rural schools that many large counties choose to build small schools so that they can dominate in athletics. This is the only way to truly have a fair system.

Todd Holcomb

April 12th, 2013
2:09 pm

To Know it all – Yes, any school that gets students from outside its district is subject to the planned multiplier. I don’t expect this plan to be passed, but the fact that it is being debated suggests it has enough support to be viable at some point.

Todd Holcomb

April 12th, 2013
2:12 pm

Plato – I don’t know what you mean when you say large counties build small schools to dominate in athletics. Except for city schools (Buford, Decatur), metro ATL schools are large. Many larger counties that don’t have big schools (Bibb, Muscogee, Chatham, Columbia) do not dominate in sports.


April 12th, 2013
2:24 pm

GHSA should have looked at the Ohio plan where AA played AAAAA schools all the time for years because of the schools being close. They also awarded computer points for winning. It worked for years and now due to declining enrollment in some places they looked at another plan. Georgia’s regions work reasonably well for now but I see the travel issue with gas prices for the non metro teams. But leave it to GHSA to reward a team for losing. Don’t you recall when the Colleges had to D-1 schools play 1AA schools the 1AA didn’t get credit for losing by 1 point or 40 so why should the high schools. Do these GHSA officals DRINK during these meetings? Why not give every school a trophey for playing like they do in church leagues and junk the playoffs


April 12th, 2013
2:32 pm

I hearing Dunwoody is getting ready to break away when that happens they will probably be AA or AAA. Decatur and Buford are older school sytems that you Plato. Unless you are the original Plato.


April 12th, 2013
4:35 pm

What about counties like Dekalb that let their kids transfer to any county school they wish. That’s why you have the same few schools good at football (Tucker, Stephenson, MLK) and basketball (Columbia, Miller Grove) each year. The kids know where they will get the most college attention and preparation.

Emmett Milledge

April 14th, 2013
1:41 am

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