GHSA reclassification ( South Georgia Edition)

While so many of our football teams prepare to play in the first round of the GHSA playoffs, the Georgia High School Association has released projected numbers for the upcoming reclassification and the creation of 7 classifications.

While the AJC did an awesome job of explaining this, their article primarily focused on the Metro Atlanta area.

The proposal:

7 classifications:

AAAAAAA: Super 44: With a projected cut at 2000 students or better in 9-11 grade. Valdosta would be the smallest school in the Super 44 with 2006 students. Region stalwarts Colquitt(2441), Camden(2489), Tift (2179), and Lowndes (2942) would continue to play in Region 1. This depends on the cut off being at 2k students.

AAAAAA: Lee would more that likely play where classified, but could petition to play “up” with the Super 44. Lee has 1874 students in the FTE scope. They would be the largest school in AAAAAA in our area, and could be placed in a larger sub divided region with Houston, Northside (Warner Robins), and Coffee. These schools fall within the 100-mile limit for school night activities. Other notable schools: Glynn Academy (1868). and Brunswick at 1760.

AAAAA: Region 1-AAAA Winner Bainbridge (1487) would move to AAAAA . Ware (1561), Warner Robins (1548), Veterans (1500), Thomas Co. Central (1474) and Wayne (1474) are also projected in this classification.

AAAA: Perry (1321), Americus-Sumter (1307) Westover (1262), Cairo (1187),Crisp (1101), Monroe (1069) could possible frame a region in this class.

AAA: Peach County (985) is the highest AAA school in our area, with Dougherty (950), Worth (908), Cook (901), Berrien (867), Albany (837) Fitzgerald (829), and Thomasville (761)*. Thomasville enrolls more than 3% of their students from outside their district, and could be forced to play AAAA sports due to the new rules. 30 of their students (3.9%) do not live in their district.

AA: Bacon County has 570 students. Brooks (521), Telfair (493), Charlton (461), Irwin (456), and Seminole with (452) would be in double if the cuts remain at 450 as projected.

A: Pelham has 436 students, Marion County(432), Lanier (400), Terrell (396), Dooly (389), Hawkinsville (389), Turner (383), Clinch (358), Randolph-Clay (312), and Wilcox (310). Echols has 229 students but does not field a football team. There will continue to be a public/private split for playoffs in the sports which use one now. Power rankings will determine seeding.

The proposed regions will come out on Dec. 1st, with final appeals and a vote on reclassification occur in January.



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