Kansas Class 4A to be split into two divisions
By RON PRESTON
TOPEKA – Following the annual classification and determination of schools assigned to Class 4A, the half of the schools with the larger enrollments will be assigned to Division 1 and the half of the schools with the smaller enrollment will be assigned to Division 11. If Class 4A has an odd number of schools, Division 1 will be assigned one more school than Division 11.
“This will put in the upper division of Class 4A based on our enrollment and that generally means tough competition from the larger schools,” Abilene basketball coach Janelle Geist said.
“However there are schools for basketball sake with smaller enrollments, like Hesston, that is a powerhouse in basketball that may be assigned to Division 2 and will be in different playoff system than Abilene,” coach Geist said.
“Schools that are traditional rich in basketball are really spread out in 4A, so it will be interesting to see how the divisions are made as well as the location of the districts and the state tournaments,” Geist said.
“I would have liked for them to look at 6A and 5A first, but this will effect the district alignments, travel, etc.,” Abilene football Coach Jeff Geist commented.
“We are kind of on the outside looking in, so we’ll just have to wait to see what happens, “ coach Gesit concluded.
Since the origin of the proposal, KSHSAA staff has been working to identify host sites necessary to facilitate this new Class 4A format. The process is ongoing.
In accordance with the memo and ballet mailed April 30 the voting on Class 4A post-season competition in two separate enrollment divisions as provided by the Big Seven League has now been completed. Forty-two (42) schools voted in favor of two Class 4A divisions, twenty-two (22) schools voted in opposition.
Based on sixty-four (64) Class 4A member schools, the proposal needed 33 votes to pass. That requirement has been met and the proposal has been adopted. Accordingly, the change to Classification of Senior High Schools Rule 5, Section 2, Article 1, approved by the Board of Directors last April by a vote of 35-27, will become effective in the 2013-14 school year, in volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, and in football in 2014.
Adding the following exception will modify the Kansas State High School Activities Association Handbook:
Class 4A Exception: Class 4A schools shall compete in two separate divisions for postseason and KSHSAA state championship competition in the following activities, football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball.