LEXINGTON – The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board of Control addressed a lengthy agenda during its regularly scheduled meeting at the KHSAA Offices on Thursday, approving a slight “midcourse” adjustment to the football alignment as required by the competition rules and future football playoff bracket formats, finalizing a baseball pitch count, and settling on the number of regional qualifiers for the state swimming and diving meet for 2016.
Per the football competition rules, a “midcourse” adjustment is to be made in the second year of a four-year alignment. In order to be considered for adjustment, the four-year average enrollment (including 2015-16 data) would have to be within the boundaries of another class, and the school shall have had at least a 10 percent change in four-year average enrollment during the two-year period.
Upon review of the data, only two schools fit the criteria to be placed into a different class, and the Board unanimously approved the movement of Moore High School to Class 4A, District 3 and South Warren High School to Class 5A, District 2 beginning with the 2017 season. In addition, the Board approved the placement of the new Fayette County High School in Class 6A, District 7 and Floyd Central High School in Class 3A, District 6 effective with the 2017 playing season.
The Board also reviewed the current structure of the football playoffs, eventually electing to continue cross bracketing playoff games in the first round (versus playing intra-district beginning in round 1) for classes 2A through 6A through the 2018 season. The Association will survey administrators of the Class 1A schools to determine their preference for cross bracketing in the playoffs due to extreme travel concerns that have been expressed.
Starting next season (2016), the pairings in Class 5A will be alternated, as they have been in Class 6A, with the pairings developed to ensure that when the same teams meet as number 1 seeds in consecutive years in rounds 3 or 4, the home/host team is not the same both years. The pairings in Class 2A, 3A and 4A will continue as historically done, with Region 1 paired with 2, 3 paired with 4, 5 paired with 6 and 7 paired with 8 for 2016. A decision on the pairing format for 2A, 3A and 4A for 2017 and 2018 will be determined prior to the May Board meeting.