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(Neb.)- NSAA To Consider Football Classification Changes

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 04/06/2017 10:02 PM
(Chadron)- If all goes as expected on Friday at the Nebraska Schools Activities Association Representatives Assembly, classification in football will be done under a new system.

Enrollment numbers used to determine which class each school is placed in will be based on the enrollment of boys in their three grade enrollment total, no longer a combined enrollment of both boys and girls.

Cut-off numbers have also been added to the equation.  Schools in Class A will have enrollments of 425 or greater, while Class B will consist of schools with enrollments of 160-424.  The Class C-1 range of enrollment will be 70-159, while those with an enrollment of 69 and lower will play in Class C-2.

Under the new guidelines, Class A is expected to grow from 28 schools to 31, while Class B will shrink from 32 down to 25.

Schools with enrollments of 47 and under will be divided evenly to make up Class D-1 and D-2, and will be able to participate in playoffs.  Any schools opting down to play 8-man football with an enrollment larger than 47 boys will be ineligible for playoffs.

Six-man football will once again be governed by the NSAA starting with the 2018 season.  Schools will enrollments of 27 boys or less will be eligible for the six man playoffs.

Also on Thursday the NSAA passed by a 5-3 vote to continue substate volleyball in Classes B, C-1, and C-2 instead of returning to the old system of six district winners and two wildcards.


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