New Basketball, Music Classifications Set
Football district assignments for the next classification cycle were released Saturday by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), however, an oversight involving the football cooperative between the Van-Far and Community R-VI school districts has brought the process back under scrutiny.
The pact between the schools was recently approved by the MSHSAA Board of Directors. Van-Far Athletic Director Holly Jungers said the information had been submitted, but she became aware of the problem when districts were released over the weekend.
Jason West, MSHSAA Communications Director, explained that while the coop was approved, Van-Far hadn’t made note of it on their registration for the next season and that no paperwork had been submitted by Community R-VI.
The oversight went unnoticed by the governing body when setting districts for the new cycle and Van-Far was misclassified as a Class 1 team.
West told the Trib on Monday that he had only learned of the error that morning while attending an event for school athletic directors. He noted the the announcement of district teams would likely be delayed.
West explained that with the Van-Far/Community enrollment at a combined 299, a team from the western part of the state would drop to Class 1 and up to six districts would be forced to realign. The new districts will be released in the near future.
Bowling Green was the only stand-alone football program from the area to change class in the new cycle, dropping from Class 3 to Class 2. The move is based on current enrollment falling just one student below the maximum 423 high school students for Class 3.
Other changes in the region include: North Callaway dropping from Class 3 to Class 2 while Centralia and Macon moving up from Class 2 to Class 3 in the new cycle.
The new cycle also changes the current four-team district to an eight-team district. Teams will schedule nine regular season games prior to district play. The tenth week of the season will now begin an eight team basketball style single elimination district tournament.
Seedings will be determined by a point system based on team record and strength of schedule. Tie breakers will be awarded through coaches meetings.
The 11th and 12th games will be the district semifinal and final prior to a four-round state tournament culminating with the Show-Me Bowl at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.
The first-allowable practice date for 2012 will be on Monday, Aug. 6. The preseason interscholastic scrimmages will take place Aug. 17-18, and the first-possible contest date will be Friday, Aug. 24.
A new formula for classification was also released by MSHSAA for basketball and music.
Beginning with the 2012-13 and 2013-14 two-year classification cycle MSHSAA will no longer use the ‘Standard Enrollment Breaks’ to determine classification breaks for the two activities. Previously, all MSHSAA member schools were used to determine the classification breaks for both. This included schools that were not registered to participate in music activities or in the basketball playoffs. This change now addresses only those member schools that register to participate in the postseason competition for both activities.
Based upon the schools registered for basketball districts for the 2011-12 school year the classifications have been set for the next two-year cycle (2012-13 and 2013-14) with Bowling Green classified as Class 3 (422), Clopton as Class 2 (164), Elsberry as Class 2 (215), Louisiana as Class 2 (201), Silex as Class 2 (133) and Van-Far as Class 2 (191).
Basketball district assignments will be announced on Friday, September 21, 2012; while District music assignments will be released on Friday, December 7, 2012.