Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Last month, several Central Region athletics/activities directors proposed the 8-6 plan, a proposal for expanding the current Central Region football playoff system. The region athletic directors had hoped to vote on that proposal at their meeting today, but that vote was put on hold.
The group will wait to vote on the proposed plan until the VHSL has more information on its ideas of re-districting and re-classifying, according to a Central Region athletic director source. Right now, there are three classifications (A, AA, AAA) with two divisions in each and the VHSL is exploring eliminating the divisions and going with six separate classifications (A-6A). The region athletic directors will wait to vote on the playoff expansion proposal until they have more information on the re-classification plans.
The re-classification could affect the Central Region in more than just a playoff sense. The VHSL's possible changes to classifications could find schools in the Central Region spread among four different classifications, based on enrollment, and see an end to the current system all together, eliminating regions in favor of a different system.
Playoff expansion became an even hotter topic this past November, when both Meadowbrook and Cosby missed the Central Region playoffs, despite having 9-1 records.
The Central Region athletic directors will meet again on February 29 and hope to have enough information at that time to move forward with a vote on the 8-6 plan if necessary. To learn more about the playoff proposal, click on the link below.