VHSL explores re-alignment

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The VHSL is exploring re-alignment that would change the way high school sports in the state conduct their postseason.

The VHSL's re-alignment and re-classification committee is working on a proposal to present to the organization's executive committee that would split the schools in the state into six equal classes, based on enrollment.

Districts could remain the same, but district champions would not earn any sort of automatic berth into the playoffs.  Instead, teams would compete in a conference or sectional playoff, similar to the way Group A currently does its football postseason, according to Cosby athletic director Ted Salmon, who has kept a close eye on the re-alignment talks since they began.  Each class would be made up of two regions, so sectional winners would move on to regional playoffs, with the top two teams from each region advancing to states.

Dividing the schools into classes would put about 52 schools in each grouping.  Opponents of the re-alignment are concerned about travel and financial changes based on the plan.  However others are excited about the chance for many more teams to reach the postseason.

This proposal applies to all sports and could not take effect until the 2013-2014 school year at the earliest.  As of now, there has been no proposal brought before the VHSL Executive Committee for a decision, but Salmon hopes that happens by the fall so administrators will have plenty of time to plan for the changes.  Right now, Salmon says athletic directors and activities coordinators want to see the final proposed plan and all that's involved.

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