WINSTON COUNTY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association's Central Board has approved class realignments for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 school years.
Addison High School has dropped to Class 1A and will be in Region 8 for football, along with Meek, Phillips, Hackleburg, R.A. Hubbard, Vina, Waterloo, Shoals Christian and Cherokee.
Lynn High School will remain in Region 5, with many of the same opponents, including Berry, Brilliant, Marion County, Hubbertville, Pickens County and South Lamar. They will also pick up Holy Spirit Catholic and Sumiton Christian as region opponents.
Winston County High School will remain in Class 2A, but will be playing a couple of new opponents based on the new alignment - Greene County and Tuscaloosa Academy. Their remaining Region 5 opponents will be Aliceville, Cold Springs, Lamar County and Sulligent.
Haleyville High School remains under the 4A Classification, and will retain Curry, Hamilton, Northside and Oak Grove as region opponents, while picking up Cordova, Dora and Corner.
In accordance with the AHSAA constitution and by-laws, the AHSAA Central Board of Control manages championship play and classification. Member schools are reclassified every two years. The high schools are currently divided into seven classifications (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) for competition in championship programs.
Classification is based on Average Daily Membership (ADM) figures furnished by the State Department of Education for public schools for grades 9 through 11 plus eighth-grade hold-back students. Member private schools report that same data directly to the AHSAA. An index of 1.35 is used to determine the enrollment figure for classifying private school members. Each private school student counts 1.35 for classification purposes. A competitive balance success factor is also applied to private school sports teams which affects approximately 10% of private school teams.
Reclassification, according to the AHSAA Constitution and By-Laws, is conducted every two years by the AHSAA Central Board of Control.
“More than 190,000 student-athletes are expected to participate in AHSAA sports activities during the upcoming classification period,” Central Board President Van Phillips, principal at Center Point High School, said.
The 2022-23 and 2023-24 football alignment places the 32 largest high schools in Class 7A and 57 in Class 6A, 56 in Class 5A, 62 in Class 4A, 60 in Class 3A, 60 in Class 2A, and 62 in Class 1A.
“I want to thank the Classification Task Force, Central Board and AHSAA staff for their dedicated effort and time put in and the recommendations they made,” AHSAA Executive Director Alvin Briggs said. “As always, it was a difficult job, but everyone worked together to find the best solution as we move forward.”
Phillips said he also wanted to thank the Classification Task Force and member schools for their input and patience throughout the reclassification process. “These recommendations came after many hours of study and discussion. Everyone involved gave of their valuable time to evaluate our classification system thoroughly and provided valuable input in ways to improve that system,” he said. “On behalf of the Central Board of Control and our member schools, I want to thank Mr. Briggs and his staff for their hard work. I also want to thank our Central Board for their commitment and dedication to providing a first-class athletic program to all our student-athletes, and for making decisions that are best for all of our member schools.”
The reclassification alignment data for each sport and the private school competitive balance chart can be found at the following link located at www.ahsaa.com. Reclassification by enrollment data is located on the home page of www.ahsaa.com.
See complete story in the Northwest Alabamian.