PARKERSBURG, W.VA (WTAP)-The governing body of high school athletics has approved an experiment that could one day permanently change the face of competition in West Virginia high school athletics.
The number of classes in basketball will be expanded from 3 to 4, and the method of determining the way schools are assigned to classes will be changed as well.
The SSAC Board of Control passed the proposal for expansion on a two-year trial basis. The board is made up of high school principals and athletic directors.
The trial is slated to begin in the 2020-21 academic school year, pending approval by the WV State Board of Education.
The classes will be A, AA, AAA, and AAAA.
Under the current system, class de\termination is based on enrollment only. Under the trial system, classes will be determined by economic factors, urban and rural locations, as well as enrollment sizes.
Some urban Class A schools are expected to move up to Class AA, while some Class AA schools in rural areas will move down to the small school division.
The process of determining the make up of the 4 classes will begin next October.
Bernie Dolan, the Executive Director of the SSAC told WTAP Sports "The objective is to make each class more competitive within the class itself. And basically recognizing what are some of the elements that make people equal and unequal. And basically it's not just enrollment that does that."
After the 2 year experiment, the S.S.A.C. will review how well the trial worked and decide whether to keep it, scrap it, or expand the re-classification to other sports as well.