CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - High-school basketball teams in West Virginia are being divided into four classes instead of three, creating larger and longer state tournaments for at least the next two years.
News outlets report that the West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to accept a Secondary School Activities Commission pilot program. It will go into effect during the 2020-2021 school year.
The program uses a formula to group schools. Classifications will be determined 70 percent by school enrollment and 30 percent by location and socioeconomic status.
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that supporters think the change could create more parity for rural schools. Opponents argue that it could unfairly affect specific counties.
The program adds eight teams to the state basketball tournaments and an extra day for both boys' and girls' teams at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
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