Switch To Five Classes Proposed By SCHSL

SCHSL Switching To Five Classes

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina High School League released their proposal for reclassification on Monday afternoon that would start in the 2016-17 school year. The biggest change is that the league will be moving from a four class system to five classes with several Lowcountry schools finding themselves with new region rivals.

The new Class 5-A will feature eight teams from the area, all placed in Region VII. Despite those schools now having to play 7 region games each season SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton told Live 5 Sports on Monday that there has been no discussion on whether to alter the 11 game schedule for the biggest schools in the state.

Classes are based on school enrollment numbers with the largest schools playing in 5-A, the next largest in 4-A and so forth.

Coaches and Athletic Directors Live 5 Sports spoke to on Monday indicated that the plan is to move away from multiple divisions from the classes for the football playoffs. There would only be 1 state champion per class. Singleton said there has been no discussion on their end regarding that.

Among the other big changes, Berkeley and Stall will move from 3-A to 4-A next season while both Bishop England and Timberland will go from 2-A to 3-A. Burke will also move up a level from 1-A to 2-A.

Schools can appeal this decision by September 17th based on assigned classification and/or assigned region.

Class 5-A

Region VII

Ashley Ridge

Fort Dorchester

Goose Creek

James Island

Stratford

Summerville

Wando

West Ashley

Class 4-A

Region VIII

Beaufort

Berkeley

Cane Bay

Colleton Co.

Hilton Head Island

Stall

Class 3-A

Region VII

Bishop England

Georgetown

Hanahan

Lake Marion

Manning

Timberland

Class 2-A

Region VI

Academic Magnet

Burke

Garrett

North Charleston

Whale Branch

Woodland

Class 1-A

Region IV

Baptist Hill

Charleston Charter

Lincoln

Military Magnet

St. John's

Region V

Bethune-Bowman

Branchville

CE Murray

Cross

Scott's Branch