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.
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