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CASPER (AP) — The Wyoming High School Activities Association unanimously approved new cutlines for Class 2A and 1A football on Tuesday during its final board of directors meeting of the academic year.
And now, the WHSAA and the football schools that traditionally occupy the divid- ing line must wait for the numbers to reveal how it will all shake out. But the change, which will take effect in 2014, only sets a structure.
“These cutlines … those schools may or may not change,” commissioner Ron Laird said in comments to the board.
The proposal, submitted by Pine Bluffs and Sundance, keeps the breaks the same for Class 4A (top 10 schools, based on average daily membership numbers) and Class 3A (the next 12), but adjusts the lines for Class 2A (the next 14) and officially sets a break between Class 1A/11-man (the next 14 schools after 2A) and Class 1A/6-man (the rest).
While example used current ADM numbers to illustrate which schools could slot where, the WHSAA won’t see new ADM numbers until August, Laird said.
Under current ADM numbers, Moorcroft and Tongue River would move down to 1A.
Schools will still retain the option to peti- tion the WHSAA to opt up or down a classi- fication (Laird said Cokeville will most certainly request to opt up if classified six-man) and the change doesn’t account for programs, that through attrition or injury, are forced to forfeit some or all of a season.
Under the old breakdown, Class 1A schools were allowed the option to choose the 11-man or six-man classification, which was designed to help grow the six-man game in small schools. But that led to three current 11-man schools — NSI Academy, Saratoga and Wyoming Indian — joining six-man for the upcoming 2013 season.
By setting a cutline at Class 1A and readjusting the line between 2A and 1A, the WHSAA is hoping to preserve a competitive balance for the state’s small schools.
“We’re hoping to save 11-man a little bit,” Laird said.
The association also passed on first reading a motion for a shortened basketball season, dropping the maximum number of games from 20 to 18. Volleyball would end a week later and hoops practices wouldn’t start until the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Both proposals are intended to reduce missed class time for students.