Competitive Balance Changes Spring Reclassification for High Schools | Sports

The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board, a day after voting to postpone regional play in spring sports, voted on new classification rosters Tuesday morning.

The new rosters, which rank the programs for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, relate to seven different spring sports. (Some, like men’s and women’s tennis, are ranked together.)

Three of the five Capital Conference schools will have their spring athletic programs affected in some way by the Competitive Balance Factor, a success-based formula that elevates schools in the classification based on their previous success in the sport.

Montgomery Academy, a 2A program based on initial enrollment (187), will be a 3A program based on the 1.35 multiplier added to all private schools in 1999, but will only compete in this classification in seven of the 12 sports that rank school programs by the competitive balance factor.

The Eagles will be 4A in football, 5A in volleyball, 6A in boys and girls football and 7A in boys and girls tennis. The outdoor track program will remain elevated at 4A under Competitive Balance guidelines.

Catholic has voluntarily upped his entry to change his ranking to 4A, where he will compete in all sports except cross country, where he remains high at 5A. Had the Knights remained a 3A program, they would have been elevated to 4A in football, inside track and outside track.

Trinity, a 2A program based on initial enrollment (193) before the private school multiplier raised it to a 3A program, moved three spring sports to 4A through Competitive Balance – baseball, football for boys and girls and golf for girls – while tennis will continue to remain high at 6A.

In total, Competitive Balance Factor propelled 46 private school programs in seven spring sports (baseball, softball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ tennis, boys’ golf, girls’ golf and outdoor track) to a ranking higher while 15 remain high according to CBF guidelines. Only one program (UMS-Wright tennis) fell in the rankings for not meeting the threshold to stay high.

AHSAA officials reclassified schools based on fall (soccer, volleyball and cross-country), winter (basketball and indoor track), and spring seasons, so fans knew already in which classification the public schools would compete according to the evolution of registrations. The relocation of private schools on the basis of competitive balance, however, has resulted in some changes in zone alignments.

The central board met on Monday and voted to postpone regional play in baseball, softball and football until more research and data can be studied. The organization initially said it planned to move from smaller areas to larger regions from 2022-23, but reconsidered.

This might have been a wise move after observing the different zone lineups used for the same baseball and softball teams. In 6A baseball, for example, Carver, Lanier, Stanhope Elmore and Wetumpka are in Zone 3 while Benjamin Russell, Park Crossing, Pike Road and Russell County are in Zone 4.

In softball, however, the same teams are scattered across three different areas stretching from the Georgia state line all the way south to Birmingham.

Park Crossing, Pike Road and Russell County are in Zone 3, Benjamin Russell, Lanier and Wetumpka are in Zone 4 and Calera, Carver, Chilton County and Stanhope Elmore are in Zone 5, a difficult separation to understand teams which is reproduced in class 5A.

Brew Tech, Elmore County and Tallassee will play baseball in Zone 4, while the Zone 4 softball roster includes Brew Tech, Charles Henderson, Greenville and Holtville.

Holtville, Jemison and Marbury will play baseball in Zone 7, while Marbury will line up with Demopolis and Selma in Zone 6 and Tallassee and Elmore County will be joined by Beauregard and Valley in Zone 5.

In 7A, zone rosters are similar for all sports, with Robert E. Lee joining Zone 3 which already included Prattville, Dothan, Enterprise and Jeff Davis.

In 7A tennis, Section 2 now includes Montgomery Academy, which will join Auburn, Central-Phenix City, Dothan, Enterprise, Opelika, Prattville and Smiths Station.

In 6A football, Montgomery Academy will now join Zone 4 which includes Pike Road and Russell County in women’s football and those three teams with Park Crossing in men’s football.

In 4A, Zone 4 softball includes Booker T. Washington, Bullock County, LAMP, and Catholic, while Zone 4 baseball includes those four teams plus Trinity.

In 4A soccer, LAMP, Catholic, BTW Magnet and Trinity soccer will be joined in Zone 2 by Dale County for women’s soccer and Dale County and Andalucia for men’s soccer.

In 3A, the zones vary based on the elevation of Trinity in baseball and Prattville Christian in softball. In baseball, Alabama Christian is joined by PCA, St. James and Montgomery Academy in Zone 6 baseball, while ACA, St. James and Montgomery Academy are joined by Trinity in Zone 6 softball.

In 1A-3A Women’s Soccer, ACA, Pike Liberal Arts and St. James are in Zone 3, while Autaugaville, Holy Spirit, Prattville Christian and Tuscaloosa Academy are in Zone 4. Goshen and Pike Road join the group from zone 3 for boys. football, while Southside-Selma joins the Zone 4 boys’ teams.

CAPITAL CONFERENCE

RANKING IN 2022-24

CHRISTIAN ALABAMA

Registration — 167 (2A)

With multiplier 1.35 — 3A

Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Indoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Outdoor Track, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys & Girls Tennis

CATHOLIC

Registration — 226 (3A)

With multiplier 1.35 — 4A

Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Indoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Outdoor Track, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys & Girls Tennis

Class 5A – cross country

MONTGOMERY ACADEMY

Registration — 187 (2A)

With multiplier 1.35 — 3A

Cross Country, Basketball, Indoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Boys Golf, Girls Golf,

Class 4A — soccer, outdoor track

Class 5A — volleyball

Class 6A — soccer for boys and girls

Class 7A — boys’ and girls’ tennis

ST. JAMES

Registration — 195 (2A)

With multiplier 1.35 — 3A

Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Indoor Track, Baseball, Softball, Boys & Girls Soccer, Outdoor Track, Boys Golf, Girls Golf, Boys & Girls Tennis

Class 6A — volleyball

TRINITY

Registration — 193 (2A)

With multiplier 1.35 — 3A

Football, Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Indoor Track, Softball, Outdoor Track, Boys Golf

Class 4A — baseball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ golf

Class 6A — boys’ and girls’ tennis