Posted: 7:57 pm Monday, November 22nd, 2010

FHSAA releases 2011-12 classifications for football, all sports 

By Post Staff

By Jeff Greer and Matt Porter
The Florida High School Athletic Association voted on Monday to create a Rural Division in Class 1A and increase the number of classifications for sanctioned team sports. Class-population ranges were also released, meaning we can now decipher which schools will compete in which classes.

Instead of Classes 1B and 1A in football, the FHSAA voted to change the classes to 1A Rural and 1A Urban classifications. The FHSAA release said tentative districts will be available online in December. Districts can be appealed, and everything must be fully approved by the FHSAA Board of Directors during its January 2011 meeting.

Here’s more from the release:

In baseball, basketball, softball and girls volleyball, the existing six-class structure was augmented by Class 7A and the rural classification. Boys and girls soccer added Class 7A for a total of six classifications, starting with 2A.

“When the FHSAA originally went up to six classifications in team sports in 1999, we had 517 member schools, with 480 of those playing team sports. Now that we have 670 member schools and 650 of those in team sports, the number of teams in individual districts is too large,” (FHSAA) Executive Director Roger Dearing said. “Moving to eight classifications allows for fewer teams in each district, which allows for more flexibility in scheduling for the season.”

Here are the new football classification numbers (by student population):

6A: 2,301-up
5A: 2,300-1,926
4A: 1,925-1,581
3A: 1,580-1,100
2A: 1,099-691
2B: 690-281
1A (urban): 280-47
1A (rural): 600-44

And the numbers for the other team sports (by student population):

Class 7A: 2,260-up
6A: 2,259-1,892
5A: 1,891-1,599
4A: 1,598-1,217
3A: 1,216-525
2A: 524-162 (soccer starts with 2A)
1A (urban): 161-18
1A (rural): 600-44

FOOTBALL ONLY

Here are the projected future classifications for each of the area football schools, according to the FHSAA’s new population-range numbers:

Projected Football Class 6A
Student population: 2,301-up
Boca Raton
Centennial
John I. Leonard
Jupiter
Palm Beach Central
Palm Beach Gardens
Park Vista
Seminole Ridge
Treasure Coast
Wellington

In: John I. Leonard, Wellington
Out: Atlantic

Projected Football Class 5A
Student population: 2,300-1,926
Atlantic
Dwyer
Fort Pierce Central
Lake Worth
Martin County
Port St. Lucie
Royal Palm Beach
Santaluces
Spanish River
West Boca Raton

In: Atlantic, Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central, Martin County
Out: John I. Leonard, Wellington

Projected Football Class 4A
Student population: 1,925-1,581
Forest Hill
Okeechobee
Olympic Heights
Palm Beach Lakes
South Fork

In: Olympic Heights
Out: Dwyer, Fort Pierce Central, Martin County, Okeechobee

Projected Football Class 3A
Student population: 1,580-1,100
Boynton Beach
Fort Pierce Westwood
Glades Central
Jensen Beach
Suncoast

In: Suncoast, Glades Central, Boynton Beach
Out: Olympic Heights

Projected Football Class 2A
Student population: 1,099-691
Clewiston
Inlet Grove

In: Clewiston, Inlet Grove
Out: Suncoast, Glades Central, Boynton Beach

Projected Football Class 2B
Student population: 690-281
American Heritage
Benjamin
Cardinal Newman
John Carroll
King’s Academy
Pahokee
Pope John Paul II
St. Andrew’s*

In: American Heritage, Benjamin, John Carroll, King’s Academy, Pope John Paull II, St. Andrew’s
Out: Clewiston, Inlet Grove
*Note: St. Andrew’s competes as an independent.

Projected Football Class 1A (urban)
Student population: 280-47
Berean Christian
Boca Raton Christian
Glades Day
Jupiter Christian
Summit Christian
Village Academy

In: Berean Christian, Boca Raton Christian, Glades Day, Jupiter Christian, Summit Christian, Village Academy
Out: American Heritage, Benjamin, John Carroll, King’s Academy, Pope John Paull II, St. Andrew’s

Note: No area schools will compete in the new Class 1A Rural Division

ALL OTHER SPORTS

And these are the projected classifications for all other area schools, according to the FHSAA’s new population-range numbers:

Projected Class 7A
Student population: 2,260-up
Boca Raton
Centennial
Dwyer
John I. Leonard
Jupiter
Palm Beach Central
Palm Beach Gardens
Park Vista
Santaluces
Seminole Ridge
Spanish River
Treasure Coast
Wellington

Projected Class 6A
Student population: 2,259-1,892
Atlantic
Fort Pierce Central
Lake Worth
Martin County
Olympic Heights
Palm Beach Lakes
Port St. Lucie
Royal Palm Beach
West Boca Raton

Projected Class 5A
Student population: 1,891-1,599
Forest Hill
Okeechobee
South Fork

Projected Class 4A
Student population: 1,598-1,217
Boynton Beach
Fort Pierce Westwood
Jensen Beach
Suncoast

Projected Class 3A
Student population: 1,216-525
Cardinal Newman
Clewiston
Glades Central
Inlet Grove
Lincoln Park
St. Andrew’s

Projected Class 2A
Student population: 524-162
American Heritage
Benjamin
Glades Day
John Carroll
Jupiter Christian
King’s Academy
Pahokee
Pope John Paul II
Summit Christian
Village Academy
Yeshiva

Projected Class 1A
Student population: 161-18; NOTE: Soccer classifications begin with Class 2A
Berean Christian
Boca Prep
Boca Raton Christian
Community Christian
Donna Klein
FAU High
Grandview Prep
Lake Worth Christian
Morningside Academy
Trinity Christian
Wellington Christian

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