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If Section 1 football expands to six classes… | USA Today High School Sports



In this week’s Friday column, I wrote about why I believe the NYSPHSAA should adopt the proposal to expand to six classifications for high school football. You can read my reasoning here.

The state will reconvene its Championship Philosophy Committee at 10 a.m. on December 3 to discuss the future of high school football. The committee has been dormant, but it was integral in the past with determining guidelines for sports to be broken up into three, four or five classes. For example, NYSPHSAA executive director Robert Zayas told me Thursday that there are 431 football teams in his organization compared to more than 700 in boys basketball.

As you can read in the column, attempting to treat football differently is definitely an issue that needs to be addressed. Is it appropriate? And can the NYSPHSAA do it without having to face concerns from other sports (like basketball) that believe it is within their best interests to restructure as well?

The Championship Philosophy Committee — which includes one representative from each section, Zayas and a couple members of his staff, and will be chaired by NYSPHSAA vice president Jim Osborne — will give its recommendations to the executive committee, which will make the ultimate determination on the future of football in New York.

Just for fun, let’s look at what the new enrollment figures would be under the proposed six-class system and where Section 1 teams would fall.

It should be noted that a six-class system for football probably wouldn’t be installed until 2017 at the earliest and the numbers used below are BEDS numbers for the 2015-16 school year. The 2016-17 BEDS numbers won’t be released until January, so the numbers that would count probably won’t even be calculated until early 2017.

Current NYSPHSAA classifications for football, 2015-16

Class AA: 930 and up

Class A: 570-929

Class B: 365-569

Class C: 240-364

Class D: 239 and below

Proposed NYSPHSAA classifications for football

Class AAA: 1,100 and up

Class AA: 740-1,099

Class A: 455-739

Class B: 340-454

Class C: 225-339

Class D: 224 and below

Section 1, under proposed six-class system

Class AAA, 1,100 and up —

New Rochelle 2,580

Arlington 2,392

North Rockland 1,951

Mount Vernon 1,900

White Plains 1,574

John Jay-East Fishkill 1,543

Ketcham 1,417

Mahopac 1,157

Scarsdale 1,142

Mamaroneck 1,135

Suffern 1,125

Class AA, 740-1,099 —

Fox Lane 1,089

Carmel 1,083

Clarsktown North 1,050

Clarkstown South 1,042

Ramapo 1,038

Port Chester 1,021

Horace Greeley 995

Ossining 994

Yorktown 919

Spring Valley 915

Saunders 912

Lincoln 874

Yonkers 864

Brewster 861

John Jay 850

Tappan Zee 822

Somers 821

Harrison 810

Rye 763

Lakeland 746

Class A, 455-739 —

Gorton 717

Panas 702

Beacon 683

Riverside 678

Eastchester 677

Nyack 676

Peekskill 662

Byram Hills 660

Pelham 640

Sleepy Hollow 639

Roosevelt 610

Pearl River 590

Hen Hud 588

Our Lady of Lourdes 510

Nanuet 485

Ardsley 468

Class B, 340-454 —

Edgemont 449

Putnam Valley 442

Westlake 440

Pleasantville 434

Briarcliff 430

Irvington 407

Croton-Harmon 405

Valhalla 381

Blind Brook 380

Hastings 378

Bronxville 372

Albertus Magnus 371

Yonkers Montessori 366

Rye Neck 353

Woodlands 341

Class C, 225-339 —

Dobbs Ferry 319

Palisade Prep 308

Class D, 224 and below —

Haldane 223

Tuckahoe 189


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