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WHSAA delays five-class reclassification decision

Apr 27, 2012 - From staff and wire reports

The Wyoming High School Activities Association board of directors has delayed its reclassification process by one year.

The move Tuesday came as a result of the reclassification committee exploring a five-class model and wanting more time to address concerns and questions about the logistics of five classes.

Currently, schools compete in four classifications. Riverton competes in the largest Class 4-A in all sports except football, where the Wolverines are in the smaller-school Class 3-A classification.

"The one thing that is good about it is that there is always a stumbling block when we want to change classifications. Now we'll be lined up with the (state tournament) bid cycle. Now it will be even all the time," Riverton activities director Keith Bauder said.

Bauder said a big concern was how state culminating events would look in a five-classification system.

"The discussion is that nobody really knew. That is one of the things that we have to solve in the meantime. The questions all started coming out," Bauder said.

In basketball, for example, the 1-A and 2-A boys and girls tournaments are now held on one weekend, and the 3-A and 4-A on the following weekend. Adding a 5-A classification would mean holding a fifth tournament to the mix.

Bauder said there is some discussion of a five-classification system in some sports and fewer classifications in sports like tennis, cross-country and golf.

"Now we have to go through every individual sport since equity is the big term we want to look at and try to make it fair and find out what is the best. It could be that basketball, volleyball, track and football would be five class. Then we might look at wrestling, and it could be three, four or maybe two classes," Bauder said.

Bauder said there would be work done during the next month to see what might happen.

"It might have a better chance of passing. People said this is as close as it ever came," Bauder said.

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