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VHSL eliminates conferences, redraws regions

Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Virginia High School League has once again changed their alignments for post-season tournaments. This year they are doing away with conferences and redrawing the regions for each school classification.

Instituted in 2013, the conference system was intended to keep schools with vastly different enrollments from playing each other in post-season play as much as possible. The number of school classifications was increased from three to six, with each classification being divided into two regions. Each region was divided into conferences of five or six schools.

The system was not without its problems, however. The initial efforts to keep things balanced meant several schools were having to travel great distances in post-season tournaments, particularly at the regional level.

“We wanted to cut down on missed classes and travel time and make things more geographically balanced,” Tom Dolan, VHSL Assistant Director of Compliance, said.

Under the new system, which will be implemented this year, there will still be six classifications, though the terminology will be different. Rather than a school being classified as 6A, 5A, 4A, etc., they will be referred to as Class 6, Class 5, Class 4 and so on.

Each class will be divided into four regions across the state. Louisa County High School is now in Region B of the Class 4 Schools, along with Caroline, Chancellor, Courtland, Dinwiddie, Eastern View, Hanover, Patrick Henry (Ashland), Huguenot, King George, Milothian, Monacan and Powhatan high schools.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 10 edition of The Central Virginian.