Right now Georgia High School Sports breaks down into 5 classifications. Within each of the classifications there are eight regions. This current system is in jeopardy. The GHSA met roughly two weeks ago to discuss changing the current layout. The committee wants cheaper travel costs and better regional matchups.
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"Superintendents come up and say, y'all have got to do something about getting these kids out of school. If you do smaller regions you get them closer together, you don't big wide regions, ok. They don't have to travel as far to get region games to play regions games; therefore they can go around their area and play some people without having to travel a long way to play," said Sam Barrs, head football coach at Bleckley Co.
The GHSA is discussing two plans. A “4 by 8” system and a “3 by 6” system, both are similar in design.
In the “3 by 6” system, there would be three classifications based on school population: A, AA, and AAA.
Within the classifications there would be two subdivisions determined by geographical area. “4 by 8” is essentially the same plan, with one extra classification, creating 2 more subdivisions.
"I like 3 by 6. I think it works better, I think we get more schools into the region and we'll have people to get games locally," said
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