SDHSAA Board of Directors approves second reading on football classifications Original

PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — The Board of Directors for the South Dakota High School Activities Association met on Wednesday, January 13 in their regular meeting.

Several topics were on talked about, but one of the hot topics that was brought up was Item #8 on the agenda, which was the second reading on football classifications.

The recommendation was laid out as such: 11-man would have four classes which would divide up the largest thirty-three schools via Male ADM (Average Daily Membership) with the 11-B class holding the remaining schools that are above a 56.000 male ADM.

Football Classifications for 2021

11AAA8 Largest Schools + O’Gorman who has always petitioned up
11AANext 11 largest schools
11ANext 14 largest schools
11BRemaining schools whose Male ADM is above 56.000
9-ManDivide remaining teams into three classes

Item #10 for the Board of Directors to consider was the new average daily membership numbers for the 2021-22 sports season.

Following their approval, the projected football classifications for 2021 became more clear for the top three classes, but the numbers are a little unclear still at the 11B level.

11AAA – (9) S.F. Roosevelt, S.F. Lincoln, S.F. Washington, S.F. Jefferson, R.C. Central, R.C. Stevens, Brandon Valley, Harrisburg and O’Gorman

11AA – (11) Aberdeen Central, Watertown, Brookings, Yankton, Mitchell, Douglas, Pierre T.F. Riggs, Sturgis Brown, Huron, Spearfish, and Tea Area.

11A – (14) Belle Fourche, West Central, Vermillion, Lennox, S.F. Christian, Dakota Valley, Madison, Milbank, Canton, Chamberlain, Tri-Valley, Custer, Dell Rapids and Sisseton.

The biggest change in the classes from from 11-man ‘B’ as the class grew from 24 teams to 29 teams, including eight teams that used to be in 9-man football.

11B – (29) Beresford, Hot Springs, Lead-Deadwood, Flandreau, Elk Point-Jefferson, Redfield, Winner, Wagner, Sioux Valley, Mobridge-Pollock, Groton Area, Bennett County, Webster Area, Aberdeen Roncalli, Bridgewater-Emery/Ethan, McCook Central/Montrose, Miller/Highmore-Harrold, Woonsocket/Wess. Springs/Sanborn Central, St. Thomas More (Petitioned Up) and Mt. Vernon/Plankinton (Petitioned Up)

Moving Up from 9-Man – (9) Rapid City Christian, Baltic, Hill City, Parker, Deuel, Clark/Willow Lake, Tripp-Delmont/Armour/AC/DC, Dakota Hills and Scotland/Menno.

Class ‘B’ list compiled by Grant Sweeter and Brian Haenchen

The 61 remaining teams will be split up into 9-man football including two schools that will be moving from 11-man to 9-man: Garretson and Stanley County.

Arlington/Lake Preston, Bon Homme and Hamlin each had their petition approved to play down in 9-man, while Dakota Hills and Scotland/Menno had their petitions denied.

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