INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Indiana High School Athletic Association has created a 6A class for football and established criteria for moving schools up in class in all sports.
The IHSAA Board voted 13-5 to create Class 6A in football effective with the 2013 season, taking the top 32 schools in enrollment statewide out of Class 5A to create it.
The schools moving to 6A locally according to the latest enrollment figures would be Northrop, Homestead, Warsaw, and Snider.
Remaining in 5A as part of the next 32 in enrollment are Carroll, Huntington North, South Side, North Side, and Wayne.
5A and 6A will in the new system have a bye week at the end of the regular season and begin sectional playoff action with semifinals, while the other four classes continue to play quarterfinal games.
In addtion, the IHSAA voted 16-2 to create a two year period for all sports in which teams would accumulate points that could move them up a class with success in competition.
Teams would get one point for a sectional title, two for a regional championship, three for winning a semi-state, and four for being a state champ.
If a team accumulates six points in this system over a two year period, it would be moved up a class for the next two years.
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