FHSAA Announces 2019-20 and 2020-21 Classifications For Spring Sports

GAINESVILLE, FLA. (6/18/19) – The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) announced Tuesday the classifications for the following 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons: baseball, flag football, lacrosse, tennis, track & field, boys volleyball, water polo and boys weightlifting. As requested by membership, the classifications were determined solely based on each member school’s enrollment size.

SE = Student Enrollment

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BASEBALL

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Baseball Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A | 5A | 6A | 7A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 5A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 6A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 7A: 1-2 | 3-4

SOFTBALL

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Softball Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A | 5A | 6A | 7A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 5A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 6A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 7A: 1-2 | 3-4

FAQ FOR BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL (Classes 2A-7A Only)

How do I make the playoffs?

  1. Play your District Tournament (Seeding determined by using end of the current season MaxPreps Rankings)
  2. The four district champions in each region automatically qualify for playoffs (Seeded 1-4 by MaxPreps Rankings)
  3. Teams 5-8 receive at-large bids via MaxPreps Rankings
  4. Higher Seed Hosts - Regional Tournament seeding determined by using MaxPreps rankings inclusive of regular season and district tournament

Am I required to schedule teams in my district?

NO. You are not required to play regular season district games.

Am I required to play regular-season district games in order to qualify for the district tournament?

NO. Regular season district games are not required in order to participate in the district tournament. Teams have the freedom to schedule whoever they want in the regular season.

Does this new system encourage member schools to run up the score?

NO. According to the MaxPreps representative who spoke to the FHSAA Board of Directors last year, there is no incentive to run up the score when it comes to MaxPreps rankings.

Could a district champion have to travel to a higher-seeded district runner-up?

NO. The district champions automatically qualify for playoff seeds 1-4. After the district champions are seeded 1-4 via MaxPreps rankings, four at-large teams then qualify for seeds 5-8 via their MaxPreps rankings. The higher seed ALWAYS hosts. 

Will all teams be required to report their scores on MaxPreps?

YES. Scores are required to be inputted in MaxPreps. Member schools who do not input their scores in the regular season will be fined.

Will schools be required to enter stats into MaxPreps with this new system?

NO. Only schools advancing to the Florida High School State Championships will be required to have updated stats on MaxPreps. Member schools who do not input update their stats, rosters and scores in the State Series will be fined $100 per round.

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FLAG FOOTBALL

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Flag Football Classifications: 1A | 2A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Class 2A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

BOYS LACROSSE

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Boys Lacrosse Classifications: 1A | 2A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Class 2A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

GIRLS LACROSSE

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Girls Lacrosse Classifications: 1A | 2A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Class 2A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

BOYS TENNIS

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Tennis Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4

GIRLS TENNIS

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Tennis Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4

BOYS TRACK & FIELD

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Track & Field Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4

GIRLS TRACK & FIELD

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Track & Field Classifications: 1A | 2A 3A | 4A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 3A: 1-2 | 3-4
Class 4A: 1-2 | 3-4

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

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Boys Volleyball Classifications: 1A

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

WATER POLO

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Water Polo: 1A 

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4

BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING

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Boys Weightlifting Classifications: 1A | 2A | Independent

Region Classification Maps:
Class 1A: 1-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | 7-8
Class 2A: 1-2 | 3-4 | 5-6 | 7-8

Flag Football, Lacrosse, Boys Volleyball & Water Polo

The district tournament seeding procedures have not change from previous years.

Do these sports us MaxPreps Rankings?

NO. MaxPreps rankings are currently not being used for Boys Volleyball, Flag Football, Lacrosse or Water Polo.

How do I make the playoffs?

During the regular season, each team must play their district members at least once to determine the top 4 teams that will qualify for the district tournament. Each school shall be seeded based on its win-loss record in the contests played against all district opponents during the regular season. The school with the best district record shall be seeded No. 1; the school with the second-best district record shall be seeded No. 2; etc.

How many teams advance from the district tournament to the regional tournament?

The Champion from each of the 16 district tournaments shall advance to one of the four regional tournaments in each classification to which they are assigned

Am I required to schedule teams in my district?

YES. You are still required to play regular season district games.

Am I required to play regular-season district games in order to qualify for the district tournament?

YES. Regular season district games are required in order to participate in the district tournament.

Who will host each regional round?

The procedure has not changed. Home teams will still be determined by either the top line or bottom line of the bracket as it will continue to rotate.

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FAQ FOR ALL SPORTS

How were the classifications, regions and districts determined?

Classifications were based solely on student enrollment, then geography. Please refer to FHSAA Policy 12.

What did the FHSAA use to determine a school’s enrollment?

As required annually, each member school submitted their enrollment numbers to our office in October.

Can a school appeal its placement if they wish to move up or down?

After traveling the state this past year, the consensus the FHSAA heard from its athletic directors and coaches was that they wanted an equal number of teams by classification, an even number of teams in each district and region and no three-team districts. Moving schools would go against that sentiment and would create uneven classifications, regions or districts. The staff has thoroughly reviewed the assignments and do not see any schools that are geographically isolated that would require movement to another classification (FHSAA Policy 12). To maintain the wishes of our constituents, the FHSAA will not be accepting appeals.

If a school does not like where it is placed, what are the options?

The member school can become independent for the two-year classification cycle. Please refer to FHSAA Policy 10.1.3.

When does this classification cycle end?

The new classification cycle for all sports ends following the conclusion of the 2020-21 FHSAA season. Following the conclusion of the two-year cycle, the FHSAA will review classifications again using our FHSAA Board of Directors and Athletic Directors Advisory Committee-approved policies and procedures.

ABOUT THE FHSAA

The Florida High School Athletic Association supervises and regulates interscholastic athletic programs for high school students at member public, private and charter schools. The organization also recognizes and honors academic achievement among student-athletes at almost 800 middle, junior and senior high schools statewide. Headquartered in Gainesville, it is the official governing body for interscholastic athletics in Florida

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