Monday was a big day for high schools around the area as the UIL re-alignment numbers were announced today, as the organization expands to a new 6A classification next academic year. With the Addition of 6A it essentially bumps six-man to class A, class A to 2A, class 2A to 3A... And so on all the way up to that 6Aa classification.
The numbers break down like this:
- 6A includes all schools with over 2,100 students which goes as high as almost 6,000 with Allen
- 5A includes schools with between 1,060 and 2,099 students
- 4A includes schools with between 465 and 1,059 kids
- 3A is between 220 and 464
- 2A is between 105 and 219
- 1A is 104 students and below
So what does that mean for some of our area teams? Here are some of the projections:
Lubbock ISD will have two 6A schools in Coronado and Monterey, while Frenship will join them at the top, with Amarillo and Tascosa also joining the mix.
Lubbock high will jump to 5A essentially staying the same while Lubbock Cooper makes the jump up to 5A as does Plainview.
In 4A, a couple of 2-3A schools will be making the jump in Estacado, Levelland, Seminole and Andrews.
In 3a the Shallowater Mustangs will stay put, but will essentially be moving down a classification and will now be with the likes of Muleshoe, Slaton, Idalou and Post Roosevelt and Littlefield.
Abernathy and New Deal will stay in 2A, while Crosbyton and Springlake-Earth had less than 104 students so they will join what was formerly six-man in class A, but they can appeal to the UIL to stay 11man.
Again these are projections and nothing will be set in stone until realignment happens in February. We caught up with some area coaches today to get their thoughts on the changes.