DES MOINES — The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s board of directors voted unanimously Saturday to expand to five classes in the sports of basketball, golf, softball and volleyball beginning with the 2012 softball season.
The largest class, 5A, will be composed of the 40 largest schools in the state in terms of enrollment. Class 4A will be comprised of the next 48 schools, 3A the next 64, 2A the next 96, and the remaining schools will be classified 1A.
“We asked each group to approach the topic with the goals of ensuring that our classification system was fair and that it balanced the number of schools per class and the enrollment range per class,” IGHSAU assistant director Joel Oswald said. “We also wanted to be sure we were not placing unreasonable demands on schools and students regarding travel, loss of school time, or putting any schools at a distinct competitive disadvantage.”
State tournament dates will remain unchanged in the four sports. More games will be played on the current dates.
“The most important thing is that eight more teams and communities have the opportunity to reap the positive life experiences and prestige of qualifying for the state tournament,” said IGHSAU Executive Director Mike Dick.