A discussion and decision regarding whether or not to adjust the current classification system for all high school sports was originally on the agenda for this week’s Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Board of Control meeting in Murfreesboro.
The board, though, decided Thursday morning to table classification talks until a special meeting, scheduled for July 12. The talks figure to center around football, in which Tennessee currently awards eight separate state championships—two in Division II and six in Division I.
In basketball, baseball and softball, there are currently three classifications in Division I (A, AA and AAA) and two in Division II (A, AA). In other sports, such as soccer and track, the classifications are even more narrowed.
The board, citing a need to discuss options with member schools, said it needed more time before making any changes to the current system.
Also among the deliberations at this year’s Board of Control meeting, was a proposal to change the Division I traditional state wrestling tournament from a single, all-encompassing bracket to a format that crowns champions in Class AAA and A/AA. That decision has also been tabled, and will be voted on in November.
A proposal to add another class in Division II track and field was denied.