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NMAA board approves move to five classes

J.R. Oppenheim
February 15, 2017 06:52 PM

High school sports in New Mexico are headed toward a return to a five-classification system over the current six-class format.

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In a Wednesday meeting, the New Mexico Activities Association Board of Directors approved a proposal to realign its classes to five starting with the 2018-19 school season. The NMAA, which governs prep sports in the state, moved to a six-class system starting in 2016-17.

It's unclear how the realignment will look once the state reverts back to five classes. The board tabled a proposal to use a conference model over the current district alignment. That will likely be decided at the board's next meeting on June 8.

The change to five classes will apply for a two-year block from 2018 to 2020.

The board also passes proposals to use an "80-80-40 three-year enrollment count" and using enrollment breaks to determine schools' classification, according to a summary from the meeting. Those proposals also take effect for the 2018-19 school year.

"[The] committee will get back to work and come up with some possible breakdowns/models for the Board to review in June," NMAA official Dusty Young said in an email to KOB.

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