NYSPHSAA adding sixth classification for seven high school sports in 2023

Binghamton Forward Leroy Williams (44) looks for a teammate in the Patriots game against...
Binghamton Forward Leroy Williams (44) looks for a teammate in the Patriots game against Maine-Endwell(Jacob Russo/WBNG)
Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 4:43 PM EDT
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LATHAM, N.Y. (WBNG) - There’s a new class coming to high school sports in New York in 2023. The NYSPHSAA Central Committee approve a measure beginning with the 2023-24 academic year, the sports of baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer will be eligible for a sixth classification (AAA). This adjustment was passed unanimously by the committee.

The NYSPHSAA created a committee in fall 2020 after concerns were raised over the discrepancy between the largest and smallest schools for each classification. This proposal aims to close the gap and “provide more equity” among the aforementioned sports.

What this means, essentially, is that a school with 500 students in Class A won’t be forced to play a school with 950 students. It allows there to be a more level playing field throughout the classes, as the top and bottom of the enrollment levels will be much closer together.

In Section 4, it’s likely that Binghamton, Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca will move up to the new Class AAA. But schools like Union-Endicott and Maine-Endwell, who both compete in Class A currently, will be in separate classes come 2023 due to the disparity in enrollment between the two schools.

The exact numbers of enrollment that determine which class a school will play in have not been determined yet. The NYSPHSAA will collect enrollment data from all its schools this September, with the new class alignments likely being released sometime in October 2022.

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