The effect of the multiplier won’t be known until the GHSA receives enrollment numbers and data from all member schools and the Department of Education. That is not expected to be complete until late October at the earliest.
In 2016, the GHSA attempted to address schools that get a high number of out-of-district students with what was called a 3-percent rule. Schools that received more than 3 percent of its students from outside its county were candidates to move up one classification. The guideline, now abolished, effectively moved up eight larger private schools, including Marist, Westminster and Blessed Trinity, but had almost no effect on city schools that remained dominant in all-sports standings.
In other votes Monday, the GHSA:
- Retained its current seven classifications and defined Class AAAAAAA as the largest 10 percent of schools and Class A as the smallest 20 percent, with some wiggle room.
- Approved splitting Class A into eight public-school regions and eight private-school regions.
- Eliminated power ratings in all classifications beginning in 2020.
- Mandated three-person officiating crews for basketball beginning next academy year. JV games may still use only two on-court officials.
- Ruled that the designated home team for the third game of a best-of-three softball or baseball series be the higher-seeded team and not determined by a coin toss, effective immediately.
- Ruled that lacrosse may no longer have ties and must use a standard overtime procedure used in the state playoffs.
- Approved for tennis a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a full third set or an eight-game pro sets instead of full matches in non-state tournament matches with approval from affected coaches.
- Approved raises for officials in all sports.