• Power rankings will no longer be used to determine seeding for Class A schools or to pick at-large playoff teams in higher classifications. The current rule guaranteeing only three playoff berths for regions with just four teams was abolished, meaning that a region with only four or fewer teams would qualify all of its teams. Class A will go back to seeding its playoff teams the way other classes do, based on region standings, not power rankings.
• The GHSA will continue to have seven classifications beginning with the 2019-20 academic year. The GHSA office and others had made the argument for six, hoping that would reduce travel and make scheduling contests easier, but the idea lost favor as it was hashed out in committee.
• The GHSA will adopt a method to account for out-of-zone students in reclassification, but the method won’t be determined until the fall. The GHSA’s current policy, which largely targets private and city schools, subjects a school to higher classification if more than 3 percent of its student body comes from outside its county. In other years, the GHSA has used an enrollment multiplier to move private schools to higher classes.
• The GHSA will return to a two-year reclassification cycle when the current four-year cycle ends during the 2019-20 academic year.
All reclassification votes were approved unanimously except the split into public and private regions (64-2) and the elimination of power rankings in every class (65-1).