By Travis Mounts
Winning a Class 1A State title will become a little bit easier for Kansas’ smallest schools.
Results from a recent vote by the 117 schools in 1A were released on Thursday, Nov. 21. Seventy votes were in favor with 47 opposed, a winning percentage of 60 percent.
The proposal will apply to volleyball, basketball and scholars bowl. Other sports and activities will not be impacted.
Schools voted in 2009 to split Class 1A into two divisions, in part because of the number of schools in the class. While there were well over 100 schools in 1A at that time, there were only 32 teams in the large-school classes, 5A and 6A. Eventually Class 4A, with 64 schools, also split into two divisions.
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That led to the Kansas State High School Activities Association presenting eight different State championships in some sports.
In 2017, sweeping changes were enacted in all classes. In football, the old Class 2-1A was split into two classes, which allowed the middle classes to be reduced in size.
After the changes, there were 32 teams in Class 6A, 5A and 4A, and 48 teams in 3A and 2A. Class 1A had 31 teams, while 8-man football remained unchanged.
There were changes in all classes for other sports and activities. Class 6A and 5A grew from 32 teams to 36, and 4A was reduced to 36 teams. Class 3A and 2A remained at 64 teams.
But as part of the changes, Class 1A’s two divisions were eliminated. That meant for sports like basketball and volleyball, the regular season was shortened by a week and regional tournaments were reintroduced ahead of substate tournaments.
Competition schedules and formats for the 2020-21 school year will be adopted in January. It is expected that the formats adopted in 2009 will again be used.