The landscape of GHSA athletics will undergo a big change after the association voted Tuesday to split the playoffs in Class A to private and public school divisions.
Now the question is, what’s next?
That’s usually the way these things work with important changes. The change can be tough, but the fallout is more important and even more difficult to determine.
While the rest of the state won’t be greatly affected by this change, the split does bring about some interesting questions for the Class A schools.
How do the private schools, who were not happy that they won’t get to compete with the public schools for a state title, react?
Can the public schools, who pushed for this split, live with it? Or will they want more changes?
How do other larger schools react when they feel they have issues?
How does this affect scheduling for these teams?
How will Class A playoff teams be decided? With the private and public school teams sharing regions, the GHSA can’t determine playoff teams based on region records, so something will be have to be concocted to determine those playoff spots.
None of this is over, no matter what people think or what GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin might want. This situation is fluid and will continue to change and grow as we move forward and the GHSA continues to work through issues with this change or other issues that might crop up.
But the biggest question here in Macon is what will Mount de Sales, Stratford and Tattnall Square do? There has been talk those three schools might make the jump to the GHSA, and this split could be the final push they need to do so.
It would be easy to see some private schools being disgusted with the GHSA and moving back to the GISA, but it seems more likely the opposite will happen. The GISA could take a big hit because of this split, and that could start with Mount de Sales, Stratford and Tattnall making the move.
It really just makes too much sense to not do it.
Those three would get the chance to play against the public schools (they have had problems in recent years finding competitive games in the GISA, and moving to the GHSA also would help with travel) while also competing against other private schools for state championships. To top it off, it would get Macon’s big four back together, grouping those three back with FPD, and certainly would be a good thing to revive those rivalries.
That’s a change everyone with those schools should want to get behind and support.
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