MHSAA adds Class 7A beginning at the start of the 2023-24 school year

For the first time in more than a decade, the Mississippi High School Activities Association is adding a new classification, bringing the Magnolia State to the 7A level.

According to Brandon Shields of Capitol Sports Mississippi, the MHSAA executive committee voted 12-1 today in favor of adding a seventh classification, starting at the next reclassification cycle prior to the 2023-24 academic year.

The new breakdown will feature 24 schools in 7A, 6A, and 5A, down from 32 with four regions comprised of six schools each and four teams making the playoffs in each sport.

That leaves an average of about 42 schools divided amongst 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A with eight regions of five schools each.

When it comes to pros and cons, this change shrinks the gap between big and small which levels the playing field and provides more championship opportunities.

However, only six teams in the bigger regions, it could leave some Coast schools as the odd man out when it comes to traveling for district games.

A lot of Coast teams will be on the move.

The last time the MHSAA added an extra classification was 2009.

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