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Maize celebrates its Class 5A baseball championship on May 26 at Eck Stadium.

Maize celebrates its Class 5A baseball championship on May 26 at Eck Stadium. Brian Hayes/ Correspondent |

What the new KSHSAA changes mean for every sport

Published June 15 at 1:59 p.m. | Last updated June 15 at 2:01 p.m.

BASEBALL

Teams in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A will be divided into East and West brackets. On Monday, play-in games (No. 16 vs. No. 18 and No. 15 vs. No. 17) will finalize the 16-team bracket. From there, the bracket will be condensed to four-team pods with the top four overall seeds each hosting all games in their pod on the same day. Teams will still need to win two games to reach the state tournament. Pods will be 1-16-8-9 seeds, 4-13-5-12, 2-15-7-10 and 3-14-6-11. As in past years, eight teams advance to the state tournament.

The postseason format will not change for Classes 3A and 2-1A.

BASKETBALL

Gone are the four eight-team sub-states that many coaches in the higher classes were lobbying to change. Now the 36 teams in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A will be divided into East and West brackets, seeded 1 through 18. Play-in games (No. 16 vs. No. 18 and No. 15 vs. No. 17) finalize the 16-team bracket. From there, the bracket will be condensed to four-team pods with the higher seed hosting the game. Teams will still need to win two games to reach the state tournament. Pods will be 1-16-8-9 seeds, 4-13-5-12, 2-15-7-10 and 3-14-6-11. Eight pod winners advance to the state tournament.

The postseason format for Classes 3A and 2A, which both have 64 teams, will feature a total of eight eight-team sub-states based on geography. Quarterfinal games will be played at the higher seed on Monday or Tuesday, then the semifinals and final will be played at the host site with the winner of the bracket advancing to state.

In Class 1A, where the KSHSAA is expecting 108 teams to be participating, schools will be separated into into four quadrants and thave four regionals in each quadrant for a total of 16 throughout the state. The two finalists in each regional will advance a round of 16 game at a neutral site and must play an opponent from a different regional. Winners of the round of 16 games advance to the state tournament.

CROSS COUNTRY

Not much changes with the regional qualifying format, as there will still be four sites with three teams qualifying from each site along with the top 10 individuals (at least five from non-team qualifiers). The only difference is there will be nine teams, instead of eight, in each regional in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A, while 16 teams will be at each regional for 3A and 2A. For 1A, there will be three regionals with around 25 schools per regional. The top four teams from each regional will qualify for state along with the top 10 individuals (or at least seven from non-team qualifiers).

FOOTBALL

Nothing changes in Classes 6A and 5A, but they will have some company with their new postseason format as Class 4A will adopt the same system. They will play an eight-game regular season with the Week 9 games starting the postseason. Each class will be split into East and West brackets with teams seeded 1 through 16.

In Classes 3A and 2A, which will have 48 teams, the district system remains with eight districts of six teams each. Teams will play five district games, from Week 4 to Week 8, with the playoffs beginning in Week 9. The top four teams in each district will qualify for the playoffs (32 entrants), while the fifth- and sixth-place teams will play the fifth- and sixth-place teams from the next district in a non-playoff game in Week 9. In the playoffs, the four qualifying teams from a district will play the four from the next district (1st vs. 4th, 2nd vs. 3rd). The odd-numbered district will host games in odd-numbered years.

In Class 1A, which is expected to have 35 teams, there will be eight 4- or 5-team districts with the top two in each district advancing to the playoffs. No changes will be made to the 8-man playoffs.

GOLF

There will be no changes to the boys regional tournaments, but girls golf is a little more tricky with fewer teams. It looks as if the KSHSAA will take the top 40 percent of the combined 67 schools in 4A and 3-2-1A and make the 27 largest schools play in 4A and the other 40 in 3-2-1A. There will likely be three regionals instead of the current four.

SOCCER

Nothing changes about the postseason format, just the number of teams. In Classes 6A and 5A, which will both have 18 teams in each regional, there will now be play-in games of No. 15 vs. No. 18 and No. 16 vs. No. 17 to finalize a 16-team bracket.

SOFTBALL

Teams in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A will be divided into East and West brackets and seeded 1-18. On Monday, play-in games (No. 16 vs. No. 18 and No. 15 vs. No. 17) will finalize the 16-team bracket. From there, the bracket will split into four-team pods with the top four overall seeds each hosting all games in their pod on the same day. Teams will still need to win two games to reach the state tournament. The four pods will be 1-16-8-9, 4-13-5-12, 2-15-7-10 and 3-14-6-11.

In Classes 3A and 2-1A, there will be a total of eight seven or eight-team sub-states based on geography. Each sub-state has the flexibility to host quarterfinal games at the higher seed or host all games at the host site, where the semifinals and final will be played.

SWIMMING

The state-qualifying and consideration standards will remain the same in Class 6A and Class 5-1A, as they will take the top 24 times to fill out three heats at the state meet.

TENNIS

Nothing changes about the postseason format, just the number of teams. Classes 6A and 5A will remain the same, while the KSHSAA will take the top 40 percent of the remaining teams and classify them into Class 4A with the remaining schools competing at the Class 3-2-1A level.

TRACK AND FIELD

Nothing changes about the postseason format, just the number of teams. There will now be nine teams in each regional in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A and 16 teams per regional in Classes 3A and 2A. Since there will be nearly 30 schools at each Class 1A regional, the possibility of having semifinals in the 100, 200, and 100 hurdles is being explored.

VOLLEYBALL

Nothing changes about the postseason format, just the number of teams. There will still be four sub-states broken into eight brackets in Classes 6A, 5A, and 4A. Since now there will be nine teams in each sub-state, a play-in game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds will be required. Teams will still need to win two games to qualify for the state tournament. Classes 3A and 2A will still have eight eight-team sub-states with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

In Class 1A, the KSHSAA will separate schools into four quadrants with each quadrant hosting four regionals for a total of 16 throughout the state. The two finalists in each regional will advance to round-of-16 matches against qualifiers from different regionals. Round-of-16 winners advance to the state tournament.

WRESTLING

Nothing changes about the postseason format, just the number of teams. Classes 6A and 5A will keep their new format of having two regionals (now with 18 teams instead of 16), as they will still wrestle out to eight places and take the top eight wrestlers to the state tournament. In Classes 4A and 3-1A, there will still be four regional sites with the top four wrestlers advancing to the state tournament.

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