High school sports about to change

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

TUCSON -- The governing board that oversees high school athletics is about to streamline divisions, travel and while attempting to save schools and districts money.

The Arizona Interscholastic Association plan includes reclassification of every high school into a division based on its size and would limit the number of state championships offered in each sport.

The changes could go into effect in the next school year for individual sports and in 2011-2012 for team sports, if the AIA's executive board passes the proposal next month.

Under the new plan, football would be split into six divisions. Basketball, baseball, softball and soccer would be split into four divisions, and tennis would have three.

Out is the AIA's old system, which had 114 state team championships. Under the new proposal, the AIA would offer just 67.
Information from: Arizona Daily Star

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