AHSAA has finally evolved into seven classifications

It’s finally here, Class 7A. I never thought I’d see the day, but it’s an idea I thought the AHSAA should consider to help split the truly big schools from the others. This takes the 32 biggest schools and splits them into 7A, while the remaining regions have anywhere from 58 to 61 schools in it each. There were also some schools who hovered around the 5A/6A border for a while, and when in 5A, dominated the competition, and in 6A, had to compete with the now 7A schools because of location. I think this is finally going to separate teams how they need to be separated.

There are many regions with 7 teams now, and some with 8 (like usual), and some with 9. The 9 team regions will play an extra region game and lose a non-region game, and also have a bye on certain weeks to make for the extra odd team. The 7 team regions will have a team with an open date each week, and it will rotate until all teams have played each other and had off weeks. There will also be 11 weeks in the season, but still only 10 contests are allowed for each team. Teams can still play in a scrimmage game in week 1, or they can schedule non-region match-ups. This opens flexibility for scheduling out of state teams.

The biggest change is that we will all have to call it the Super 7 now.

Without any other typing, here are the new classifications and regions for 7A and 6A:

CLASS 7A

Region 1 (9 teams)

Alma Bryant
Baker Central
Davidson
Fairhope
Foley
Mary Montgomery
McGill-Toolen
Murphy
Theodore

Region 2 (7 teams)

Auburn
Central Phenix City
Enterprise
Jeff Davis
Lee Montgomery
Prattville
Smiths Station

Region 3 (8 teams)

Hewitt-Trussville
Hoover
Mountain Brook
Oak Mountain
Spain Park
Thompson
Tuscaloosa Co.
Vestavia Hills

Region 4 (8 teams)

Bob Jones
Buckhorn
Gadsden City
Grissom
Hazel Green
Huntsville
James Clemens
Sparkman

CLASS 6A

* = Teams that were 5A last year

Region 1 (9 teams)

Baldwin County
Blount
Citronelle*
Daphne
Gulf Shores*
LeFlore*
Robertsdale
Saraland*
Spanish Fort*

Region 2 (8 teams)

Carver Montgomery
Dothan
Northview
Park Crossing
Russell County*
Stanhope Elmore
Wetumpka
Carroll*

Region 3 (7 teams)

Benjamin Russell*
Chelsea
Opelika
Oxford
Pell City
Valley*
Chilton County*

Region 4 (7 teams)

Bessemer City
Brookwood*
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
McAdory*
Northridge
Paul Bryant*
Selma*

Region 5 (8 teams)

Briarwood*
Homewood*
Hueytown
Jackson-Olin
John Carroll*
Minor
Pelham
Walker*

Region 6 (7 teams)

Center Point*
Clay Chalkville
Gardendale
Huffman
Pinson Valley*
Shades Valley
Woodlawn

Region 7 (7 teams)

Albertville
Arab*
Brewer*
Lee Huntsville
Southside Gadsden*
Scottsboro*
Fort Payne*

Region 8 (7 teams)

Athens*
Austin
Cullman*
Decatur
Florence
Hartselle*
Muscle Shoals*

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You can view the rest of the classifications here on the AHSAA website, as well as classifications for other sports.

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Jon Lunceford is a sports media broadcaster and digital professional. Jon is a graduate of the University of Alabama school of journalism, and played football at Birmingham-Southern College. He has also won two AHSAA Football State Championships while at Homewood High School and was a two-time World Cyber Games Team USA representative. He currently hosts Primetime on WJOX 94.5 and runs the high school athletics site JoxPreps.