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Wednesday October 20th, 2021 2:05AM

AccessWDUN projects new region alignments for area teams

By AccessWDUN Staff

On Monday, the Georgia High School Association Executive Committee voted to increase the out-of-zone multiplier from 2.0 to 3.0 during the annual state meeting.

Two days later, the speculation has begun on what would the region alignments look like for the six classifications the new multiplier would affect beginning with the 2022-23 academic school year

The new multiplier, which will affect the 2022-2024 reclassification cycle, passed by a wide margin of 56-15 with three abstaining. The approval of the higher multiplier also eliminated the two-class limit, meaning the multiplier can move a school up to any classification. 

The 3.0 multiplier will count out-of-zone students three times and be added to the final enrollment numbers. The multiplier does not apply to Class A schools. 

The Georgia High School Football Daily, in its Wednesday morning newsletter, released projected classifications based on "the 2019 out-of-zone percentages, 2019 private-school enrollment, and spring 2021 public-school enrollment." Click here to see those numbers.

The GHSA will complete its classifications later this month. 

The AccessWDUN Sports department did its own speculation and how it would affect the 26 schools in its coverage area. Currently, at least one school plays in each of the eight GHSA classifications as they currently stand.


NEW REGION PROJECTIONS BEGINNING IN THE 2022-23 ACADEMIC YEAR

(The cycle runs for two seasons and will be reevaluated in the Fall of 2023)


Region 6-7A
Denmark 
Forsyth Central
Lambert
North Forsyth
South Forsyth
West Forsyth
(Gainesville moved down)


Region 8-6A
Buford
Central Gwinnett
Dacula
Gainesville (new↓)
Greater Atlanta Christian
Lanier
Shiloh
(Winder-Barrow and Habersham Central moved down)


Region 8-5A
Apalachee
Clarke Central (new↑)
Flowery Branch (new↑)
Habersham Central (new↓)
Johnson
Jefferson (new↑)
Loganville
Winder-Barrow (new)
(Loganville -- could go with Henry Co. teams)
(Jackson County and Walnut Grove moved down)

(Calhoun and Woodland-Cartersville are major outliers for the classification)


Region 8-4A
Cedar Shoals
Chestatee
East Forsyth (will be first year playing varsity)
East Hall
Jackson County (new↓)

North Oconee
Walnut Grove (new↓)
Madison County


Region 8-3A
East Jackson
Franklin County
Hart County
Monroe Area
Oconee County
Stephens County


Region 7-3A
North Hall
West Hall

Riverside Military Academy (new↑)*
White County
Cherokee Bluff
Lumpkin County  
Dawson County

Gilmer
(*--RMA appeals to stay in 2A, leaving 7-3A intact as it is now)


Region 8-2A
Rabun County
Banks County
Union County
Elbert County
Fannin County
Riverside Military Academy*
(*--RMA appeals to stay in 2A, leaving 7-3A intact as it is now)

(Area teams in BOLD)

(The GHSF Daily contributed to this story.)

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