Warhill High will complete in state Class 3A in the new postseason setup almost certain to be approved this fall by Virginia High School League membership. The change to 3A (from 4A) was approved on Wednesday in a 12-0 vote by the VHSL's Redistricting and Reclassification Committee.
The change was made because of enrollment figures released in March, which have Warhill as the largest of the 3A schools under the new six-classification setup for statewide play that will begin with the 2013-14 school year.
The VHSL reclassification proposal divides schools into six classifications for postseason statewide play based strictly on enrollment: the largest schools being 6A, followed by 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A.
Currently the VHSL uses a three-classification setup - AAA, AA and A - for most sports. Under the new system, each state classification will have about 52 schools, which will be divided into two regionals of 24 to 28 schools each.
Those regions will be subdivided into four conferences of five to eight schools each, with two teams advancing in most sports into eight-team regional tournaments. As a Class 3A school, Warhill will be in Conference 25, which likely will include Lafayette, New Kent, Poquoson, York, Park View and Southampton.
Conferences won't apply to football. In football, each classification will be divided into two regions, with the top 16 teams in each region advancing to the playoffs.
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