Beginning next season, a change could be coming to the structure of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's playoffs.

The MPSSAA's classification committee met Thursday to verify class groupings and recommend region alignments for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, the organization announced in a news release.

The biggest difference in the proposed regions for the next two school years is the introduction of sections for all regions in the MPSSAA playoffs. Under the proposed alignment, teams would compete within their assigned section and the two sectional winners would compete for a regional championship.


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For example, City, Digital Harbor, Poly, Centennial, Long Reach and Mount Hebron would all be in Section I of the Class 3A East, while Atholton, Glenelg, Reservoir, River Hill and Wilde Lake would be in Section II of the region.

The sectional concept is already used in several regions, including the Class 2A East in boys and girls soccer, as well as the Class 1A and 2A East in volleyball.

The football playoffs will not be affected by this proposal, according to the MPSSAA.

The MPSSAA classification committee stated that: "extensive regional travel creates loss of instructional time, higher travel costs, and late bus trips on school nights. Given those concerns, the committee has strongly recommended to the MPSSAA Board of Control the implementation of sectional divisions within each region."

Final action on the proposed region alignments, as well as the sectional concept, will be determined at the MPSSAA's Board of Control meeting in December.