NCHSAA to reduce number of teams in Class 1-A, 4-A state playoffs


CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina High School Athletic Association will reduce the number of high schools that will play in the Class 4-A and 1-A state playoffs in several sports, starting this fall.

The NCHSAA Board of Directors met Wednesday and according to Nick Stevens at, the board voted to reduce the number of teams in the state playoffs in 1-A and 4-A from 64 to 48. Class 2-A and Class 3-A will remain at 64 teams.

The move comes as the latest realignment of schools across the state goes into effect also in the fall. Under the new realignment, the largest 20 percent of schools in the state will be Class 4-A while the 20 percent smallest schools will be 1-A. The remaining 60 percent of schools in the state will be split evenly as Class 2-A and Class 3-A.

The playoff format will be used in football, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball.

Stevens also reports the NCHSAA will continue to use the MaxPreps ranking for seeding purposes for the state playoffs, with a greater emphasis used on those rankings to determine playoff spots. That process will be revisited after one more year.

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