Class A will grow after NSAA votes to change three-grade enrollment cutoff

LINCOLN — Class A will grow in size in all sports beginning next school year.

The NSAA board voted 8-0 Thursday to approve its classification committee proposals to include any school in Class A that has a grades 9-10-11 enrollment of 850, a cutoff that mirrors the 425-boy cutoff for football.

For the 2019-20 school year there will be 34 schools in Class A. Class B will be for the remaining schools before the existing prescribed cutoff for that class is met.

In volleyball and basketball, Class B extends to the 60th largest school in that sport. In wrestling, it’s the 80th largest and track and field it’s the 88th largest.

The change means a Class A school won’t have its basketball teams in different classes, as happened this season with Elkhorn South and Lincoln Pius X and would next season with Elkhorn South and Norfolk.