Socioeconomic factor for IHSAA football classifications advances to membership vote

The Iowa High School Athletic Association is considering the implementation of socioeconomic factors for football classification.

The Board of Control Monday approved a recommendation from the classification committee to adopt a model similar to one currently used by the Minnesota State High School League. This would reduce 40-percent of a school’s free or reduced lunch count from their annual enrollment to determine their final classification number.

Classifications in Iowa high school athletics are currently determined solely by enrollment. 

If the vote is passed this would be implemented starting in the 2023 season.

“I want to commend the IHSAA classification committee, the board of control, and the IHSAA staff for their important work on this study and resulting recommendation,” IHSAA executive director Tom Keating said.  “Our schools have asked us to consider socioeconomic factors in classification and the IHSAA, after much study and discussion, is pleased to offer such a strategy.”

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