The blanket non-public & charter school school multiplier that took a school’s raw enrollment and multiplied it by 1.35 has been replaced with the start of the 2020-2021 school year. It has been replaced by a new system that moves individual non-public and charter school athletic programs up based on success called the Championship Factor. There is one additional change to note – it appears Boys Soccer program numbers are down. Since the move to four classification levels there have been sixteen districts in Class 2. There are only eight this year. There are five districts with five teams while four of the Districts in Class 1 include five teams but that still points to 23 fewer programs this year. I’ll have to dig into this one a bit deeper. Missouri Boys Soccer Classification Shows Large Changes
As predicted in my story earlier this Summer, both Burroughs and Priory will now compete in Class 4. The Bombers are now part of District 3 with Chaminade, SLUH and Kirkwood while Priory joins CBC, DeSmet and Marquette in District 5. Wow.
For St. Dominic, they will now compete in the largest classification as well, where they are joined by Liberty, Zumwalt North and Zumwalt West in District 7.
Principia has moved up two classes this year, competing in District 4 with Clayton, Ladue and Parkway West. St. Francis Borgia also moves into Class 3, from Class 2, where they will compete in District 6 with Pacific, Union and Rockwood. In Southwest Missouri, the Springfield Catholic boys will compete in District 10 with Branson, Glendale and West Plains.
In KC, Pembroke Hill moves up to Class 3. A pair of District titles and one State Final Four visit (2018) in the past six years earned them the four points that bring them up from Class 2.
District 2 is loaded with familiar names as Duchesne remains with familiar foes Orchard Farm and St. Charles West, joined now by Christian and Lutheran North join. Lutheran North had District wins in 2019 and a trip to the semifinals in 2018 but the three points accumulated wouldn’t have moved them up. I wrote about Christian’s four straight District wins last week in their match at Lutheran St. Charles so a step up should have been in place. That would seem to indicate that their enrollment figures would have them in Class 1 otherwise.
For MICDS and Westminster Academy, a move into Class 2 from Class 3 should improve their competitiveness. They are joined by St. Clair and Sullivan in District 3
For those who want more details on what the Championship Factor entails and my earlier analysis that pointed to some of the changes we see with today’s release, check out Missouri Classification Changes from late June.