Football and Basketball classification and district assignments for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons were released by the Missouri State High School Activities Association.
For football, only schools with enrollments of 200 or less may choose to play in the 8-man division. In 11-man football, the largest 32 schools based on student enrollment in grades 9-12 are classified in Class 6, while the smallest 64 schools are assigned to Class 1. The next-largest 64 schools are then classified in Class 2, the next 64 in Class 3, and the next 64 in Class 4. The remaining schools are assigned to Class 5. If two schools form a cooperative partnership, the enrollment of both schools combined are used to determine classification. Beginning with the 2014 season, three schools may co-op in the 8-man class and the combined enrollment remains under 200.
In Basketball, the 128 schools with the smallest enrollments make up Class 1. The next 128 schools would make up Class 2, with the next 128 making up Class 3. The next 96 largest enrollments make up Class 4, while Class 5 includes all of the remaining schools. All ties at any enrollment break remain with the smallest classification. The enrollment breaks are based on the gender with the most registered teams. Enrollments from schools with boys basketball teams were used for this cycle.
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