Once high school sports return in Missouri, there will be 11 more state champions crowned each year.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association has announced that more classes of competition will be held in 10 sports, starting with the 2020-21 school year.
Girls golf has the biggest change, increasing from two classes to four.
Nine more sports have one more class than past years – baseball (from five classes to six), boys and girls basketball (five to six), boys golf (four to five), fall softball (four to five), spring softball (one to two), boys and girls tennis (two to three), and volleyball (four to five).
The additional classes will cause some changes in postseason competition.
In golf, state tournament qualifiers will be determined by the district tournament results. In past years, teams and individuals had to advance through district and sectional tournaments to reach the state meet.
The state tennis tournaments – girls in the fall and boys in the spring – will expand to two weekends. The first weekend will have team competition, and the second weekend will have the individual singles and doubles brackets. The format in past years had the team state tourneys on Thursday and singles and doubles on Friday and Saturday.
Baseball will continue to be a weeklong event with more games each day.
Basketball will be two weekends – Classes 1-3 in the first and 4-6 in the second. The second weekend has been for Class 4 and Class 5 in past years.