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Football in South Dakota
There are six classes of football competition in South
Dakota. The member schools are divided into three
eleven-man classifications and three nine-man
classifications. Teams are classified according to the
Average Daily Membership from the 2000-01 school year.
Teams advance to the state tournament through regional
11-AA: 16 largest
11-A: Next 24 largest
11-B: All remaining
schools, enrollment of 150 or above, that play
9-AA: The top one-third of
all nine-man teams
9-A: The middle one-third
of all nine-man teams
9-B: The bottom one-third
of all nine-man teams
In 11AA football, all teams
quailfy for the first-round play-off games.
In 9-man, 11B
and 11A football, the top
three highest power rated teams in each
region will automatically qualify for the playoffs.
The next four highest power rated teams, regardless of
region, will be selected at-large. An at-large team
that finishes fourth in their region will remain in
their region. An at-large team finishing fifth or
sixth in their region will be moved to a region
geo-graphically relevant. The
at-large teams will
be seeded where their power points rank
within the named
Class 11-A, 11-B, 9-A, & 9-B - formula used to
calculate a school’s Point Average to Date:: Number
of Opponent’s Wins x 3 points x Number of Games on
Your Schedule = Bonus
Points* to Date
Divided by 8 for
*Opponent’s wins are tabulated each week even though
your school has not yet played that opponent. Schools
do not receive bonus points for opponent’s win over
your school. Teams who have an opponent whose 8th game
is after the regular season has ended, will
receive 1.5 bonus points per team played
Points to Date + School Points* to Date = Point
Average to Date
Divided by number of games actually played to date
*School Points: Each team will receive: 50
points win over upper division team.
45 points win over same or lower division team.
30 points loss to
upper division team. 25
points loss to same or lower division team.
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