UPDATED: Section 1 Football reshaped by BEDS release

1104-2017 NYSPHSAA Sec1 Class AA Football Final - Clarkstown South vs New Rochelle

See updated news of Section 1’s Development League plan at the bottom

The NYSPHSAA has not yet officially released the approved BEDS enrollment numbers for the 2018-19 school year. But I’ve obtained a copy of what they will almost certainly – and it will have a significant impact on each class in Section 1 football.

Among the biggest takeaways is several schools dropping from Class AA to Class A this fall following the state moving the Class AA cutoff from 930 in 2017 to 1,025 in 2018:

GOING FROM CLASS AA to CLASS A (cutoff 1,025)
Spring Valley (1,021)
Fox Lane (1,008)
Clarkstown North (1,006)
Clarkstown South (1,001)
Horace Greeley (951)

GOING FROM CLASS A to CLASS B (cutoff 585)
*Lourdes (559)
Note: Byram Hills (590), Pearl River (588) barely missed cutoff

GOING FROM CLASS B to CLASS C (cutoff 355)
Valhalla (352)

GOING FROM CLASS C to CLASS B (cutoff 355)
*Albertus Magnus (377)

* – All Section 1 private schools in ALL sports are subject to classification review this summer. Section 1 evaluates each individual program on a two-year basis.

Here is a copy of the complete document:

2018-19 School Enrollment Numbers – Final

UPDATED (Feb. 6, 9:15 a.m.): Section 1 is also in the final stages of finalizing a plan for seven schools to go independent. The teams it will include:

Blind Brook
Edgemont
Hastings
Briarcliff
Rye Neck
Irvington
Croton-Harmon

These schools will play each other, as well as tournament-eligible Section 1 opponents at the B, C and D levels.

Eligible for Section 1 titles and state tournament play will only be 3 remaining Class C teams (Valhalla, Dobbs Ferry and Woodlands) and 2 Class D programs (Haldane and Tuckahoe).

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