LIVE OAK — The Florida High School Athletic Association has announced its news classifications for spring sports for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school year.

Locally, there will be changes to baseball, softball, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and boys weightlifting.

After competing in Class 5A previously, the Suwannee baseball and softball teams have been moved to Class 4A. Joining Suwannee baseball in District 2 will be Ridgeview, Santa Fe, Clay and Baker County.

SHS softball will be in District 2 with Ed White High, Paxon and Baker County.

The Class 2A SHS tennis teams will be in District 2 with Rickards, Walton, Wakulla, Godby, Baker County and Santa Fe.

Suwannee track will also compete with Class 2A schools. Joining them in District 1 will be Godby, Gadsden County, Marianna, Florida High, Taylor County, Chipley, Madison County and Holmes County.

SHS boys weightlifting will compete in Class 1A and District 4. Local teams Lafayette and Hamilton County are also in the district, as well as Madison County, Florida High, Wakulla, Rickards, Fort White and Union County.

Other changes

As previously announced, there will be a new playoff system in place next year for Class 2A-7A teams. No longer do district runners-up automatically qualify for the playoffs. Only district champions in baseball, softball, soccer, basketball and volleyball automatically make the state tournament.

The other playoff berths in the region will be determined by MaxPreps rankings.

Also, district teams will not be required to play each other in the regular season.

In Class 1A rural, the old system will remain in place with district champions and district runners-up advancing to the playoffs.

Branford, Lafayette and Hamilton County

The Buccaneers, Hornets and Trojans have been moved to the same district in baseball. They will be in District 6 which also contains Fort White, Union County and Hilliard.

In softball, Hamilton County will be in District 5 with Hilliard, Madison County and Union County. Lafayette and Branford will be in District 6 with Bell, Taylor County and Fort White.

In boys and girls track, all three area teams will be spread out. HCHS is in District 2, Lafayette is in District 3 and Branford is in District 5.

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Mike Jones is a sports writer for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press in North Florida.