Major changes were made to three existing sports and four others were added by the Missouri High School Activities Association in a series of ballot initiatives approved by a majority of the state's high schools.
The three established sports affected were track and field, softball and football.
Starting next spring, track and field will go from four classes to five. This stands to benefit Maryville High School which currently operates on the low end of Class 3 and competes against schools like Grandview in the post-season that have more than double their enrollment.
The Hounds stayed Class 3 in baseball once it expanded to five classes last year, while all six of the larger MEC schools moved up.
The other track and field teams in Nodaway County should remain in Class 1.
Another change that passed by nine votes allows schools to have the option of holding their championship softball season in the fall or spring. Most currently play in the fall.
The start of football season and practice was moved up a week, beginning in 2014. This will allow the playoffs to be spaced out so that each round takes place a week apart. Currently, schools in Classes 1-5 play their first three playoff games in less than a two-week span.
Also passing was a new rule that will allow 8-man schools to form a cooperative sponsorship as long as the combined enrollment isn't above 200 students.
Non-playing football schools Jefferson and Northeast Nodaway are already involved in this type of arrangement. Jefferson partners with South Nodaway and Northeast Nodaway is aligned with Worth County.
Formerly spare-time activities, bowling, chess, fishing and target shooting were added as "emerging activities" by MSHAA and schools can start forming MSHSAA-sponsored teams in those sports next year.
A state-championship series for each of the four could come about if at least 50 schools from three of the state's eight districts create teams.
This change and others were voted upon by 69 percent of the state's schools.
"They probably won't have a whole lot of affect on us," said Maryville activities director Paul Snow. "We're kind of middle of the road anyway as far as enrollment."