A move that many had expected was made official this week.

The UIL will be creating split divisions in Classes 2A through 6A for the baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, and soccer playoffs.

So instead of having just six state champions like in previous years, this season will now have 11.

“I think it's good," Gunter head baseball coach Daryl Hellman said. "It does open up that possibility of a team that never would’ve been able to get that far, even have a chance.”

The biggest winners appear to be the smaller schools in each district, like Denison, who would now face more comparable sized opponents in the playoffs.

“We are at such a disadvantage because we don’t have the numbers like Melissa has or the numbers like McKinney North has," Denison head softball coach Chris Anderson said. "So it’s going to help us in the long run there.”

Unlike the football model, districts are not pre-divided.

Instead the four playoff schools from each district will be split up into Division 1 and Division 2 brackets based on enrollment.

“It definitely throws a kink into things with us being in the middle," Tom Bean boys basketball coach Blaze Blain said. "We could go up. We could go down.”

Pottsboro girls basketball coach Aaron Bates believes scenarios like that could bring an unpopular trend from the pros to the high school level.

“Those schools that are third, fourth, fifth in enrollment in districts, they're going to be in some awkward situations sometimes because it's almost beneficial for them to lose to bigger schools in their district, so they can go Division II," Bates said.

With a round of playoffs being eliminated due to the split divisions, there’s still no clarity on whether regional tournaments will still exist for basketball or whether the state semifinals will be split away from the state tournament.

Despite those question marks that remain, one thing is for sure. Everyone’s chance at winning a state title just went up.

“I think it’s something that we can go back to our players and say there’s a better chance of getting back to Round Rock,” Hellman said.

“I do think it’s good," Bates said. "Having double state champions is good. I’m looking forward to it.”