By secret ballot announced Thursday by the Arkansas Activities Association, administrators at Class 6A schools have amended their power ranking system for all sports.

The Class 6A principals voted 14-2 to adopt a new power rating system for all sports for the 2011-2012 school year.

Claude Smith, principal at Searcy High School and the president of the Class 6A principal’s organization, notified the Arkansas Activities Association of the vote count on Thursday.

The new policy, which affects 7A because 7A and 6A schools are combined geographically for conference play, then split into different classifications for playoffs, will be effective immediately. The old power rankings affect Conway High’s football team last season. The Wampus Cats shared a 7A conference title but didn’t get a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs because 6A member West Memphis had a higher power ranking while playing primarily a 6A schedule.

The amendments are:

Teams get points for the opponent’s wins that a team beats in conference only.

A win would count as only 10 points in all sports in order to be consistent.

6A schools would receive two points for each 7A school played within the conference only.

Take all teams to the state tournament, like the process for basketball.