AURORA — The Black Forest League is seeking to add a fourth class of boys soccer, and is set to make a proposal to do just that.
The proposal will come during the January gathering of CHSAA's Legislative Council, which votes on bylaws and committee reports twice a year.
The proposal, which would require approval from a majority of the 72-member body to pass, seeks to add Class 2A to boys soccer beginning with the 2018-20 two-year cycle.
The reasoning behind the push, according to the league, is that 3A is set to have 78 teams — "only nine schools less than girls soccer" currently has combined between its 2A and 3A classes. Girls soccer added a fourth class two seasons ago, and when that decision was made in January 2014, the sport had 74 teams.
"It is good for smaller schools to play for a championship against schools more similar in size rather than schools that range from two times as large up to 15 times as large," the proposal reads.
The soccer committee was briefed on this proposal, and does support it. The Classification and League Organizing Committee also supports the proposal. Those two recommendations may be key ahead of the vote.
Potential hurdles remain, though, include the consideration of equity — namely adding another boys championship.
The Legislative Council meets Jan. 26 at the Radisson Denver Southeast in Aurora. A full agenda and all proposals are available here.
Committee reports needing approval
A number of sport and non-sport committee reports will be voted upon in January. We've had coverage of most of those meetings:
- Football, soccer and baseball are all recommending changes to their RPI percentages.
- Volleyball and softball would like to keep using the standard RPI formula. (Volleyball's also exploring possible changes to its postseason.)
- Cross country is seeking to change the way the 2A state meet is scored.
- The Classification and League Organizing Committee wants to examine a new classification structure.
- Two proposals deal with membership. The first is more of a housekeeping issue to delete a bylaw made irrelevant by changes made last year, and the second would make it so new schools and only gain membership during odd years. The reason behind that is to not unbalance leagues and classifications in the middle of a two-year cycle.
- An administrative proposal seeks to amend bylaw 1640.12, which deals with booster clubs, to add the following language: "Each member school is responsible for the activities of its booster clubs and any violations and penalties that result from lack of oversight."
- The Southwestern League is forwarding a proposal that would change region alignment in 5A by spreading its schools out into three different regions.
- Four new schools are up for initial approval of membership: DSST-College View (in Denver), Golden View Classical Academy (Golden), Stargate School (Thornton), and Victory Prep (Commerce City).
- Three probationary member schools are up for final approval: Caprock Academy (Grand Junction), DSST-Green Valley Ranch (Denver), and Venture Prep (Denver).
- Replacements for five members of the CHSAA Board of Directors will be nominated by various leagues in January.