Next week, the Classification and League Organizing Committee will finalize the alignment for the 2014-16 cycle. The agenda, released today, revealed a number of interesting situations the committee will discuss next Tuesday.
If you missed our Q&A with CLOC chair Tom Arensdorf, it's a good way to get caught up on how CLOC works.
That said, let's dive in.
League Changes (pdf)
Valor Christian may soon find a home for its non-football sports. The school has requested to join the Centennial League, but it is worth noting that Valor's teams would remain in Class 4A.
Though a Centennial League vote has already said no -- basing it on Mullen's decision to remain in the league -- it shows how strong the Eagles' desire is to get in a league that they are willing to join arguably the toughest 5A league as a 4A school.
Aside from that, though, the Centennial League schools are in close proximity of Valor Christian. The furthest school would be Cherokee Trail at a little more than 19 miles away.
A "no" vote from the league doesn't necessarily mean the move won't happen -- it just means it won't be as easy as league changes other schools are making. CLOC has the final say on league alignment. If Valor's move is approved, it would give a nine-team Centennial League two private schools.
Additionally, of note:
- Broomfield is seeking to move from the Northern to the Front Range League. Both leagues have signed off on the move, which is sparked by the Eagles' move to 5A in all sports but football.
- Canon City and The Classical Academy are both seeking entrance to the 4A Colorado Springs Metro League. TCA's move is because enrollment numbers are bumping the school up to 4A.
- Holy Family is hoping to move from the Patriot to the Mile High League because of an enrollment bump which has them going to 3A.
- Littleton is seeking a change from the 5A Continental to 4A Jefferson County. This is another move on the heels of a class change.
Playdown requests (pdf)
Among the schools that have requested to play down in certain sports:
- Adams City football (5A to 4A)
- Aurora Central football (5A to 4A)
- Boulder softball (5A to 4A)
- Central (G.J.) football (4A to 3A)
- Denver North football (3A to 2A)
- Greeley West boys soccer (5A to 4A)
- Miami-Yoder football (8-man to 6-man) as well as baseball, boys/girls basketball and volleyball (2A to 1A)
- Montbello girls soccer (5A to 4A)
- Montezuma-Cortez football (3A to 2A)
- Nederland football (1A to 8-man)
- Niwot football (4A to 3A)
- South Park football (8-man to 6-man)
- Four new schools are seeking membership. They are: Caprock Charter Academy in Grand Junction, which is seeking to join either the San Juan or Western Slope League at the 1A or 2A level; Denver School of Science & Technology - Green Valley Ranch, which is hoping to join the Metro, Frontier or Confluence leagues in 3A; Venture Preparatory School in Denver, which will be 3A; and the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, which still needs to determine its classification. Based on the enrollment, however, Vail Ski & Snowboard will likely be 1A or 2A.
- In addition, there are 14 schools which have either inquired about CHSAA membership or have been sent information regarding membership.