CHSAA proposal would alter playoffs

Issues facing high schools on the Western Slope could begin with geography, Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann said Wednesday.

The state playoffs are based on a seeding system, where the team with the best record is awarded the top seed. There is a proposed bylaw that would call for playoff seeding to be determined by geography.

“One of the (proposed) bylaws says that geography will become the major factor when developing a playoff format,” Borgmann said. “Right now, Grand Junction might host a school from Jefferson County, a school from Fort Collins at the regional level and they would travel over here.

“Now what would happen is the first and second round will be played in a more geographic setting, which would mean Fruita Monument, Central, Grand Junction and another school are in a district, with only one moving on to Denver.”

Borgmann said the proposal was brought up when gas was more than $4 a gallon, so it might find its way onto the back burner when it comes up for consideration next week at the winter Board of Control meeting.

Borgmann, who was in Grand Junction on Wednesday as part of a state-wide tour he’s making to meet with newspapers’ editorial boards and news editors, said finances are another concern on the Western Slope.

One of the topics Borgmann has a strong opinion on is the competitiveness of Western Slope teams. He acknowledged the athletes on the Western Slope don’t have as many opportunities during the summer with club teams, but added during the season, he feels a lot of the success falls on the coaches.

“Columbine (currently in Class 5A) is 13 kids away from being a 4A school, so how come they are successful?” Borgmann said. “Oftentimes the success of the program is dictated by the person at the top.”

Borgmann added success isn’t just about coaching, that a lot of it has to do with the athletes themselves.

“In high school sports, it is a big cycle,” Borgmann said. “In some schools it is 20 years and in some schools it is three years. It is just the luck of the draw.”

Borgmann’s trip to Grand Junction included a meeting with The Daily Sentinel’s editorial board to familiarize the news and editorial departments with CHSAA.

“We thought maybe a conversation as we go around the state for some of our other meetings (would help),” he said, “so that if something does come up you have a person you can talk to.”


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