Narrowing field in basketball one of items on agenda at CHSAA Board of Control meeting

Thursday’s Colorado High School Activities Association annual spring meeting could take on a bit of a schizophrenic tone.

In an attempt to offset budget woes brought on, in part, by the current economic climate, the executive committee will propose the reduction of the number of contests in each of 17 CHSAA-sanctioned sports by 10 percent beginning in the 2010-11 school year.

Conversely, the Centennial League is proposing three games be added to baseball and softball schedules and increase the maximum innings allowed for pitchers.

Those are among the items up for vote at the Board of Control spring meeting at the Red Lion Hotel-Denver Southeast.

Also expected to generate much discussion is the report from the board’s basketball committee.

The committee approved changes for the next athletic cycle in Class 1A, adopting a format by which three teams from each of eight district tournaments advance to a 24-team state tournament bracket. That’s down eight teams from the current 32-team format.

In Class 5A, the first three rounds of games will be played at the higher seeds. In 4A, first-round games are at the higher seed; second-round and Sweet 16 games will be played at the home site of the four No. 1 seeds.

At Tuesday’s Colorado Athletic Directors Association Western Slope outreach meeting in Grand Junction, concern was raised about a 32-team playoff bracket in all classifications.

Norwood Athletic Director Keith Williams raised the issue of major travel expenses for playoff games for lower-classification teams traveling cross-state, especially in the early rounds. He suggested that cutting the state playoffs back to a 16-team regional bracket to be narrowed to eight by the state tournament would be more economical.

The Class 4A Western Slope League is expected to propose at next year’s CHSAA winter meeting to return to district tournaments rather than seeding the 4A state tournaments in a 32-team bracket.

“I’m in big favor of going back to district tournaments,” Palisade Athletic Director Mike Krueger said. “You have fan interest, you have rivalries.”

The Western Slope League is making an administrative proposal to add a Class 3A classification in girls tennis. Currently, the state has two tennis classifications. Adding a third for schools up to 585 students would affect approximately 20 Class 3A schools.

An administrative proposal by the Centennial League will undoubtedly stir up debate. The proposal would eliminate Colorado’s no-contact rule between coaches and athletes on Sunday.

Under the proposal, schools or school districts would be allowed to select a 24-hour period during the week as off time.

The 24-hour time off could change from sport to sport and even from week to week, which follows current NCAA regulations.

Arguments against the proposal include the reality that it would be nearly impossible to monitor by CHSAA.

The Western Slope League is proposing that if two teams from the Western Slope play in the state football championship game in class 3A or 2A, that game would be played at Stocker Stadium.


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