SWL has three proposals on CHSAA Board of Control agenda

When it comes to making rules and regulations for the Colorado High School Activities Association, it isn’t a single individual in a dark room in a big building in Denver making decisions.

Instead, it’s a 67-member Board of Control that meets today in Denver to discuss and vote on one constitutional, 14 administrative and 15 sport committee proposals. There is also one activity and two policy recommendations.

“There’s a misconception that Denver has all the power, but CHSAA is the schools themselves, we are in charge of making policy,” Palisade Athletic Director and Board of Control member Mike Krueger said. “There is good representation from across the state, and we have a really good system.”

Today, league alignments for 2010-2012 fall and spring sports will be presented.

The Southwestern League has three proposals, one administrative and two competitive, it’s looking to get passed.

The first proposes moving from District 8 to District 1 for the Executive Committee District.

“We make a lot of decisions on appeals, classifications, transfers, eligibility,” said Grand Junction Athletic Director Greg King, who is representative on the Board of Control. “District 8 is all Southern Colorado schools, so they are so far away that it made it hard to communicate.”

The SWL is proposing a change to allow the use of helmets for 7 on 7 football competitions and camps. Grand Junction Athletic Director Greg King said the proposal is based on safety concerns.

“It has become a lot more physical,” King said of 7-on-7 workouts. “You hear horror stories of kids getting concussions, getting knocked to the ground hard, kids blowing shoulders, so we are trying to allow them to wear helmets.”

The SWL is also asking for its golf teams to participate in the region that travels to Grand Junction in 2010, 2014 and 2022.

This year’s meeting has two Sunday contact rules on the agenda.

The first would allow contact between coaches and players on Sundays for voluntary, academic or service-related activities.

“It’s so a coach can have contact that is strictly voluntary not regarded to their sport,” Krueger said. “It’s good because the No. 1 violation is Sunday contact. But there are situations where you need it; we had a golf tournament that would help some kids, and coaches wanted to help, but couldn’t.”

The other Sunday proposal is more controversial, which proposes the elimination of the CHSAA Sunday contact rule, and requires schools to independently determine one day a week where coaches and players could have no contact.

The off day would be the same for all programs at the school and would be in place for the entire school year.

Krueger is not in favor of that rule.

“I’m really anti that one,” Krueger said. “That’s logistics more than anything else. It would be hard trying to track who has what day off and when you get to playoff time, that will be tough.”

Rifle will move from Class 4A to 3A next school year in all sports. Montezuma-Cortez will drop in football from 3A to 2A and will play in the Mountain League. Lake County will enter the Class 1A Western Slope Conference in football.

Other proposals include harsher penalties for student-athletes who transfer for athletic-motivated reasons; requiring a licensed practitioner to sign off after an athlete’s been removed from a contest because of head trauma; and using geography as the primary consideration when determining playoff formats.

“When we sit down as a legislative body, we have to make decisions on what is best for all kids in the whole state,” Krueger said, “not just for our league or our school.”


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