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CHSAA adds second class for boys lacrosse

Michael Hicks
Special to The Denver Post
Aspen, CO Colorado

AURORA, Colo. – Colorado, get ready to crown another state champion.

The Colorado High School Activities Association’s Board of Control voted 57-8 on Thursday morning to add a second classification for boys lacrosse at the first of two meetings this year.

By passing the amendment, there will be a 4A and 5A classification. Class 4A will be for schools with an enrollment up to 1,410 students, and more than that will be 5A.

This spring, there will be 64 schools playing boys lacrosse across eight leagues with 24 teams making the playoffs. The proposal pitches a 16-team postseason bracket in both classifications, though that ruling hasn’t been finalized.

“The large number between the largest schools and the smallest school made it pretty much impossible for the little schools to compete with the big schools,” CHSAA commissioner Paul Angelico said.

The board also voted on enrollment numbers for the 2012-14 cycle. With a passing vote of 63-2, the board voted for the following enrollment numbers in all sports except football: 1-85 in 1A; 86-240 in 2A; 241-600 in 3A; 601-1,410 in 4A; and 1,411 and up in 5A.

In football, those numbers were 1-80 in 6-man; 81-150 in 8-man; 151-309 in 1A; 310-599 in 2A; 600-1,049 in 3A; 1,050-1,609 in 4A; and 1,610 and up in 5A. Of course, things could change if schools elect to play up in sports, especially in football.

“I will be expecting something to come back in the April meeting because the number of schools that have the opportunity to play up in football if they make those clarifications in April it could change the football numbers,” said Tom Arensdorf, chairman for the classification and league organizing committee.

Arensdorf said the board would have a better picture of where schools want to play once the football committee sets its conferences this fall.

Other amendments voted on include:

• Any school that played down but didn’t qualify for the playoffs or had a winning percentage at or above 50 percent during a two-year cycle would be allowed to request to continue playing at the lower classification for the next cycle.

• A proposal to alter the start of the winter sports season from Dec. 1 to the preceding Wednesday – moving the start of the season to late November if Dec. 1 falls on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday – was passed. This would allow for the same number of full weekends between Dec. 1 and the holiday break.

• A late proposed amendment to relocate the 2A and 3A state football championship games to the home site of the top remaining seed failed, despite a split vote. Chris Cline, the chairman for the football report, stated that the committee will continue discussing the matter.


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