Annual Hall of fame Banquet Slated for January 30
Aurora, Colo. – The first of two Colorado High Activities Association Legislative Council Meetings is slated for Thursday, January 29, at the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, located at I-225 and Parker Road. The Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be aired lived as part of the NFHS Network.
The CHSAA Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 includes four-time champion Jonathan Archuleta (Alamosa) and the legendary undefeated Manual High School Boys’ Team from 1966, along with Bernie Goss, a wrestling official and all-sports officials assignor from Grand Junction. Joining those three entries into the hall are girls’ athletics pioneer and Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports founder Helen McCall, former media maven Marcia Neville and Dr. Darwin Strickland, who for 50 years has been the physician for high school athletes in Adams County District 12. The Hall of Fame will be aired lived as part of the NFHS Network/Colorado.
To access all Colorado NFHS Network Broadcasts, CHSAANow.com has a direct link to the site; select Colorado and then the event that is desired.
Prior to the CHSAA Hall of Fame dinner, the CHSAA Board of Directors will be meeting at the hotel, starting at 8:00 a.m.
The CHSAA Legislative Council is the body that determines the rules for the student participants in the state of Colorado and its 75 members represent all the individual athletic conferences, along with representatives from the Colorado Association of School Boards, Colorado Athletic Directors Association and Colorado Association of Secondary School Administrators. They will be voting on two constitutional proposals, 10 administrative proposals and one sports/activities proposals, along with four administrative committee reports, one activities committee report and 10 sport committee reports. In addition, the Legislative Council will hear nominations to replace members on the Board of Directors and nominations for Board President.
All Proposals and Committee reports that will be voted on can be found on the CHSAA website (www.CHSAANow.com) under School Info. The following are brief descriptions of the agenda items:
Constitutional Proposals (requires 2/3 majority vote to pass)
C-1 – Member Schools – This proposal provides for a firm definition of what a school is for membership purposes. This proposal comes from the CHSAA Board of Directors
C-2 – Board of Directors – This proposal from the CHSAA Board of Directors calls for the addition of two members to the CHSAA Board of Directors. One of the at-large members must be female, while the second must be a minority, who may also be female. The proposal sets ups the parameters from which district these members will be selected and the rotation of terms.
Administrative Proposals – (Requires majority vote to pass, unless otherwise noted)
ADM-1 – Classification of Schools – This by-law proposal from the Western Slope revises the rules by which schools may elect to play down in classification. The major changes include requiring a school wishing to play down for a second competitive cycle, it must have a a winning percentage of 50% or below. Additionally, regardless of year, any school electing to play down will be ineligible for the playoffs in that sport.
ADM-2 – Coaches Required to Attend Rules Meetings – Submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors, this proposal would require all coaches to attend a rules clinic sponsored jointly by the CHSAA and coaches’ association prior to the start of the first interscholastic contest. The rule will be mandatory and non-compliance carries restriction penalty on the coach.
ADM-3 – General Eligibility Requirements – From the Colorado Springs Metro 4A League, this proposal would change the fall academic eligibility regain date from the sixth Thursday after Labor Day to a mandatory participation consequence for boys’ golf and tennis, along with girls’ softball. In essence for the sports that have shorter seasons than the other fall sports, it would require that the academically ineligible student miss the first 50% of that sports contests. If the student is academically eligible at that point, the student could begin play.
ADM-4 – General Eligibility Requirements – The CS Metro 4A has also submitted this by-law proposal which would make the language from the previous proposal with that of the language in a different by-law.
Editor’s Note: Proposals ADM-5, ADM-6 and ADM-7 all address the CHSAA transfer rule. In the event that more than one of these rules passes, the last one passed will be one implemented in the 2015-16 school year.
ADM-5 – Transfer – This proposal from the Denver Prep League would create a consistent 50% penalty on all transfers, regardless of type of transfer. There would be no appeal granted for any transfer, nor would there be any transfer that would result in 100% ineligibility.
ADM-6 – Summer Transfer – This proposal from the CHSAA Board of Directors moves the current consequence from the first 50% of the season to the last 50% of the season and inclusive of the playoffs, so any non-bona fide family move transfer over the summer would result in the player having sub-varsity eligibility for the first 50% of the season, but then having varsity eligibility for the last half of the season and playoffs. All athletic transfer rules and hardship waivers would be remain in place.
ADM-7 – Summer Transfer – From the CHSAA Board of Directors, any transfer from one school to another would result in sub-varsity eligibility only. The CHSAA hardship rules would remain in place.
ADM-8 – Sunday Contact – The CHSAA Board of Directors has submitted a clarification of what schools and coaches can do with social media on Sundays. Under this clarification, contact through social media (such as Twitter and Facebook) would be permitted as long as no call to action is included in the missive. A call to action is a message that contains a request for the recipient to follow through on a request on a Sunday. Additionally, group texts to teams on Sunday which include administrators are permitted, but individual messages are not. NOTE: All of the above remains subject to school district policies which would supersede the CHSAA clarification.
ADM-9 – Registered Officials List – This proposal submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors is a clarification of the current CHSAA policy in use currently when registering officials.
ADM-10 – Officials Conduct – The CHSAA Board of Directors is submitting a second clarifying proposal which notes that any registered official may be suspended and/or banned from the CHSAA list of registered officials by a recommendation from the officials’ governing board.
S-1 – Maximum Quarters Individual – This proposal from the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference changes the number of quarters allowed in football for individual players. Based on safety needs established through research provided by nationwide surveys, this proposal establishes limits on player participation quarters in the sport.
There are no Activities proposals.
Budget/Property Administration Committee (First reading) – The Budget Committee is recommending a continued gradual increase in the service and participation fees for 2015-17, with the increases equating to 1.5% next year and 1.02% the year following. With continually rising costs of facilities and post-season ticket sales remaining stagnate, there is a need to maintain a minor increase in dues and fees.
Classification and League Organization Committee – The CLOC is recommending classification enrollment ranges for the 2016-18 competition cycle, but notes these may be amended at the committee’s November 2015 meeting. The ranges are based on a balancing of the numbers in each classification based on Boys’ Basketball enrollment numbers. Additionally, the committee is recommending that seven new schools be admitted and confirmed the full membership status of five schools that have served their three-year probationary period. The committee also recommends DSST-Green Valley Ranch and Venture Prep membership in the Confluence League.
Coaching Education & Registration Committee – The committee strengthened two policies regarding reporting of Coaches Test Report Results and Coaching Professional Development Program lists to the CHSAA office. Failure to meet the established dates will result in late fees being applied and the inability of schools to register new coaches.
Officials Fees Committee – The committee is recommending clarification in the fee structure for dual wrestling tournaments that exceed 8 hours in length and clarified the fees for tournaments with 1-4 mats and those with 5-7 mats, noting that in the first, the tournament shall hire one more official than the number of mats and in the second, two more officials than the number of mats. Finally, the committee has noted that all varsity cross country meets shall have at least one registered official at the meet.
Student Leadership – No major changes proposed. The CHSAA Student Leadership Camp is slated for July 27-30 at Colorado State University (Fort Collins), while the CHSAA Student Leadership Conference is slated for Discovery Canyon High School on October 16-17.
Baseball – The Baseball Committee is recommending a change in pitching regulations, going from innings limits to a pitch count limit. Additionally, in all classes utilizing Wild Card points, the final cutoff date for MaxPreps information will be May 5 at noon MDT. No changes or appeals will be heard following that date. The rationale for the changes in pitching are related to player health and safety, based on research provided by the NFHS Sports Medicine Committee and other baseball resources which indicate that greater care needs to be given to pitch counts. The change in Wild Card reporting is to ensure that questions related to reported games are addressed prior to that point.
Cross Country – There are no major changes. The committee did note that the State Cross Country Site will be available for a walk/run through on the Friday before the state meet. The State Meet will remain at the Norris Penrose Center for the next four years.
Field Hockey – The committee has recommended a change in the overtime procedures at the state tournament.
Football – The committee has provided its support of the quarters recommendation coming from the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference, The committee forwarded recommendations in the wild card defeat points tables in all classifications, established a media zone five yards outside each side of the coaching box and in 5A, added language to help that when two like seeds meet in a contest and have equal home contests to that point, a coin flip will determine which team is the host. Other recommendations made by the committee include adding clarifying language for seeding purposes in 2A and 3A and then noted that when an A6 team forfeits a contest it will receive zero defeat points for that game, but its opponent will receive appropriate victory points for the win.
Golf – The committee has recommended making the use of iWannamaker Golf Scoring System mandatory for all regular season and post season events. The committee also recommended that the USGA Modified Stableford Modified Scoring System be employed in as many regular season events as possible to help with pace of play. The committee re-aligned the 3A boys’ gold regionals for in terms of members and strength of golf schools. The committee also clarified the seeding of the 5A Boys and Girls regions and the availability of a private course if it will be used for a post season event, noting that at least two practice rounds must be provided for teams in those tournaments held at the private course.
Gymnastics – The committee is recommending that the 7th and 8th place finishers at the state meet be awarded medals instead of ribbons.
Soccer – The committee is recommending that the 7-1-5 Mercy Rule in the NFHS Rule book be mandatory and must follow the steps listed in the CHSAA Soccer Bulletin. This change will be effective immediately.
Softball – The committee is recommending that 18 teams qualify for the state tournament, with 5 being the regular season district champions, 5 being the runners-up in each of those districts and 8 will be at-large teams. In 4A and 5A, the committee is recommending a change in the way sites are determined by the host teams for those events, establishing a priority list for approved sites. Host schools that cannot meet those requirements shall relinquish their ability to host.
Tennis – The committee is recommending corrective action for those teams that have two or more complaints filed against their teams’ lineups during the season. A committee will evaluate the players in question during a match and if a team is found to be stacking its lineup, sanctions could be applied. The committee also provided its support for three classifications in the sport for the sport in the next cycle.
Volleyball – The committee’s sole major change is a recommendation to make all matches at the state tournament best 3 of 5, allowing the teams that qualify to play full matches at state regardless if those matches will have an impact on pool play.
The Legislative Council will start at 8:30 a.m. with its traditional Speak Out session where members of the public may ask to speak to the Legislative Council on pertinent issues. Speakers are limited to five minutes and may gain access to the podium by contacting CHSAA’s Bethany Brookens (303) 344-5050 by Friday, January 23 at 4:00 p.m.