The final of two Colorado High School Activities Association Legislative Council Meetings is slated for Thursday, April 17, at the Radisson Hotel/Red Lion Inn in Aurora, located at I-225 and Parker Road. The Meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. and will be aired live on CHSAA.tv. The CHSAA Board of Directors will meet Wednesday, April 16 in advance of the meeting.
The CHSAA Legislative Council is the body that determines the rules for the student participants in the state of Colorado and its 73 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 three administrative proposals, three sports and one activities proposals, along with four administrative committee reports, two activities committee reports and eight sport committee reports. In addition, the Legislative Council will vote on nominations to replace members on the Board of Directors and for President of the Board of Directors.
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:
Administrative Proposals – (Requires majority vote to pass, unless otherwise noted)
ADM-2 – Transfer Rule – The CHSAA Board of Directors is recommending a change in wording in the Transfer Rule to say “when the definition of a hardship has been met” so that it requires the that all conditions of a hardship be met prior to a school submitting one for consideration by the Commissioner. The new wording clarifies the intent of the by-law and emphasizes that a waiver may be submitted only when the criteria has met the definition of a hardship.
ADM-3 – Appeals Procedure – Submitted by the CHSAA Board of Directors, this proposal adds a sentence indicating that PER STATE LAW, arbitration can only take place after all the steps in the CHSAA appeals process have taken place. It is designed to clarify what already is require under state statute.
Budget/Property Administration (Final Reading) – The committee has proposed freezing participation fees for 2015-16 school year at the 2014-15 level.
Sportsmanship – The committee has recommended a continuation of the regional sportsmanship summits and is encouraging additional summits. The CHSAA has contracted with Positive Coaches Alliance and access to that program is available for leagues.
Tournament and Playoff Finance – The committee is proposing a raise of $1 in adult ticket prices at the district and regional levels to help offset the costs of running those tournaments for schools.
Basketball – The committee made adjustments in all classifications to reflect changes in enrollments. The regional format in 2A was changed to reflect a desire by the membership to have boys’ and girls’ teams at the same regional sites. The 3A format was adjusted to reflect the addition of the Confluence League, while the 4A format was changed to from 48 qualifiers to 32. Also, Class 4A will play its Great 8 games at home sites. All changes reflect information gathered from school administrators in a survey last fall.
There is an amendment from the Jefferson County League to maintain the 4A qualifiers at 48 teams due to the large number of schools in the classification.
The Lower Platte League is amending the 2A regional portion of the report to create a regional format that would create three regions (northeast, southeast, western), putting three districts in the NE and SE and giving three state qualifiers to those regionals, while limiting the state qualifiers from the W region to two.
The Southwestern League is amending the 5A portion of the report to create a one-day seeding window for the selection/seeding committees, rather than two days. All other classifications seed over a one-day period, as well.
Football – The Colorado Springs Metro 5A, Continental and Jefferson County leagues have submitted a proposal to change the seeding process for 5A football. The proposal is a collaborative effort of 5A leagues to allow for more flexibility in seeding the 32 teams that qualify for the bracket through Wild Card Points. The bracket will be seeded in quadrants and each quadrant will have eight seeds. Conference champions will be guaranteed of a first round home game by being seeded in the top 16. Additional seeding criteria will include an RPI ranking system developed by RockyPreps. The proposed seeding will provide flexibility in avoiding conference match-ups, yet maintaining appropriate seeding within the quadrants.
The Frontier League has submitted an amendment to the track report that would free up the 12th week of the season for a state qualifying meet. Currently the 12th week is limed to league championship meets.
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, April 11 at 4:00 p.m.