The Capital Area Activities Conference has taken the first step toward realigning for the second time in the past year, tentatively agreeing on a basic structure at a meeting of the conference’s athletic directors.
Holt athletic director Rick Schmidt, acting as CAAC president for the 2013-14 school year, said that the ADs agreed that there would be three divisions, and that no division would have more than eight schools.
“The alignment last year, the one we approved in May, had a nine-school Blue division,” Schmidt said. “We don’t think we’ll be able to accommodate nine schools in one division with 21 schools. It just doesn’t work out. Nothing is ever set in stone, but that was a huge consensus among the ADs, including all nine ADs that would have been in that Blue division.”
The tentative agreement among the ADs would have a Blue division of eight schools, a Red with seven and a White with six.
The next step for the conference is for a realignment committee to hammer out specific proposals in time for the next monthly AD meeting on Sept. 11. Any proposal would need the approval of a two-thirds majority of the ADs and then be ratified by a simple majority of the schools’ principals in order to be adopted.
The next meeting of the principals is scheduled for December, but Schmidt said that the issue of realignment would need to be settled sooner than that.
“We would like to bring a proposal in September that gets – not two-thirds – but 100 percent approval from the ADs, and then call a special meeting of the principals and get it finalized in the next month or two,” he said. “We have to get started on scheduling for next year, not so much for league schedules but for non-league contests. Other leagues are now scheduling for 2014-15, especially for football and basketball. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to schedule.”