It’s official. The Fort Collins High School football team will drop a division and compete in the Class 4A Longs Peak League starting next season.
The Colorado High School Activities Association’s Legislative Council on Thursday gave its seal of approval to football conference realignment proposals the football committee submitted in early December.
This will mark the first season in the football program’s 108-year history that it will not play at the highest level offered in Colorado.
The Lambkins leave the 5A Front Range League, which still features local schools Poudre, Rocky Mountain and Fossil Ridge. That league added some competitive muscle with the additions of last year’s runner-up, Fairview, as well as strong 4A school Monarch.
In 1A, Resurrection Christian will no longer have to make long treks into rural eastern Colorado, as the Cougars have moved into the newly formed 1A Metro League. Most of the Resurrection Christian football team’s driving will be along the I-25 corridor.
Windsor stays put in the 4A Northern Conference, but will see some new competition this year as Adams City moves in and Greeley Central moves out.
The council also was supposed to issue punishments to two area coaches for violations of the Sunday contact rule in late 2013. The Coloradoan could not confirm with area athletic directors what punishment, if any, had been given.
A Rocky Mountain girls swimming coach and two members of the Fort Collins boys basketball coaching staff were said to have sent emails to players on separate Sundays. CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Bert Borgmann said in December the violation would carry at least a one-game suspension for each coach.
Here are other highlights from the meeting:
Transfers: CHSAA commissioners hedged toward athletically motivated transfers either not happening, or being hard to prove. But CHSAA lawyer Alex Halpern noted the “overwhelming” trend of “athletically motivated transfers” of late, according to a Ryan Casey tweet. “That continues to be a very significant legal issue for us, and one that is occurring again and again,” Halpern said.
Specialized training: CHSAA updated its constitution to prevent schools that offer specialized sports training – like Vail Ski and Snowboard school – from becoming CHSAA member schools.
Play down, for nothing: CHSAA debated a proposal to prevent schools like Coronado, that play down in postseason, from competing for state championships. That proposal was shot down.
No reduction: The 4A Northern League, which houses Thompson Valley and Greeley Central (Windsor plays in the 4A Northern in football, but 4A Tri-Valley in other sports), decided to withdraw a proposal it submitted that would have reduced basketball and volleyball schedules from 23 to 19 games.
Valor 4A: All sports at Valor Christian, except for football, will move down to 4A Jeffco (from 5A Jeffco), and will play in 4A postseason.
Seeding committee: A lot of fuss was made about the 5A football playoffs seeding committee, which was instituted in December when the football committee approved conference changes for 2014-2016. The Legislative Council revisited that Friday, removing the seeding committee. Wild-card points have been used to determine playoff seeding, and that is likely to continue.
Tyler Silvy covers high school sports for The Coloradoan. Reach him at TylerSilvy@coloradoan.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.