CHSAA approves new basketball classification

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There will be a new classification for high-school basketball starting next season.

The Colorado High School Activities Association’s legislative council passed a committee report April 21 that includes the new classification and a new way for class 2A schools to seed their district tournaments.

CHSAA places teams in classifications based on enrollment. CHSAA does a separate enrollment count for the schools that play football and uses smaller enrollment ranges because so many schools play football

The Jefferson County leagues offered an amendment to do away with the new basketball classification. But they also wanted the council to turn it down to offer more time to do more long-range planning. The leagues got their wish.

“Most of the council voted against this last year,” said Mike Hughes, the athletic director at Lakewood High School. “The intent of our amendment is not to do harm to the 6A proposal. The league is planning to bring this back up next year.”

The committee’s report also continued district playoffs for smaller schools, such as Fort Lupton, Eagle Ridge and Stargate School. Class 2A schools will be able to seed their own district tournaments and steer clear of CHSAA’s seeding guidelines, which include computer rankings and a coaches poll. 

However, a second request to reseed the field after the district round and before the regional round failed. Proponents wanted to account for teams that performed well in the regular season but didn’t so well in district play.

“We want to reseed to avoid some funky first-round matchups,” said High Plains League representative Mike Miller. “We want to have the best teams playing in the semifinals and finals.”

The council also approved an increase in basketball roster sizes from 12 to 14, effective next season.

Colorado High School Activities Association, CHSAA Legislative Council, class 6A, district tournament, district tournament reseeding

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