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Proposal may move area prep squads to different classifications

Jon Mitchell

High school sports teams in Garfield County could find themselves playing in different classifications — or on the lower end of their current classification — when the next two year enrollment cycle begins in time for the 2016-17 academic year, according to a proposal discussed by the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Classification and League Organizing Committee in Aurora on Tuesday.

The proposal, according to a story posted at, focused on evenly distributing teams among classifications. The proposal was based on how Colorado’s wrestling teams redistributed its classification numbers back in April to evenly distribute the number of teams in the state.

Some of the numbers proposed by the CLOC increased the maximum enrollment figures for Class 3A football as well as the minimum enrollment number for Class 2A football. In Class 3A, the current enrollment window of 600 to 1,049 students would increase to 730 to 1,249 students. Class 2A’s enrollment figures would move from the current 301 to 599 student enrollment window to 340 to 729.

The figures would distribute 71 teams among the schools that play 6-man and 8-man football, put 42 teams in Class 1A, 2A, 4A and 5A, and 41 teams in Class 3A. The numbers used by the CLOC were based on this year’s enrollment figures with a 5 percent window for a possible drop or increase in enrollment in the coming two years, according to CHSAA.

Those proposed figures would keep Glenwood Springs (797 students) and Rifle (730) in Class 4A for all sports except football while keeping Coal Ridge (547), Grand Valley (291) and Roaring Fork (333) in 3A. The proposed numbers, however, would drop Glenwood and Rifle near the bottom of the enrollment window for football and possibly drop Roaring Fork down a classification for football, also.

The classification alignment for wrestling, however, drops Rifle down to Class 3A and keeps Glenwood at Class 4A. The cutoff for Class 3A is 276 to 780 students, while the enrollment numbers for Class 4A will go from 781 to 1,410 students. The move, which was made by CHSAA’s Legislative Council back in April, put 53 teams in each classification as opposed to 71 in 4A and 38 in 3A under the old system.

The proposed numbers for track and field could also drop Rifle into Class 3A — which cuts off at 787 students under the new proposal.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale, which has a listed enrollment of 161 students according to the most recent CHSAA directory, likely won’t be effected much since the only CHSAA-sanctioned sports it participates in are boys and girls soccer, skiing and cross country.

All of the proposed moves that were discussed on Tuesday must be approved by CHSAA’s Legislative Council, which is scheduled to meet again in January in Aurora.

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