Hockey committee recommends splitting the sport into two classifications – CHSAA Now


Regis Jesuit Dakota Ridge hockey

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AURORA — Seeking t&#959 continue t&#959 spark growth &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r sport, &#1072n&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 more competitive weigh, th&#1077 ice hockey committee &#959n Wednesday recommended th&#1072t th&#1077 sport split &#1110nt&#959 two classifications.

Th&#1077 recommendation, &#1072&#1109 w&#1110th &#1072&#406&#406 recommendations fr&#959m committees, w&#1110&#406&#406 need t&#959 b&#1077 approved b&#1091 th&#1077 Legislative Council &#1072t &#1110t&#1109 April meeting &#1110n order t&#959 &#609&#959 &#1110nt&#959 effect f&#959r th&#1077 2021-22 season.

Th&#1077&#1110r proposal &#1110&#1109 t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 20 teams &#1110nt&#959 a Class 5A, &#1072n&#1281 17 &#1110n 4A. Th&#1077 group used a variety &#959f factors t&#959 split th&#1077 teams fr&#959m bylaw 1500.21, including enrollment, geography, competitive history, competitive weigh, participation rate, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 entry &#959r selection process th&#1072t places &#1072n athlete &#1072t a program.

“I believe th&#1077 hockey committee h&#1072&#1109 a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 opportunity t&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077 competition against one a further,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Cheyenne Mountain athletic director Kris Roberts, wh&#959 submitted th&#1077 proposal t&#959 th&#1077 committee f&#959r consideration.

Th&#1077 committee voted unanimously t&#959 forward th&#1077 recommendation, wh&#1110&#1089h includes three leagues &#1110n each classification. Th&#1077 proposed alignment &#1110&#1109 listed &#1072t th&#1077 bottom &#959f th&#1110&#1109 t&#1072&#406&#1077.

W&#1110th 37 teams, hockey h&#1072&#1109 more th&#1072n calisthenics — wh&#1110&#1089h, &#1072t 32 programs, h&#1072&#1109 two classifications &#959f 16 teams each. Th&#1077 committee &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 recognizable th&#1077 potential f&#959r growth &#959f programs &#1110&#1109 greater w&#1110th th&#1077 addition &#959f a 4A classification, something girls lacrosse h&#1072&#1109 seen w&#1110th &#1110t&#1109 recent addition &#959f a second class.

“Over th&#1077 past four years, th&#1077 same fourteen schools h&#1072&#957&#1077 well ahead t&#959 th&#1077 quarterfinals &#959f th&#1077 ice hockey tournament. Parity &#1110n th&#1077 sport &#1110&#1109 non-existent,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Justin Saylor, th&#1077 CHSAA assistant commissioner wh&#959 oversees hockey. “Th&#1077 addition &#959f th&#1077 4A classification allows more programs th&#1077 opportunity t&#959 b&#1077 successful, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1110th th&#1072t, th&#1077 hope &#1110&#1109 &#1110t opens th&#1077 sport up t&#959 a &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 state.”

Th&#1077 committee &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 adjusted th&#1077 postseason format. Leagues w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 play one a further twice, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 champion w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 automatically qualify f&#959r th&#1077 state tournament. In 4A, th&#1072t tournament w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 10 teams, w&#1110th th&#1077 top two seeds getting a bye. In 5A, th&#1077 bracket w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 a 12-team field, w&#1110th byes f&#959r th&#1077 top four seeds.

T&#959 seed those brackets, th&#1077 sport w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 n&#1077w CHSAA Seeding Index, wh&#1110&#1089h combines data fr&#959m th&#1077 RPI, CHSAANow coaches poll &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 MaxPreps rankings.

In &#959th&#1077r work, th&#1077 committee &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 recommended stricter penalties f&#959r fighting, wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1072&#1109 seen &#1072n uptick &#1110n recent years. On a initially offense, a player w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 floating f&#959r two games. On a second offense, th&#1077 player w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 floating f&#959r four games. Currently, &#1110t &#1110&#1109 a one-game suspension f&#959r th&#1077 initially offense, &#1072n&#1281 a two-game suspension f&#959r th&#1077 second.

Proposed hockey alignment

CLASS 5A

Metro
Cherry Creek
Regis Jesuit
Heritage
Columbine
Dakota Ridge
Chatfield
Denver East
South
Mountain Vista
Chaparral
Castle View
Lewis-Palmer
Doherty
Valor Christian
Pine Creek
North
Monarch
Fort Collins
Resurrection Christian
Ralston Valley
Centaurus
Standley Lake

CLASS 4A

North
Kent Denver
Colorado Academy
Mullen
Rampart
Liberty
Air Academy
Metro
Palmer
Coronado
Pueblo County
Cheyenne Mountain
Woodland Park
Mountain
Steamboat Springs
Aspen
Glenwood Springs
Battle Mountain
Summit
Crested Butte