Changes aplenty come from CHSAA’s Legislative Council meeting


AURORA | The Colorado High School Activities Association held a Legislative Council meeting on Thursday. Full details on all of the proposals are available at Here are some tidbits from the meeting:

— Beginning in the 2016-2018 cycle, the Classification and League Organizing Committee (CLOC) will divide teams evenly among classification in a given sport. Currently, schools are included in a classification based on student enrollment. New classifications may be on the horizon in girls swimming, girls tennis and girls golf, which currently have competition in only Class 5A and 4A.

— A new mandatory pitch count for baseball was approved, with the implementation pushed back to the 2016 season. Under the new rule, teams would be required to rest for three days after throwing 86-110 pitches in a single day, with two days of rest mandated for a pitcher throwing 61-85 pitchers in a single day and 1 day for those that throw 36-60 pitches in a single day. Pitchers who throw between 0-35 pitchers are not required to have rest. The sub-varsity level has different mandates.

— CHSAA’s current transfer rule remains in place despite several proposals to change it.

— Contact between coaches and athletes now allowed on Sundays via social media.

— Football players will be limited in the number of quarters they can play in a season, less than the 56 currently allowed. The number of quarters allowed will be based on the number of games a team has scheduled, which officials say will bring Colorado more in line with most other states.

— The cross country committee recommended keeping the state cross country championships at the Norris Penrose Events Center in Colorado Springs despite a proposal to change the venue from where its been for the past three years. The ultimate decision comes in June at a Board of Directors meeting.

— The use of iWanamaker scoring system mandated for scoring in all regular season and postseason varsity golf tournaments.

— A tennis report, which includes penalties for ladder-stacking, passed. Ladder-stacking involves teams placing players of higher caliber in lower positions to increase their odds of winning, especially when it comes to qualifying for the state tournament. If multiple complaints are made to the CHSAA about a team ladder-stacking and they are verified, a coach could be placed on restriction and the team barred from postseason play at the position in question.

— Eddie Harnett will be the new president of the Board. Hartnett is the district athletic director for Adams 12 Schools and has been a member of CHSAA’s board of directors since 2012. He will begin his term in June 2015, following Curt Wilson.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel


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jason hoffman
jason hoffman
7 years ago

I think the transfer rules should have some attention. There are circumstances in which a child feels bullied by the people of the school. their are no rules that that say if a child feels bullied by there school, teacher, or coach can transfer and gets to play a sport. There is something very wrong with the rules.