Con­fer­ences to ad­just for­mats

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle New­man

The CHSAA foot­ball com­mit­tee re­leased its pro­posed align­ments for the next two-year cy­cle at its meet­ing Thurs­day in Aurora, with the most marked change be­ing that con­fer­ences are go­ing back to a more tra­di­tional for­mat.

That means the abol­ish­ment of the “wa­ter­fall” sys­tem in Class 5A, where the foot­ball com­mit­tee rec­om­mends the clas­si­fi­ca­tion be split up into five con­fer­ences of six schools based off ri­val­ries and ge­og­ra­phy, with an ad­di­tion of a sixth con­fer­ence con­sist­ing of 10 pro­grams need­ing to re­build.

For the 5A play­offs, the

New-look lineup

com­mit­tee pro­posed ex­pand­ing the field to 24 teams, with the top eight seeds get­ting a bye. Au­to­matic play­off qual­i­fi­ca­tion is granted to the six league cham­pi­ons, with the next 17 slots de­ter­mined by the Rat­ings Percentage In­dex (RPI) and one slot left open for an at-large se­lec­tion.

The pro­pos­als are now set to be of­fi­cially voted on at the CHSAA Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil meet­ing Jan. 25.

The align­ments were “de­vel­oped through a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort based on feed­back from coaches, ad­min­is­tra­tors, con­fer­ence czars and foot­ball com­mit­tee mem­bers over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years,” ac­cord­ing to CHSAANow.com. Here is the CHSAA com­mit­tee’s rec­om­mended align­ments for 5A, 4A and 3A. Some of these con­fer­ence names are place­hold­ers: North: Fairview, Hori­zon, Legacy, Fos­sil Ridge, Poudre, Rocky Moun­tain

Metro West: Ar­vada West, Columbine, Lake­wood, Pomona, Ralston Val­ley, Mullen

South: Regis Je­suit, Cha­parral, Dou­glas County, Legend, Foun­tain-Fort Carson, Do­herty

Metro South: Valor Chris­tian, High­lands Ranch, Moun­tain Vista, Thun­derRidge, Rock Canyon, Cas­tle View

Metro East: Chero­kee Trail, Cherry Creek, Ea­gle­crest, Grandview, Over­land, Ara­pa­hoe

10: Den­ver East, Smoky Hill, Rangeview, Adams City, Far North­east, West­min­ster, Boul­der, Moun­tain Range, Prairie View, North­glenn

CLASS 4A

North­ern 1: Wind­sor, Broom­field, Gree­ley West, Long­mont, Moun­tain View, Brighton

North­ern 2: Monarch, Love­land, Sil­ver Creek, Skyline, Fort Collins, Gree­ley Cen­tral

Metro 1: Dakota Ridge, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Chat­field, Bear Creek, Grand Junc­tion

Metro 2: Pon­derosa, Den­ver South, Aurora Cen­tral, Heritage, Gate­way, Mon­trose

Metro 3: Cen­tau­rus, Vista PEAK, Hink­ley, Thorn­ton, Stan­d­ley Lake, Fruita Mon­u­ment

South­ern 1: Pine Creek, Vista Ridge, Mesa Ridge, Cheyenne Moun­tain, Palmer, Grand Junc­tion Cen­tral

South­ern 2: Pue­blo West, Air Acad­emy, Lib­erty, Coron­ado, Ram­part, Wide­field North Cen­tral 1: Ge­orge Washington, Ev­er­green, Conifer, John F. Kennedy, Abra­ham Lin­coln, Green Moun­tain

North Cen­tral 2: Mead, Holy Fam­ily, Fred­er­ick, Den­ver North, Skyview, North­field

North Cen­tral 3: Roo­sevelt, Erie, Fort Morgan, Northridge, Thomp­son Val­ley, Ni­wot

South­ern: Dis­cov­ery Canyon, Palmer Ridge, Lewis-Palmer, Lutheran, Lit­tle­ton, Thomas Jef­fer­son

South­ern 2: Mitchell, Sand Creek, Fal­con, Har­ri­son, Sierra, Cañon City

South­ern 3: Pue­blo Cen­ten­nial, Pue­blo East, Pue­blo South, Pue­blo County, Pue­blo Cen­tral, Du­rango

Cen­tral West: Pal­isade, Sum­mit, Bat­tle Moun­tain, Glen­wood Springs, Ea­gle Val­ley, Steam­boat Springs

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