It looks like football isn't the only high school sport that will undergo major changes in the near future, as plans to move baseball from a Wild Card points system to one where an RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) formula would be used will be discussed by the Legislative Council in January.
The baseball committee forwarded a proposal that would move the sport to the RPI system to determine playoff qualifications earlier in the week, and it could go into effect as early as the 2016 season.
All team sports will eventually move to the RPI system, but if this proposal is adopted, baseball would be the first to use it in the state.
Under the proposal, contests against out-of-state opponents would not count toward a team's RPI, but would count toward the games limit.
For the most part, district and league champions will receive automatic bids into the postseason, while RPI will be used to determine the rest of the field.
For example, the 10 league champions in 4A will automatically qualify for the postseason, while the RPI will determine the rest of the field. The eight league champions with the highest RPI will host the regional round of the tournament.
In 5A, the eight league champs will get an automatic bid, but regional tournament hosts will be determined by the highest RPI, regardless of their league finish.
Ini 3A, he top two finishers in each district would automatically qualify for regionals, with the remaining spots to be determined by RPI.
Unlike the proposed changes in football, these recommendations don't appear to be too radical. Winning your league or district will still assure you a spot in the playoffs, and the best teams will fill out the playoff field. Not including results against out-of-state opponents seems reasonable, as it was always hard to gauge how much those contests should be weighted.
News and notes
• Erie native Jaccob Slavin scored the first point of his NHL career on Dec. 1 when he recorded an assist on the Carolina Hurricanes second goal of a 4-3 loss to the N.Y. Rangers. Slavin, a defenseman who played college hockey at Colorado College, was selected by the Hurricanes in the 4th round (120th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
• A couple of Boulder area legends will be inducted into the Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 2. Sam Pagano, who led the Fairview football team to three state championships during a 21-year career, and Kent Smith, who coached Boulder boys basketball to a pair of state championships, are part of the 2016 class. Ticket prices for the event are $42 per person and reservation forms may be obtained from the CHSCA web site at www.colohsca.org or by e-mailing CHSCA executive director John Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Mead volleyball standout Makayla Morton made her college choice official last Friday, signing a letter of intent with Kansas Wesleyan University. Morton finished the year third in kills in 4A with 416 while helping lead the Mavericks to the state tournament.
• Paul Roberts, a senior from Lyons who won four straight 2A state cross country championships, finished 11th in 15:23 during the Nike Cross Nationals last Saturday in Portland.
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