The CIAC denied an application for Fermi and Enfield’s high school football teams to form a co-op in 2015, a year before the schools will officially merge into a new Enfield High School, according to a report in the Hartford Courant on Monday.
We guess we can’t fault Fermi and Enfield for trying, but this move was doomed from inception.
The CIAC is notoriously strict its co-operative guidelines. According to the CIAC handbook for 2014-15 (page 65), the available football players must be no more than 25 each in grades 10-12 or 32 each in grades 9-12.
If either school’s available players exceed that limit, the CIAC will disband the cooperative. Schools are typically given a one-year grace period.
Fermi and Enfield’s combined numbers were “just a couple higher than the CIAC would allow,” Enfield athletic director Barry Bernstein told The Hartford Courant.
The schools could have used a pass. Fermi, which plays in the CCC, has lost 44 games dating back to November 2010. Enfield, which plays in the Pequot League, was 3-8 last year.
Earlier this year, the CIAC denied an appeal by Ellington/Somers and ordered that cooperative disbanded for 2015.
via Hartford Courant: CIAC denies Enfield, Fermi co-op application