This season five teams have moved up in class. Not because of enrollment, but because they’ve been successful in the state tournament. Introduced this season is a rule that requires all schools that can draw talent from any town other than the one they are located in, like private and project choice schools, to move up a class if they reach the quarterfinals two out of the last three seasons. If they go three out of the last three seasons, they must move up two classes. After they’ve moved up, if they fail to reach the quarterfinals in two, or three, of the next three seasons, they will move back down.
Some are calling this the “Capital Prep Rule,” because of how the Trail Blazers ran through the Class S tournament, picking up victories of 79-21 over Old Saybrook, 100-27 over and 94-36 over Morgan. Some coaches say its fair, some unfair. Read below to see what some of the state’s coaches think of the new rule.
Haddam-Killingworth coach Jim Bombaci thinks the new rules are…: An improvement.
Why?: Public schools not punished for having a good season.
Foran coach Scott Nails thinks the new rules are…: In place (Capital Prep Rule), because CIAC doesn’t want to see a team like (Capital Prep) beat up on teams like Morgan & Thomaston. They complained, so now the Class S Championship is safe. Where were these rules when Hillhouse won 3 in a row or Career made it to the finals for a number of years? They were Class L or LL. When Capital Prep started in the CSC they were getting beat soundly ever game. Why no rule changes until they start winning? Ansonia dominates Class S in football every year, but still no rule changes.
Where are these rules in any other sports in CT except basketball? Notre Dame (Fairfield) was in the Class M final last year, but this year Class S? Too inconsistent with rules. We should talk about the other issues 1st that should be addressed:
1. Starting the Monday before Thanksgiving. (Too Late)
2. In the State Tournament pairings all private, magnet or school of choice put together. 5 of 8 teams in the State Championship games were schools of choice. 3 schools were all in the previous year (Capitol Prep, Mercy & Bacon Academy).
Hand coach Tim Tredwell thinks the new rules are…: What they are.
Why?: No matter what system exists, people will be unhappy. Should private schools/schools of choice be in their own tournament while public schools are in another? Maybe. Should we go back to old school Indiana high school rules and throw everyone in one big tournament? Why not? I’m not an administrator and I don’t make the rules. I’m a coach. Tell me who we play and we’ll get after it.
Derby coach Dave Chevarella thinks the new rules are…: Okay
Why?: Schools that can draw players from other towns should have different standards than public schools.
Sheehan coach Mike Busillo thinks the new rules are…: Fair
Why?: I’m not happy that we are class L with an enrollment of just over 450, but it is what it is. I’d like to see a team like Capital Prep with the choice to go to LL, if they wanted to.
Ansonia coach Patrick Lynch thinks the new rules are…: Not bad, but all private schools should still have their enrollment doubled.
Why?: Private schools can select/recruit from the entire state or at least a 30-45 minute distance from their school to bring any student/athlete to their school, so unless you let them have their own tournament, then their enrollment should be at least doubled or have them all play in Class LL or L.
Amity coach Michelle Martinik thinks the new rules are…: Great.
Why?: It is not fair for schools that can “recruit” to be in with schools with 200 girls. However, this is putting all the good “choice” schools in LL which will lead to schools that are not a choice, but have a good team that year, almost impossible to win.
Mercy coach Tim Kohs thinks the new rules are…: An improvement over the previous system.
Why?: The fact that you have to have some level of success in order to move up is better than doubling the enrollment of every school of choice. Many teams were forced up without being a dominant or even competitive team in their actual classification.
SOUND OFF (Closes 12/13 noon)