eagle...Those are great ideas, but you are totally missing a major issue
with High Schools in Utah.People have preferences, whether they are
about what sports program their kid plays in, or what school they go to. If you
want a serious battle in the trenches and some major turnover in school boards,
try shifting school boundaries for something as logical as making the schools
the same size.People will revolt. People forced to go to the new
school will be mad, people forced to absorb the new kids will be mad, the staff
changes to make the schedules fit, get the busses to the right places, get the
right numbers of janitorial staff into place...it isn't as simple as it
looks, and unless everyone is on board, it isn't possible without a LOT of
Here are some thoughts, why can't Salt Lake School district adjust its
boundaries so that West, Highland and East are all in the same classification
and in the same league. Long-time rivalries would more easily be continued.
Orem and Provo have played each other for years and now new
alignment has separated the Orem city schools from Utah County. Why
can't Granite School District adjust its boundaries so that Kearns and
Cyprus are 5A and again in the same league as with other district schools like
Taylorsville and Hunter?Why is Payson 3A when every other Nebo
school is 4A? This makes little sense.Why are Canyon View and Cedar
City in different regions in football? I mean it's a two high school
district, you think the power at be could actually level the schools.Not only are some of the leagues the UHSAA comes up with perplexing but it
seems like some of these issues could be solved at the district level.
Rivalries could be restored and regions making more geographical and competitive
sense could be had.
Always love this type of comment from the big schools.“For
example, in football we have to travel clear to....blah blah blah....which are
all 2 hours away or further.”For 4 years, Duchesne was 2A, and
for 2 of those years, their closest region game was 3 hours away. Rich still has
that scenario, in 1A, the teams nearly ALWAYS travel over 2 hours to a game, and
probably average closer to 4 hours one way once they throw in the crazy idea
that schools an hour beyond Cedar City should be in a region with schools near
Wyoming.Think what that does to an already small gate, or to
kids' time out of school.
This article brings up so good points. I think its something that the UHSAA
needs to look into.I played high school football and basketball in
Ohio during the late 80's and early 90's. In Ohio...reclassification
happens only once every 12 years and then it doesn't really affect schools
as much as it does in Utah.Ohio has conferences comprised of 8
schools that basically are regional neighbors. Schools can be in the same
conference even though they are in different classifications. The conferences
keep longtime regional rivalries in place and the classifications are only used
to keep the playoffs matched fairly with similarly sized schools competing.Just one of the many changes that UHSAA needs to considered in regards
to high school sports!!!
It also brings new rivalriesI'll take a rival in a power
conference over a rival in a non power conference any day.Can anyone
name me some good rivalries involving a power conference team and a non power
conference team?LOL. Good luck!
I could not be happier about Wasatch being in Region 8 with Springville, Spanish
Fork, Provo, Timpview, Maple Mountain, Salem Hills. For the most part I suspect
you'll see geographic rivalries continue, for example Wasatch Basketball
has a game scheduled with Park City in pre-season. I think that it is true that
coaches will need to schedule traditional rivalries and not rely on the region
calender to do that for them. Just like the BYU/Utah hiatus... there might be
alternative reasons behind "taking-a-break" from the rivalry.