The SPSL 4A pricipals officially accepted Mount Rainier into the league beginning this fall and placed the school in the North Division.
They also determined that either Jefferson or Federal Way will move from the North Division to the South in order to keep a balance of nine teams in each (Decatur is leaving the South Division to drop to 3A).
According to Curtis principal David Hammond, chairman of the SPSL Principals Association, the league is leaving it up to the two schools (both part of the Federal Way School District) to determine which one will make the switch. He said he anticipates a decision within the next 15 to 30 days, although no deadline was set.
The other major decision the group reached today was to sever official ties with the SPSL 3A beginning this fall.
“SPSL 4A will not be connected to the SPSL 3As any more,” Hammond said. “We’ll have our own league.”
Since the inception of the SPSL 3A in 2006, the two leagues have been entwined, utilizing the same handbook. The 4A principals and athletic directors could vote on 3A matters, and vice-versa.
Hammond said the separation should not have a major impact, although a 3A SPSL school that changes classification would no longer be automatically accepted into SPSL 4A. Official application would have to be made.
SPSL 4A will also be separate from the new SPSL 2A being formed.