Principals from the Metro League member schools will vote Friday on a new divisional alignment for the 2014 football season, said Seattle Public Schools athletic director Eric McCurdy. Current 4A schools Garfield, Ballard and Roosevelt will join the 3A league prior to the start of the next school year following reclassification that was finalized in late January.
The divisions, which were formed through the collaboration of McCurdy, league coaches, athletic directors and principals, are tentative until a final vote has been conducted.
Additionally, a football event is being discussed for the second week of the season at Memorial Stadium. Ballard coach Joey Thomas, who initially proposed the idea, and other league coaches are working on a tentative schedule, which currently looks like this:
The same divisions are also being strongly considered for basketball, with one exception — Cleveland and Ballard would switch places. A vote on the breakdown of divisions for basketball will likely come in the next week or two, McCurdy said.
A proposal currently on the table in regards to basketball is for Metro to hold its tournament at a bigger venue, gaining a sponsor and making the event into a showcase for the league’s talent.
In addition to the changes to the football and basketball divisions, McCurdy said the Metro League is in the process of changing the swimming season to better align with the rest of the state. The league currently holds one coed swimming season that takes place in the winter, but a change to that would give female swimmers greater opportunity to compete at the district and state tournaments. The girls state tournament is held in the fall, and the WIAA website lists Nov. 15 as the last day of the season for the 2014-15 school year.
Ballard, Roosevelt and Garfield all have strong swimming programs that attract a large amount of student-athletes. According to McCurdy, city parks and pools have already been contacted and the process to develop schedule has already begun.
In an additional note, McCurdy and Seattle Public Schools agreed to terms on a multi-year deal that will allow Seattle Reign FC to train and play home games at Memorial Stadium.