WHSAA Releases ADM Numbers for 2014-15 and 2015-16 School Years
The 2013-2014 school year is about to start in both the classrooms and on the field of play...and it's already time to start thinking about the next 2 school years.
That can only mean it's time again to talk about the often debated topic of...RECLASSIFICATION!
The Wyoming High School Activities Association recently released the average daily membership numbers (ADM's), for the 2014-15 school year, and the 2015-16 school year.
This will have some impact on what schools will compete in what class athletically...especially those schools that are on the border-line between one class and another.
Scroll down to the bottom to see the list.
ADM numbers are compiled by school districts and principals.
The 2014-15 school year numbers are determined by a school's 2013 spring enrollment of 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th graders (which will all be in high school starting fall 2014).
The 2015-16 school year numbers are determined by a school's 2013 spring enrollment of the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders (which will all be in high school starting fall 2015).
Minor adjustments are made for those who either move in or move out of a school district.
The WHSAA Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on October 1-2, and again on November 5-6, to further discuss the issue and take action.
The Statewide Scheduling Meeting is scheduled for November 12-13.
The 2013-2014 school year is not affected by the new numbers.
For the most part, the only decision that some schools have to make is if they will compete in 1A 11-man or 1A 6-man.
Starting fall 2014, the plan is to have the 10 schools with the highest ADM numbers in 4A (unchanged from current system), the next 12 in 3A (unchanged from current system), the next 14 in 2A (down 2 from current system), the next 14 in 1A, and the remainder in 6-man.
Teams would have the option to declare up or down from 1A 11-man to 1A 6-man, but if a school declares down, that school would be ineligible for the playoffs.
Schools have until August 30th, 2013, to decide if they will play 11-man or 6-man in 2014 and 2015.
Nothing would change in 4A and 3A, while Tongue River and Moorcroft would drop from 2A to 1A 11-man.
In all likelihood, Thermopolis would then shift from the 2A West to the 2A East.
From there it's an issue of what teams want to play 1A 11-man and what teams want to play in 1A 6-man.
The other issue is whether Upton and Sundance, will continue their partnership.
If they do, that would open up some room, in 1A 11-man for a team, however the WHSAA would have to re-determine if the Patriots would be a 1A or a 2A team (Upton's total ADM numbers, plus Sundance's male ADM numbers).
Upton/Sundance was very close, but managed to slip in under the line to be a 1A 11-man team and not a 2A team, under the current format.
Under the new ADM numbers, Lingle-Ft. Laramie and Cokeville would be the first 2 teams, on the 6-man side of the line, but it is very likely that both would declare up for 1A 11-man.
All other sports except football:
Only 2 teams would cross the line into a new Class, beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
That is under the assumption that all other sports except football, stay in the current format.
The changes would happen in volleyball, golf, basketball, wrestling and track and field.
The current system is that the top 12 schools with the highest ADM numbers in 4A, the next 16 in 3A, the next 20 in 2A, and the rest in 1A.
If this system is unchanged...4A would have no changes, Lyman would drop to 2A and Lovell would move up to 3A, while 1A would remain the same.
As far as 2A goes, if this happens, Lyman would be in the 2A Southwest, while Shoshoni would shift from the 2A Southwest to the 2A Northwest.
Lovell would then be in the 3A West.
That could raise a question about Lander and Worland.
Currently, the Tigers are in the West and the Warriors are in the East in every sport except football and soccer.
In basketball, teams play on a partner system...you play Team A one weekend, then you also play Team B.
The West has Cody with Powell, Lander with Pinedale, Jackson with Star Valley and Mountain View with Lyman.
The East has Buffalo with Douglas, Glenrock with Newcastle, Wheatland with Torrington and Rawlins with Worland.
If Lovell comes in and Lyman drops down, how does the partner schedule get reworked, if at all?
If Lander and Worland stay where they are: (Speculation)
West: Cody-Powell, Lovell-Lander, Pinedale-Mountain View, Jackson-Star Valley
East: Unchanged from earlier mention.
If Lander and Worland switch: (Speculation)
West: Cody-Powell, Lovell-Worland, Pinedale-Mountain View, Jackson-Star Valley
East: Buffalo-Douglas, Glenrock-Newcastle, Wheatland-Torrington, Rawlins-Lander.
Fall 2014-Spring 2016 Average ADM Numbers:
1. Gillette - 2,439
2. Natrona - 2,183.50
3. Rock Springs - 1,561.50
4. Cheyenne East - 1,468
5. Kelly Walsh - 1,395
6. Cheyenne Central - 1,268.5
7. Cheyenne South - 1,222.5
8. Sheridan - 1,016.5
9. Laramie - 990.5
10. Evanston - 918
11. Green River - 816.5
12. Riverton - 787.5
13. Star Valley - 717
14. Jackson - 673
15. Cody - 661
16. Douglas - 515.5
17. Rawlins - 506.5
18. Lander - 493
19. Powell - 483.5
20. Worland - 425.5
21. Torrington - 398.5
22. Buffalo - 328
23. Pinedale - 303
24. Wheatland - 298
25. Newcastle 236.5
26-27 (tie). Mountain View and Glenrock - 221.5
28. Lovell - 214.5
29. Thermopolis - 209.5
30. Lyman - 203.5
31. Big Piney - 198
32. Kemmerer - 176.5
33. Greybull - 174.5
34. Burns - 166.25
35. Big Horn - 156.5
36. Wright - 156
37. Moorcroft - 152.5
38. Wyoming Indian - 138.6
39. Wind River - 128
40. Rocky Mountain - 124
41. Tongue River - 122.5
42. Lusk - 115.5
43. Shoshoni - 114.5
44. Pine Bluffs - 109.25
45. Sundance - 103
46. Southeast - 101
47. Saratoga - 99.5
48. Riverside - 96.5
49. Burlington - 81.5
50. Upton - 80.5
51. Lingle-Ft. Laramie - 79.5
52. Cokeville - 74
53. St. Stephens - 70
54. Ft. Washakie - 69
55. H.E.M. - 67.5
56-57 (tie). Guernsey and Normative Services - 65
58. Midwest - 62.5
59. Dubois - 51.5
60. Hulett - 51
61. Farson-Eden - 48.5
62. Kaycee - 47
63. Little Snake River - 46
64-65 (tie). Arapaho Charter and Encampment - 40.5
66. Meeteetse - 40
67. Rock River - 33
68. Ten Sleep - 32.5
69. Arvada-Clearmont - 27.5
70. Glendo - 18.5
71. Chugwater - 12