This year could be another walk in the farm fields for Judge. As usual, they
will prepare by playing and winning most of their preseason games against SLC
schools, then trot out to the rural schools and win more. Judge is
an exceptional school. Not so sure they belong in the rural school 3a division.
Sherlock said it. I find it difficult to understand how Judge is classified as
4A for other sports, but in the smaller 3A classification for football. Makes
no sense. That said, they were clearly the best team playing in 3A last year.
During the last re-alignment, Judge was originally classified as 3A in all
sports, but it voluntarily asked to move up to 4A in all other sports to try to
save travel costs. The UHSAA allowed the change to try to help the school save
costs. In 4A sports Judge routinely plays schools that are much larger,
sometimes twice as large, but that are a lot closer geographically.
yes, Judge requested 4A to save money in the other sports.. the school
enrollment 10-12 is not large and football at 4A would have been a beat down so
they stayed down in their given class.. they do not routinely beat SLC schools
in football, so some folks need to do their fact checking.the whole
3AA 3A thing is a joke anyway.. expand 1A and 2A and make 3A a valid 24 team
So if they wanted to cut travel costs, why not do the same for football? 3AA
would have cut those costs, or 4A. Instead, the waltz through 3A. And
comparing enrollment of a private school against rural public schools is hardly
apples to apples.
That said, the 3A-3AA thing is a joke... My thoughts, worth about 2
cents, are that schools benefiting from open enrollment and private schools
should not be classified with rural schools that do not have those same
advantages. Alignment is a difficult task, but giving some schools advantages
with these policies is ridiculous.
If being a private "open enrollment" school (and asking your students to
pay thousands in tuition each year) is such a huge advantage, why don't
those types of schools win the football championship every year? Prior to
winning in 2013, Judge (which has always been in the 3A classification) had not
won a state football championship in 30 years. Private schools do win
championships from time-to-time, but not so often that it seems their status
brings them an inherent advantage in athletics. Perhaps when they do win, we
should just says "congrats" like we do to every other school and then
just hope that our team does better next year.
@ KGthey probably could have been 3AA, they were probably the last
cut.. even if you did the 1.5 x enrollment for private schools on their 10-12
enrollment, I doubt they would have hit the numbers to be 4A... and frankly,
kids are not signing up their in droves just to play sports.if you
want to see real recruiting then check out some of the 4A and 5A programs.. they
would put the U to shame
I may have been unclear... private schools and open enrollment are to separate,
but related issues. Public schools have the option for open enrollment, and
private schools can recruit/draw from anywhere. Rural schools don't
benefit from that, i.e., Manti, Delta, Richfield and others can't draw from
surrounding communities because there are no surrounding communities within
reasonable driving distance.Look at Juan Diego for your private
school dominance of football and baseball, and Wasatch Academy for basketball
dominance. Judge has had its years of dominance as well. Kids are recruited to
Wasatch Academy, Judge and JD for sports. I know because they and their parents
have told me so. Saying anything otherwise is kidding yourself. Pitting those
schools against rural schools produces a watered down championship, in my
opinion. It doesn't take droves of kids signing up to play sports to make
it a competitive advantage, especially in small classifications. All it takes
is a handful.
With regard to 4A and 5A recruiting, it happens without a doubt. But the
difference there is all of those schools can recruit and benefit from open
enrollment. The disparity comes when urban public schools and private schools,
who benefit from open enrollment and recruiting in general, are competing
against rural public schools who have no way of recruiting or benefiting from
Judge by nature of its business model recruits. It is a business. Come to Judge
and pay $9,000 for an education. The most recent principal was a stern objector
to offering tuition dollars to athletes. Did not do it. 3A is dumb.
12 teams? Should be combined with 3AA. UHSAA is clueless. No matter. They will
change it again, soon.
The high tuition costs for a private school do NOT drive away the athlete or
his/her parents. Scholarships abound in the private high school world, and they
are generously given to athletes and non-athletes. It is not a bad
thing. Far from it. It is the way it is.
I agree, scholarships for private schools are a good thing. Helping kids get a
quality education is a great thing. But we ought not turn a blind eye to the
advantages it gives in athletics. Keep the scholarships coming, but let the
teams compete on a level playing field.
Juan Diego is 49-1 in region play throughout the years. 11 region titles in a
row. A Private school who gets to control their enrollment and stay 3A, while
getting athletes across the salt lake valley, is making the competition really
unfair to these other 3A schools.
As JM Fan stated, I can assure you that there aren't any students at Judge
on Scholarship because of their athletic ability. What has Judge won as of
late? Football last year (first time in 30). Girl's tennis in 2012. Boys
Soccer in 2010. Boys Basketball in 2008. Maybe I am missing some others. But
hardly Mater Dei, Bishop Gorman or even Juan Diego for that matter. For the
record, Judge tried to move up in Football too. If you recall, these
classification changes were made because of safety concerns for football. Judge
went where they were told. I am sure they will be moved up next year.