The ULA has recently announced the adjustment of the Conferences in both Divisions of the Boys High School league. Each Division I Conference will have five teams instead of the six teams in 2011 which means 20 teams will be fighting for the Division I title instead of 24. Division II will have two conferences with five teams and two with six teams for a total of 22 teams vying for Division II dominance.
Davis and Timpanogos have been moved to Division I and will play in the North and South Conferences respectively.
“We are very excited to play more Division I teams,” said Davis Head Coach Trevor Yocom. “I believe you only get better by playing the best teams and this will give us an opportunity to do just that. We look forward to the big challenges that lay ahead of us playing in our new conference, there are some great teams and it will be a learning process.”
Sky View, Logan, Woods Cross, Waterford, West Jordan and Orem have all been moved to Division II. Also in Division II, Timpview is returning to the league as well as newcomer Syracuse.
“Realigning conferences is crucial to the development of the sport at this point here in Utah,” said ULA Boys Program Coordinator Bryan Frates. “We have a number of teams that were struggling to win games at the Division I level and Division II teams that were winning at will at the Division II level and competing and/or winning Division I games. The coaches council strives to make each division as competitive as possible in order to create the best experience for each player. Blowouts do not help either team grow and in many cases pushes players away from the game. The Utah Lacrosse association works hard to grow the sport and put out the best possible product.”
With the changes, perennial powerhouse Waterford is moved to Division II, but the timing is right for the Ravens.
“We are hoping for 25 players for next years team (5/sr, 2/jr, 7/so, 11/fr) 4 starters returning,” said Waterford Head Coach Dave Brattin. “We will be young, small and relatively inexperienced, unlike the last two seasons. Without a JV program it is very difficult to play inexperienced players in Division I Varsity games, we believe the move to Division II will allow us to play all our players and be competitive. As the sport has grown it has made it extremely difficult for us to compete with the bigger and more athletic programs like Brighton, Alta, Bingham. With the history Waterford has had it was a difficult decision but we believe it it the best for the student athletes we coach.”
Waterford is a private 2A school with just 232 students in the 9th through 12 grade last year. The lacrosse team competes with a strong soccer team as well as other activities for the 100 or so available boys at the school. With that said, it’s a true sign the program has done so well in the past.
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What are your early predictions with the new conferences?