Bainbridge recommends an opt-up to Class 3ADecember 12th, 2013 by nathan joyce
Bainbridge High School in an email said its administrative team
would announce at a Thursday afternoon school board meeting they
recommend for the school to “opt-up” to the 3A classification.
When the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released preliminary classification numbers last month, Bainbridge fell into the 2A classification. It’s the first time Bainbridge has been anything but a 3A schools since the WIAA expanded classifications in 1997.
Coming in at 2A gave Bainbridge the choice of opting-up to 3A and possibly continuing in the Metro League, where they have played since 2001 or joining the Olympic League.
The email said Bainbridge is pursuing options in either league.
If Bainbridge were to join the Olympic League, it would be the only 3A school in a league of mainly 2A schools (though there has been some talk of forming a 1A division).
Bremerton was in a similar situation from 2010-12 and had to follow a complicated formula to advance to the postseason (which you can see here).
The WIAA is releasing new numbers on Friday that could change where schools sit in each classification. Earlier this week, the WIAA announced two changes to the current formula, which could impact teams on the bubble of each classification such as Bainbridge.
Schools have until Jan. 7 to decide if they will opt up.