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What teams are in our league?
The Sky-Em League will consist of 6 schools: Cottage Grove, Elmira, Junction City, Marist, Marshfield, and Siuslaw.
What size are the schools in our league?
The most recent OSAA classification plan places schools with 350-664 students in the 4A classification. These numbers are adjusted down from the actual number of students in each building based on the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. (NOTE: This program was implemented since Marist made the decision to move up to 5A.) Marist does not receive a reduction based on free and reduced lunch because we are a private school. When you look at the actual numbers of students in the 33 schools that will make up the 4A classification for the next 4 years, Marist is the 23rd largest school in 4A. When you factor in the free and reduced lunch multiplier, Marist is the 17th largest school.
The OSAA added a socio-economic multiplier (SES) to help determine the placement of schools within their respective classifications. The purpose was to help schools that may be at a disadvantage athletically due to the socio-economic conditions of their school and community. Looking at the new proposal using the SES multiplier, Marist is smaller than the next smallest 5A school by 166 students and by 176 students if you do not factor in SES. This is a greater difference than the difference between Marist and the smallest school in the 4A classification.
5A ADM Comparison: Marist is current enrollment, other schools are 2016/2017 ADM:
4A ADM Comparison 2018-19, if enrollments do not change:
School size and multipliers are available online:
Do the other schools in our league offer team sports similar to Marist?
All of our league opponents offer the same team sports as Marist. One exception is Siuslaw who cut their soccer program. We will work to fill our non-league schedules using as many local (mostly 5A) schools as possible, providing opportunities for strong competition, while minimizing loss of class time and travel costs.
What about individual sports?
There will be no change in this regard. While not all of the schools in our league offer some of the individual sports that Marist offers, those teams will be placed in a special district with several teams for us to compete against. We will also still have the option to compete against the local Eugene/Springfield high schools in many of our individual sports. The OSAA just released the special districts for the fall of 2018 which do not impact us. Winter special districts for swimming and spring districts for golf and tennis will be released later, typically one year prior to that season’s contests. Currently, Marist already competes in a special district for boys’ and girls’ tennis and boys’ and girls’ golf. This move will not greatly change what those sports are currently experiencing.
What about JV programs?
In most cases the schools in our new league will have the same JV teams that we do. Siuslaw and Elmira do not offer all of the same sub-varsity programs. In order to assure that we have a full slate of games for JV and to reduce some of the travel for our JV programs, we will continue to play some of our JV games against local competition that offer the same programs as Marist.
When will schedules come out for next year?
We are currently in the process of working through scheduling. Mr. Gardner met with the 4A athletic directors on October 30th to approve a play-in model for the next four years. He will be meeting with the athletic directors in our new league on November 21st to map out fall and winter schedules and to discuss Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the league. We hope to have the bulk of fall and winter schedules completed by the first of the year and available on team websites by the end of January. Spring schedules should be available by spring break in March.