Tiering change voted down

A vote to create a new system of senior boys’ basketball has failed.

The proposal suggested changing from the current three tier system — A, AA and AAA — to a new four-tiered format.

Eighty-four people (63 per cent) voted yes on the motion, while 50 were against the idea. Sixty-seven per cent, or 90 ‘yes’ votes were needed to pass the motion, which would have created a new AAAA tier of basketball.

The motion was given preliminary approval at the B.C. High School Boys Basketball Association annual general meeting last month in Langley.

Currently, schools are placed in a tier depending on how many boys’ they have in Grade 11 and 12 that school year. Individual schools do have the option to play at a higher tier if they choose.

This past season, schools with 80 or fewer boys in those grades are at the Single A level, 81-225 puts a school at the AA level, and 226 and above places them in the AAA level.

Walnut Grove, Brookswood and Langley Secondary are at the AAA level, although Langley did not field a team this year.

Aldergrove, D.W. Poppy, R.E. Mountain and Langley Fundamental are all at the AA level, but Langley Fundamental did not field a team.

Langley Christian, Credo Christian and Fraser Valley Adventist are at the Single A level.

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