To Herb Schmidt, Gettysburg voting to move from the Mid-Penn Conference to the YAIAA makes too much sense for the school. But, the former executive director of the YAIAA was quick to say that the logic runs both ways.

On Monday, the Gettysburg school board voted 7-0 to petition to join the league and at this coming Monday's meeting, the YAIAA will vote on whether to accept the Warriors.

Schmidt expects a positive vote.

"It's a no brainer. I feel very confident. I am excited about the prospect," he said. "It makes sense because they are a AAA school and we are basically a AAA league. They will get the competition they need to qualify for districts."

West York athletic director Roger Czerwinski sees the positive reasons to accept Gettysburg into the league, but West York, like all schools, has one main worry -- finances.

"That would be the concern. The distance it is going to add to the transportation cost," Czerwinski said. "I am happy to add another AAA team. But we have to look at the costs involved, not only the travel, but how is it going to effect our home gate?

"For a school like us, it's beneficial because (Gettysburg is) another school our size. Knowing the YAIAA is aligned by size, it is going to add another AAA, which is good for us."

It's not just the high school level that is affected. A major part of the Gettysburg decision is the cost of travel for junior high athletic programs. The YAIAA offers more flexible scheduling at the junior high levels, as opposed to the Mid-Penn.

One athletic director with experience in both leagues is Spring Grove's Scott Govern, who moved over to the Rockets this fall after 13 years at Boiling Springs.

"Junior high the size of (the opposing) school really doesn't matter much. It's good to play the people in your backyard," Govern said. "This will help Gettysburg if this goes through. Every one in their area is already in the York-Adams League. Right now every ride for them is at least 30 minutes."

Govern does like what the Warriors will bring athletically, particularly in fall sports such as boys soccer (16-3) and girls volleyball (17-3), which are coming off great seasons."

"They are a very competitive program," Govern said. "I think they would do very well in our conference. I just don't know where they would be aligned. That is one concern."

At least the league would have nearly two years to figure that out. The next schedule/realignment cycle will be for the 2014-15 season, which is when, if approved, Gettysburg would become a YAIAA member.

Schmidt added that he hopes the addition of a 23rd school may prompt another school to consider jumping to the YAIAA.

"Hopefully it will draw someone else," he said. "Basically, we were looking at trying to become 24 members. That is our goal. It (would) give us three divisions of eight teams each. It makes sense for schedules, it's even. It's a nice number."

Principals, administrators and athletic directors will likely discuss the addition this week before Monday's vote.

"When West York votes, it is what is going to be in the best interest of us and the league," Czerwinski said. "We have to look at the big picture. I am pretty supportive of it. (But) I am sure I am not the only one dealing with budget crunches."

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