NORTH METRO ATLANTA — The Georgia Athletic Directors Association has opted to forego awarding Director’s Cups this season due the cancellation of all spring sports.
Each year the organization doles out its highly regarded Director’s Cups to honor the best overall, girls and boys athletic programs through a points system based on results from each school’s performance in all sports.
But with no spring sports to add to the total, Director’s Cups will not be awarded for the first time in 20 years.
“Our decision was based on the fact that a majority of our sports take place in the spring, and we felt that it would not be fair to declare winners before we had a chance to complete spring sports,” GADA Executive Director Joe Sanfilippo wrote in an email. “This was not an easy decision.”
North Fulton and Forsyth County schools have historically done well in the Director’s Cup standings. Three schools — Lambert, Alpharetta and Cambridge — won overall Cups for their classification the last three years.
Local programs’ success in spring sports has shown in the standings for 2019-20, which are now inconsequential. North Fulton and Forsyth County schools are dominant in several spring sports, including lacrosse, golf, gymnastics and tennis, and many of the schools rack up significant points in track and field, soccer and baseball.
Lambert has either finished as the overall Director’s Cup champions or runner-up the last three seasons, but the Longhorns were 8th overall this year without any points earned for spring sports.
South Forsyth, West Forsyth and Milton have been staples in the top-10 in overall scores the last three years along with Lambert. That trend continued for the most part this season, but only South Forsyth was in the top-5 following the completion of winter sports.
West Forsyth was in seventh, and Milton, which has placed in the top-10 the last three years in overall scores, including as runner-up in the 17-18 season, was 11th overall.
North Fulton’s streak of winning the overall Class 6A Cup ends with the decision to nix the awards this year. Alpharetta captured the title in 2018 and Cambridge secured its first Cup last year.
At least three North Fulton schools placed in the top-10 of the overall Class 6A standings from 2017 to 2019, but only Cambridge was in the top-10 when spring sports were suspended this year.
While the shortened run for the Director’s Cup shook things up for higher classifications, it was business as usual for Blessed Trinity. Since moving up to Class 4A in 2016-17, the Titans have placed second overall each year in the Director’s Cup standings. The Titans were in second overall when the season was cancelled.