Cambridge takes steps to join DCL

Cambridge Rindge & Latin is moving closer to joining the Dual County League, a switch that could lead to the end of the Greater Boston League.

Cambridge applied to become a member of the DCL and the league’s principals voted them in last July. Though the process is complicated and time-consuming, the DCL wants Cambridge, and Cambridge wants the DCL, so what’s left are the details and the timetable. Both MIAA District A and District B Committees will have a say as will both the remaining GBL schools before a last vote by the DCL. Normally there’s a two-year waiting period, but Cambridge officials are hoping the move can be made in time for the 2014-15 school year. Cambridge already competes in the DCL in boys’ volleyball.

The next question is for the remaining four GBL schools. The Old Colony League has three schools as does the Big Three, so the GBL could remain a four-team league. But the GBL has been in talks with the Northeastern Conference and athletic directors in that 11-team conference are looking at scheduling and other potential issues before bringing the possibility of adding the four GBL schools to their principals for consideration.

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Recently, change has been a constant for the GBL but it wasn’t always that way. Following the demise of the Suburban League in 1989-90, Waltham and Cambridge joined the GBL. The nine-team league continued that way from 1990 until 2005. In 2005, Revere joined the Northeastern Conference, followed by Peabody in 2007. In 2008, Arlington and Waltham left and the league was down to the current five teams — Everett, Malden, Medford, Cambridge, and Somerville — a setup that made scheduling difficult for the remaining athletic directors. The loss of Cambridge will make that job even more difficult. GBL athletic directors are scheduled to meet next week.