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Last Post 05/15/2019 10:35 PM by  Jim West
Realignment Process Delayed...NCHSAA Seeks to Add 5A in 2021
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Panther230
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05/02/2019 2:37 PM

    https://www.highschoolot.com/nchsaa...3RAVe87_NA

    The next realignment process has been delayed a year. The new conferences will still go into effect in the 2021-2022 school year, this just eliminates the “lame duck year.” I like this because enrollment fluctuates and a school may be 3A size when the realignment figures come out, however when the new conferences actually start 2 years later, enrollment may have dropped to 2A size and they are stuck in 3A for at least 2 years...usually 4. Case in point...Burns...thankfully we were able to move down this year but I digress. Now this might just be a one off...because they are looking to add 5A. They basically already have...but are just calling it “4AA” for now. They have to change the bylaws. But sounds like it’s gonna happen. Just not sure how the classifications are gonna be divided up, or how the playoffs are going to work yet. Should be interesting. The football coaches and AD’s are just going to have to hit the ground running on the scheduling for 2021 and 2022 because of the process being postponed. That’s the only downside to this.

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    Jim West
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    05/02/2019 8:11 PM
    I am waiting on how all of the details will be ironed out. I think it’s good that there is not a one year lag in the process. Using 2020 adms instead of 2019 adms will be more equitable.
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    GoDeep90
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    05/13/2019 8:36 AM
    This is very interesting. The biggest questions are going to be how many championships are they going to have and where will the cutoff line be far as ADMs are concerned. Good move NCHSAA.
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    Jim West
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    05/14/2019 8:32 AM
    For 2019, there are 375 NCHSAA schools that will play football. I'm guessing that by 2021, that number will be around 375-380 (some new schools, some school consolidations, eliminations). If it was up to me, I'd break down 1A through 5A as follows.

    1A: 50
    2A: 91-95 range
    3A: 91-95 range
    4A: 91-95 range
    5A: 50 range

    Non-football schools can be added to the appropriate classification (most will go to 1A).

    I would have 1 state champion for 1A and 5A, 2 state champions for 2A, 3A, and 4A (total of 8 state championships).

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    btango
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    05/14/2019 10:15 AM
    Posted By Jim West on 05/14/2019 8:32 AM
    For 2019, there are 375 NCHSAA schools that will play football. I'm guessing that by 2021, that number will be around 375-380 (some new schools, some school consolidations, eliminations). If it was up to me, I'd break down 1A through 5A as follows.

    1A: 50
    2A: 91-95 range
    3A: 91-95 range
    4A: 91-95 range
    5A: 50 range

    Non-football schools can be added to the appropriate classification (most will go to 1A).

    I would have 1 state champion for 1A and 5A, 2 state champions for 2A, 3A, and 4A (total of 8 state championships).
     

     

    The plan that has been going between the NCHSAA and schools is this but using percentages of 12.5/25/25/25/12.5 which at 376 works out nearly identical to Jim's numbers with 47/94/94/94/47.

    It is my opinion the NCHSAA admin wants to stay at eight football champions!  If they went to 20% for each classification and subdivided the football playoffs there would be one champion for basically every 38 schools.  Eight champions is a title for approximately every 47 teams.  If the schools push for five evenly distributed classes of 20% each I hope they reduce it to five champions.  Sorry, but not interested in ten state championships. 

     

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    Jim West
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    05/14/2019 9:32 PM
    If tbey go to 10 state championships, I would want the NCHSAA to go to a 4 week playoff format. As such, only 160 schools would make the playoffs (a little more than 40 percent). Right now 224 schools make the playoffs...and that would mean 64 teams would no longer make the playoffs.
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    btango
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    05/15/2019 9:17 AM
    A little bit less teams is needed. More state titles is not. I have felt for years that for football only, six state champions and 192 teams is perfect. Rewards deserving teams and is a good compromise.
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    Dale Ross
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    05/15/2019 9:58 PM
    @Jim West, one of the problems with 5-Classes is 10-Champions.
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    Jim West
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    05/15/2019 10:35 PM
    Dale, I completely agree. That's one reason why I hope that the rumors are true: the 1A and 5A classification will be roughly 1/2 the size of its 2A, 3A, and 4A counterparts...it will be much harder to subdivide should a classification only have 47 to 50 schools in it.
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