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Offline Ralph Turner

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Re: Conference Realignments
« Reply #15 on: February 13, 2019, 12:03:24 pm »
Copied from the Future of Division III message board as originally posted by Ron Boerger.

DIII Championships Committee supports regional realignment

Besides aligning schools to reflect growth and changes in participation, this proposal could also increase the number of regions in some sports, reducing the number of schools in a region:

The new model seeks to have roughly 40 teams in each region. Sports that have 40-149 sponsors would have two regions; sports sponsored by 150-374 schools would have five to eight regions; and sports with 375 or more sponsors would have nine to 10 regions. In tennis, additional review will take place to determine the appropriate number of regions given that selections for the individual portion of the tournament are dependent on the alignment.

In most instances, the total number of regions in each sport would increase by two, three or four. The changes will require that some national committees expand to account for new regional representatives on those committees. Also, some conferences would be moved from their current regions.

My goodness, maybe 6 regions for football for ~ 250 schools? 9 or 10 for baseball, with more 390 schools playing baseball?

My first reaction to this is to break New England into 2 regions and to make 3 regions out of the teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid East Regions.  That would give about 40 teams in all regions.

I will leave the details up to University Presidents and Conference Commissioners.
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Re: Conference Realignments
« Reply #16 on: February 14, 2019, 01:22:58 pm »
+1 Ralph

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Re: Conference Realignments
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 12:26:25 am »
Now that Regional titles are behind us, there is no reason that there cannot be equal number of schools in regions with a number other than eight regions.