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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Southern Section Tentative Divisional Breakdowns

You can check them out at this link:
http://www.cifss.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cross-Country-tentative-divisions-15.pdf

Here are the divisional numbers for the Southern Section
Division I-2521 and above
Division II-2520-2080
Division III-2079-1421
Division IV-1420-601
Division V-600 and below

Now compare that to the following 3 sections
Sac-Joaquin Section: http://static.psbin.com/z/e/05ti5jc3vvb5fl/xc_divisions_1516.pdf
North Coast Section: http://cifncs.org/sports/cross_country/files/15XCOUNTRY.pdf
Central Coast Section (boys): http://www.cifccs.org/sports/xc/2014-15/14-15-20CBEDS-20for-2015-16-20-20boys-20cross-20country.pdf
Central Coast Section (girls): http://www.cifccs.org/sports/xc/2014-15/14-15-20CBEDS-20for-2015-16-20girls-20cross-20country.pdf

Definitely not a level playing field.


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous, Div5 600 Below, Div4 819 gap, Div3 650 gap, Div2 440 gap and Div1 2521 up!

Anonymous said...

Simple solution: reseed at state finals, based on school size and without regard to individual sectional divisions

Anonymous said...

SJS needs to get their house in order. Size does matter. Only 4 or 5 teams in their D1 would also be D1 in the Southern Section and some of the NorCal schools have attendance more than 500 students less than their counterparts down South. Just as bad as what the Central Section has done to McFarland with their "Competitive Balance" which leaves those kids from a small school no hopes of ever qualifying for state again due to their predecessor's incredible success. I thought this was supposed to be about the kids, if you are going to have divisions for state championships, the sections should set their thresholds at the same level as the CIF does, anything else is a disservice to the children they are supposed to be serving.

Anonymous said...

"I thought this was supposed to be about the kids, if you are going to have divisions for state championships, the sections should set their thresholds at the same level as the CIF does, anything else is a disservice to the children they are supposed to be serving."

If you do that, you shift the "disservice" from the kids making the state meet to the kids at the section level who now have to compete in vastly "unfair" divisions. And since there are far more kids competing at the section level than at the state level, the current system actually is more about the kids.

In reality, if you really want to make things the same across the board, the solution is to have fewer divisions. If CIF switched back to 3 divisions (as it was when the state meet began), then it would be feasible to have the same enrollment divisions for all sections and maintain reasonable competitive balance at the section levels.

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