I’m working on this for tomorrow, but I thought I would give you a sneak peak.
Charter Oak High School football coach Lou Farrar brought up a good point when asked about the results of last week’s releaguing, which puts Charter Oak and South Hills in the Sierra League for the releaguing cycle than runs from 2010-14.
The Chargers are leaving the Miramonte and the Huskies the San Antonio for the more powerful Sierra, which will include Damien, Claremont and Chino Hills.
Farrar was asked how the Chargers would not only compete in the Sierra, but how they would do in the Central Division, which includes the Baseline, San Andreas, Sunbelt and Mt. Baldy Leagues. “Are we still in that division?” Farrar asked. To continue, click thread
The answer to that is yes for now, but that could change in April when the playoff groupings for the 2010-12 cycle are voted on again, and considering there were many league changes voted on last week, it could drastically change the playoff landscape when it comes time to reshuffle the playoff divisions again.
When the playoff groupings were voted on for the 2008-10 cycle, which ends following the spring season, there was an emphasis placed on competitive equity and regionalization, which created a home-town playoff atmosphere with the Southeast and Mid-Valley Divisions, which are almost all comprised of area teams.
The CIF-Southern Section is asking the same criteria be used again when considering the next playoff-grouping cycle that begins in the fall of 2010.
With the Miramonte/San Antonio league merging to become one seven-team league, only four leagues would comprise the Southeast Division if it were left as is.
Of the 13 playoff divisions, only the Inland Division is comprised of only four leagues, but three of those leagues have seven or more teams competing.
So much could happen, the Olympic League could leave the Mid-Valley Division, paving the way for a Southeast league like the Almont to move down.
That means potentially, the Sierra League could become part of the Southeast Division, which would be ironic since many of the schools principals that comprise the Southeast voted to get Charter Oak and South Hills in the Sierra and out of the division.
Be careful what you wish for?
“When you look at geography, when you look at enrollment, when you look at competitive equity across the board, it would make more sense for us to be grouped with Southeast teams,” Farrar said. “In football we’ll be fine no matter where they place us, but when you look at the big picture, you have to think of travel time for your lower-level teams. So, to answer your original question, I don’t know what to think of the Central Division, because I don’t know if that’s where they will put us.”