Thursday, February 23, 2012

2013 Tiering and Divisional Scenario 1

2013 Re-alignment  Scenario 1

**Of note: This is a base scenario.  Please pen your thoughts for discussion and post.



By and large, a combination of school size, historical success and geography are used here.  Most of the AAA schools in this scenario are are mid-to-large sized in terms of enrollment.  Historically, the former AA squads contain provincial champions such as Handsworth, Seaquam, Rick Hansen, Ballenas, Barsby, South Delta, Mission and Hugh Boyd. Up and comers such as Bateman and Abbey have a combination of large populations, great coaching staffs and a well constructed feeder system.  Geographically, the divisions are built around main transportation corridors/ferry terminals.  For instance, the West and South require only one Bridge crossing/tunnel for any given trip.  Access from ferries is direct.  The Lower Mainland teams have a critical mass of  local squads that Island travel is infrequent (maximum 1 trip per season).  In this way, $ attrition is no longer problematic and regional rivalries can flourish.


The AA league is in terms of sheer quality and geography, highly competitive/rational in terms of travel.  Conferences are regional, the bulk (though not all)  of the schools in this mix are mid-to-smaller sized and there is parity in terms of program organization ie. historic performance of JV squads, new programs in the mix finding their feet, and numbers of staff/support staff. 

Moving between tiers:  Teams can play "up" to AAA at their request.  Teams that move to AA from AAA must apply to an association competition committee to demonstrate that they are more appropriately placed in AA (Criteria to be published by committee and ratified by 2/3 executive and 50% plus 1 of membership to come into effect thus eliminating gerrymandering on the QT).  A similar process of promotion, forced if necessary, will be determined by competition committee and follow same transparent process of ratification as for moving down.  The timing of this would be December immediately following Championship and votes occuring at beginning of AGM.  Schedules refelecting possible outcomes are prepared prior to vote and distributed at breakout meetings so both tiers leave meeting w/league schedules.


To reflect AAA and AA tiers or can be regionalized.  Programs in AA Varsity ALWAYS have option of joining AAA JV league.

Playoffs:  I will post on playoffs soon.





Salmon Arm

Mt. Boucherie


East                                         West                                        South

WJ Mouatt                              Centennial                               Vancouver College

Mission                                    John Barsby                            Lord Tweedsmuir

Terry Fox                                New Westminster                    Mt. Douglas

St. Thomas More                     Notre Dame                            Holy Cross

Robert Bateman                      Handsworth                             South Delta

Rick Hansen                            Carson Graham                       Seaquam

Abbottsford                             Ballenas                                   Hugh Boyd

                                                West Vancouver


Island                                      West                                        East

Nanaimo                                  Howe Sound                           Pitt Meadows

Belmont                                  Moscrop                                  Langley

G.P. Vanier                             Argyle                                     SRT

Timberline                               Eric Hamber                           Frank Hurt

Mark Isfeld                              Earl Marriot                             Sands 

Gulf Islands                            Windsor                                   GW Graham

Ed Milne

Interior                                               North

Okanagen Mission                              Prince George

Valleyview                                          Nechako Valley

Norkam                                               Dutchess Park

Vernon                                                Kelley Road

Clarence Fulton                                   College Heights

Kalamalka                                           Correlieu

Mt. Baker

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Shape of Things To Come

2013 And Beyond

The 2012 AGM served notice that the BC High School Football Landscape is in for a significant change in 2013.  A committe has been struck for realignment and it will bring forth several competing proposals for the membership to ratify this coming September.  Whatever decision is made, the impact will be both significant and lasting in the decade to follow.  We could be looking at one single tier of play.  We could be looking at several tiers of play with enrollment numbers only being a part of the equation.  Recent e-mails have gone forth to the membership to submit possible scenarios with a hard and fast due-date this February.  It is safe to say that if you want to have a say in our association's collective fate, you would be well served to participate in the process. 

I have done some research on school numbers with the outcome below. A quick perusal lends credence to the idea that school numbers alone are not the ultimate determinent of on-field success though they certainly factor in when all other factors weigh in as roughly equal.  I am in the process of speaking to a cross section of the regional leadership/"old hands" as to their perspective and ideas.  I will be publishing a couple 2013 scenarios for you to mull upon in the coming week or so.

Football School Enrollment 2011-2012 Boys G. 11 and 12
1. Kelowna 610

2. Rutland 575

3. New Westminster 527

4. Belmont 497

5. Mt. Boucherie 486

6. Terry Fox 479

7. Centennial 450

8. Eric Hamber 411

9. Earl Marriot 405

10. Prince George 384

11. West Vancouver 379

12. WJ Mouat 367

13. Lord Tweedsmuir 366

14. South Kamloops 351

15. Mt. Douglas 347

16. Argyle 345

17. Salmon Arm 338

18. G.P. Vanier 338

19. Vancouver College 328

20. Correlieu 307

21. Mt. Baker 305

22. South Delta 301

23. Moscrop 300

24. Norkam 294

25. Seaquam 291

26. Carson Graham 290

27. Frank Hurt 282

28. Handsworth 281

29. Abbottsford Collegiate 275

30. Langley 275

31. Robert Bateman 265

32. Nanaimo District 232

33. Ballenas 227

34. Kelley Road 224

35. Timberline 224

36. Vernon 221

37. Howe Sound 220

38. Okanagen Mission 215

39. Rick Hansen 213

40. College Heights 211

41. Mission 210

42. Dutchess Park 205

43. Pitt Meadows 198

44. Mark Isfeld 196

45. Clarence Fulton 193

46. Windsor 189

47. Kalamalka 174

48. GW Graham 172

49. Hugh Boyd 167

50. Edward Milne 167

51. SRT 160

52. Valleyview 159

53. Holy Cross 154

54. John Barsby 153

55. Sands 150

56. Gulf Islands 145

57. STMC 126

58. Notre Dame 123

59. Nechako Valley 113

Congratulations 2011 Champions!

Congratulations to the Mission Roadrunners and Nanaimo District Islanders AA Varsity and Tier 2 Varsity BC Champions Respectively! Well Done Guys!!

Nanaimo District IslandersTier 2 Champs!

Mission Wins in 16-12 Thriller!

**of note, the Mission video out there is a great view from their perspective...lyrical language too foul for publication here however. **