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.
East West South
WJ Mouatt Centennial
Mission John Barsby Lord Tweedsmuir
New Westminster Mt. Douglas
Robert Bateman Handsworth South Delta
Graham Seaquam Carson
Abbottsford Ballenas Hugh Boyd
Island West East
G.P. Vanier Argyle SRT
Timberline Eric Hamber Frank Hurt
Mark Isfeld Earl Marriot Sands
Vernon Kelley Road