My proposal to realign NCHSAA classes & playoffs

I have a proposed system that I believe will greatly improve the conferences and
playoffs in North Carolina. 

1) First of all, I believe we need to realign to a 3-CLASS SYSTEM, 3A being the
largest and 1A being the smallest.  I feel that there are currently too many 
split conferences in North Carolina.  I believe split conferences should only be
created in situations with true geographic hardship, such as the current
situation with Currituck and Hertford County in 3A, where no other schools
their size are anywhere nearby.

There are currently about 398 NCHSAA schools in North Carolina, which would
currently split into about 133 in each class.  This number only continues to
increase year by year.  When I modeled this system, I was able to create 17-20
conferences of 6 to 9 teams each (with the exception of a couple of leagues) in 
each class, with good geography, and with NO SPLIT CONFERENCES.  Conferences
are created based on geography, with a minimum of 6 football-playing schools
per league.

2) Playoffs: My proposed system would create 6 state champions in every sport.
As I stated earlier, there would currently be about 133 teams in each of the 3
classes.  I propose that the top 64 teams in each class make the playoffs,
which would be the upper half of each class.  Then there would be a subdivision
of the 64 teams into the 32 biggest and 32 smallest, creating 6 playoff 
divisions, from 3AA being the largest, to 1A being the smallest.  Then divide
the 32 teams into the 16 east and the 16 west, and seed much like the current
football playoffs.

Teams would qualify for the playoffs as follows: the top 3 finishers in each 
league make the playoffs automatically.  This would give you 54 teams qualifying
from 18 conferences.  The first thing I would then do is have teams that finish
in a tie for 2nd or 3rd in their conference qualify automatically.  The 
remaining teams would be selected by their CONFERENCE WINNING PERCENTAGE 
regardless of conference finish.  For example, a 4th place team in a 9-team 
football league usually finishes close to 5-3, whereas a 4th-place team in a 
6-team football league usually finishes close to 2-3.  This would help the 
larger conferences get more teams into the playoffs.  Overall records would 
only be used as a tiebreaker between teams with exactly the same conference 
winning percentage.  In this system, a 4-3 5th place team would be chosen above
a 2-3 4th place team.  

Seeding would occur as follows: Seed the teams in tiers much like football is 
done now.  1st place teams are seeded first, followed by 2nd place teams, 3rd
place teams, and then wildcard qualifiers, BUT by their NUMBER OF CONFERENCE
LOSSES with overall record used as a tiebreaker.  For example a team that is 6-0
and 10-0 would be seeded above a team in the same tier that is 8-0 and 9-1.  A
team that is 5-1 and 9-1 would be seeded above a team that is 6-1 and 8-2, and
so on. 

I believe this system would be a fairer way to pick and seed playoff teams than
the current pre-determined number of seeds from each conference each year that
is currently in effect(except in football).  It also helps eliminate the current
8-football champions system that we have, and all the 2-8 and 1-9 1A teams that
make the playoffs.  It also helps schools compete for state championships in
all sports with teams more their own size.

Attached is a model of what the system might look like, using 2011 ADM numbers:
3A 2A 1A
Conference #1 Conference #1 Conference #1
Laney 1876 Washington 989 Northside 454
Ashley 1757 Currituck 980 Plymouth 453
New Bern 1735 North Pitt 971 Southside 445
Hoggard 1686 Hertford County 889 Cape Hatteras 170
New Hanover 1541 Bertie 884 Columbia 153
West Brunswick 1377 Northeastern 877 Mattamuskeet 138
Creswell 97
Ocracoke* 29

Conference #2 Conference #2 Conference #2
South Central 1616 Northern Nash 1214 Warren County 749
Rose 1546 Rocky Mount 1153 Louisburg 659
Conley 1446 Fike 1140 Granville Central 656
Hunt 1317 SW Edgecombe 897 Northampton 608
Southern Nash 1261 Beddingfield 869 NW Halifax 576
Nash Central 1232 Greene Central 809 SE Halifax 446
KIPP Pride 314
Weldon 292

Conference #3 Conference #3 Conference #3
West Johnston 1702 Smithfield-Selma 1201 First Flight 793
Knightdale 1702 South Johnston 1199 Pasquotank 788
Clayton 1625 C.B. Aycock 1130 Edenton Holmes 721
East Wake 1455 Eastern Wayne 1076 Camden County 587
Corinth-Holders 1394 Southern Wayne 1048 Gates County 573
Cleveland 1291 Goldsboro 869 Perquimans 492
Manteo 460

Conference #4 Conference #4 Conference #4
Millbrook 2593 Havelock 1146 Farmville Central 757
Wakefield 2441 Richlands 1080 Ayden-Grifton 678
Leesville Road 2184 West Craven 1045 Tarboro 660
Wake Forest-Rolesville 2110 North Lenoir 989 Riverside 596
Sanderson 1998 Kinston 893 South Creek 435
Heritage 1800 South Lenoir 803 North Edgecombe 353
Rolesville 1600 Rocky Mount Prep 279
ENCSD* 47

Conference #5 Conference #5 Conference #5
Enloe 2616 West Carteret 1190 SW Onslow 736
Garner 2312 Jacksonville 1091 Dixon 718
Broughton 2158 White Oak 1047 East Carteret 542
Athens Drive 1963 Swansboro 1045 Pamlico 530
Southeast Raleigh 1703 Croatan 867 Lejeune 478
Cardinal Gibbons 1249 Northside 864 Jones 318

Conference #6 Conference #6 Conference #6
Panther Creek 2446 Topsail 1113 Clinton 765
Apex 2358 South Brunswick 1036 Trask 666
Cary 2264 St. Pauls 931 Pender 599
Holly Springs 2100 North Brunswick 915 James Kenan 599
Green Hope 2041 East Duplin 871 Wallace-RH 542
Fuquay-Varina 2018 West Bladen 812 Union 526
Middle Creek 1858 Lakewood 505

Conference #7 Conference #7 Conference #7
South View 1907 Northern Vance 1153 North Johnston 715
Jack Britt 1876 Webb 1092 Midway 668
Pine Forest 1638 Franklinton 963 Spring Creek 573
Cape Fear 1618 Southern Vance 958 Hobbton 516
EE Smith 1522 Bunn 926 Rosewood 509
Douglas Byrd 1411 South Granville 909 Princeton 504
Terry Sanford 1405 Roanoke Rapids 829 Neuse Charter* 250
Gray's Creek 1317 North Duplin 314

Conference #8 Conference #8 Conference #8
Richmond 2215 Orange 1221 South Columbus 770
Lumberton 2190 Southern Durham 1192 Red Springs 748
Pinecrest 2040 Union Pines 1180 East Bladen 708
Seventy-First 1828 Northwood 1097 Fairmont 686
Hoke County 1802 Southern Lee 1082 Whiteville 667
Scotland 1799 Cedar Ridge 1063 East Columbus 531
Purnell Swett 1715 Carrboro 889 South Robeson 498
Durham Arts* 864 West Columbus 447

Conference #9 Conference #9 Conference #9
Overhills 1669 Western Alamance 1205 NCSSM* 680
Harnett Central 1439 Williams 1187 Raleigh Charter* 557
Lee County 1410 Eastern Alamance 1156 Franklin Academy* 442
Triton 1366 Cummings 875 Voyager* 400
Western Harnett 1264 Graham 829 Roxboro Comm.* 337
Westover 1227 Bartlett Yancey 828 Kestral Heights 294
Jordan-Matthews 799 East Wake Academy* 279
Woods Charter* 185
River Mill* 162

Conference #10 Conference #10 Conference #10
Riverside 1843 Rockingham Co. 1176 Queens Grant* 650
Jordan 1828 NE Guilford 1175 Comm. Sch. Of Dav.* 450
Northern Durham 1469 Morehead 1067 Christ the King* 400
Hillside 1458 McMichael 1049 Pine Lake Prep* 397
Southern Alamance 1455 West Stokes 968 Lincoln Charter* 357
East Chapel Hill 1441 Reidsville 919 Gray Stone Day* 355
Person 1438 Carver 839
Chapel Hill 1363

Conference #11 Conference #11 Conference #11
Page 1969 Southern Guilford 1173 Providence Grove 793
Grimsley 1793 SW Randolph 1119 Randleman 793
Dudley 1483 Central Davidson 1035 Eastern Randolph 741
Ben L. Smith 1460 East Davidson 996 Wheatmore 780
SE Guilford 1441 T.W. Andrews 931 Trinity 694
Northern Guilford 1382 West Davidson 825 East Montgomery 586
Asheboro 1303 North Moore 576
Eastern Guilford 1292 West Montgomery 564
Chatham Central 462

Conference #12 Conference #12 Conference #12
Northwest Guilford 2026 Cox Mill 1174 Lexington 777
East Forsyth 1941 Central Cabarrus 1138 Thomasville 711
Glenn 1651 Concord 1084 North Rowan 686
High Point Central 1632 NW Cabarrus 1078 North Stanly 615
SW Guilford 1520 East Rowan 1070 Albemarle 508
Ragsdale 1438 South Rowan 999 South Stanly 464
Western Guilford 1381 Mount Pleasant 922 South Davidson 451
North Forsyth 1256 Union Academy 371

Conference #13 Conference #13 Conference #13
West Forsyth 2010 North Iredell 1201 South Stokes 690
R.J. Reynolds 1771 Carson 1176 Walkertown 600
Reagan 1743 South Iredell 1173 East Surry 597
Davie County 1733 West Rowan 1080 Mount Airy 555
Mount Tabor 1622 West Iredell 1017 Bishop McGuinness 547
North Davidson 1582 Salisbury 867 North Stokes 449
Parkland 1434 Atkins 346
Ledford 1245 W-S Prep* 184

Conference #14 Conference #14 Conference #14
Mallard Creek 2209 Anson 1170 Surry Central 762
Hough 1999 Cuthbertson 1147 North Wilkes 701
Lake Norman 1998 Piedmont 1062 West Wilkes 698
North Meck 1647 Forest Hills 916 Starmount 657
Mooresville 1561 Parkwood 916 East Wilkes 545
Jay Robinson 1422 West Stanly 882 Alleghany 412
A.L. Brown 1415 Central Academy 869 Elkin 371
Hickory Ridge 1408 Monroe 844

Conference #15 Conference #15 Conference #15
Myers Park 2833 Hickory 1168 Draughn 797
South Meck 2412 Fred T. Foard 1058 Lake Norman Charter 797
Ardrey Kell 2411 Bandys 944 Bessemer City 657
Providence 2051 Bunker Hill 929 Cherryville 622
Garinger 1892 Newton-Conover 874 Highland Tech 563
East Meck 1725 Maiden 843 Challenger* 388
Charlotte Catholic 1430 Thomas Jefferson 321
NCSD* 53

Conference #16 Conference #16 Conference #16
Olympic 2195 East Gaston 1192 Madison 786
Vance 1897 North Gaston 1096 Polk County 758
West Meck 1863 North Lincoln 1009 Brevard 733
West Charlotte 1834 Hunter Huss 981 Mountain Heritage 721
Harding 1833 West Lincoln 969 Hendersonville 702
Hopewell 1781 Cramer 958 Avery County 647
Berry Academy 1457 Lincolnton 861 Mitchell 565
East Lincoln 852 Rosman 371

Conference #17 Conference #17 Conference #17
Butler 2089 Crest 1213 Swain County 593
Independence 2078 Freedom 1167 Murphy 479
Rocky River 1790 South Point 1093 Hayesville 380
Porter Ridge 1434 Burns 1076 Robbinsville 355
Marvin Ridge 1366 Patton 1029 Cherokee 312
Sun Valley 1350 East Burke 966 Andrews 256
Weddington 1331 Shelby 906 Hiwassee Dam* 217
Highlands* 113
Conference #18 Conference #18 Blue Ridge* 106
South Caldwell 1819 Asheville 1215 Nantahala* 33
Alexander Central 1681 North Buncombe 1080
Statesville 1397 Pisgah 1065
Ashbrook 1315 Tuscola 1020
Kings Mountain 1313 Franklin 964
St. Stephens 1228 Smoky Mountain 911
Forestview 1227 Owen 835

Conference #19 Conference #19
McDowell 1729 West Henderson 1052
Roberson 1466 East Henderson 1011
Watauga 1435 North Henderson 1001
A.C. Reynolds 1378 R-S Central 965
Erwin 1315 Chase 884
Enka 1227 East Rutherford 816

Conference #20
Hibriten 1026
West Caldwell 985
Forbush 932
Ashe County 905
North Surry 893
Wilkes Central 849