Shore Conference Approves New Football Alignment for 2018
The Shore Conference Executive Committee approved division realignment for football on Thursday morning that moves away from its longstanding method of usring geography and school size in favor of a model that favors strength-of-program.
The old divisions of Class A North, A Central, A South, B North, B Central and B South are no more and have been replaced with seven divisions consisting of six teams each, except for one division with seven teams. Those new divisions: American, Colonial, Constitution, Freedom, Liberty, Patriot and National can be seen below.
The changes will take effect for the 2018 season with a schedule to be released in January. The divisions will be evaluated on a yearly basis and can change from year to year.
“There were some suggestions that came from our football committee that we wanted to take a look at as far as realigning, and we came up with an idea to use the strength of programs,” said Shore Conference president Joe Arminio, the Toms River Schools athletic director. “We did some research and put things together and this is what we came up with.”
Although schools are no longer grouped by geography and enrollment, teams will not be placed with teams either two groups higher or lower. For example, a Group V team would never be in a division with a Group II team and a Group I team would never be in a division with a Group IV team, etc.
“Every decision we make as a committee is in the best interest of the conference,” Arminio said. “You could probably go through every division and say it’s not best for one specific team, but our job is to do what’s best for the conference and not what’s best for the individual team.”
Toms River North
St. John Vianney
Red Bank Catholic
Toms River South
Toms River East
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