Darren Cooper North Jersey Record
Published 5:05 PM EDT May 17, 2019
The Super Football Conference proposed alignments for 2020 and 2021 passed by a 90-6 vote on Friday.
Schools can still set up an appeal of the division they are in. Such an appeal has to be filed with the league within the next five days. (Expect there to be at least one appeal.)
Starting in 2020-21, the Super Football Conference’s 112 schools will compete across 19 different divisions. Sixteen of the divisions have six teams; the largest division is the American Red which will have seven.
There are numerous changes from the existing set up. The United Blue Division is gone. That was a five-team non-public small school division. Those teams all found new homes. Hudson Catholic went to Liberty White. Morris Catholic went to National Blue. Sussex Tech went to American White. Immaculate Conception of Montclair to National White and Marist went to Ivy White. The Patriot Gold division will be gone.
For the first time, we see the official alignment for the Super Football Conference’s Ivy Division, a 12-team group of programs who will forego the ability to play in the state playoffs for a more competitive regular season schedule. This is being done to revive the sport at those schools.
The two Ivy Divisions are pretty much based on size of schools. The bigger schools are in the Ivy Red, the smaller in the Ivy White.
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There is a method to the madness. Liberty Division teams are mainly the Group 5 programs. Freedom Division teams are Group 4. Patriot Division teams are Group 3. American Division teams are Group 2 and National Division teams are Group 1. Again, this is kind of a loose structure.
Each one of those five groups is broken into three smaller divisions. Geography and competitive balance are factors in determining which teams are in which division.
In North Jersey, Ramapo and NV/Old Tappan have been separated as Ramapo will be joining the Patriot Red Division and NV/Old Tappan will be in the Freedom Red.
After being the only Passaic County school in the American Red Division, Lakeland will have rivals West Milford and Passaic Valley in the Patriot White division.
In other league business, Nutley athletic director Joe Piro’s term as President concluded and he now becomes the Past President. St. Peter’s Prep coach/athletic director Rich Hansen is the new President. River Dell athletic director Denis Nelson is the first Vice President.
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