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New sections out, new state qualifications, sked timelineJan 23, 2013
Every Arizona Interscholastic Association school member has been assigned a section for the next two-year scheduling block.
The AIA released the links with the new sections on Wednesday.
To view in which section each school will play go here.
To view by sport go here.
A couple of notes on some of the section changes the AIA’s executive board made based on the Division II section appeals it received from Phoenix area schools, which affected the northern Arizona, Yuma and Lake Havasu schools:
The northern Arizona, Yuma and Lake Havasu schools were placed in the same section, but those schools will each only play one computer scheduled game in their areas. That applies to only those schools’ basketball, soccer, tennis, baseball and softball teams.
For the six volleyball teams in the Yuma/Lake Havasu section, it will only have one automatic qualifier for the state tournament.
The metro Phoenix area teams were placed into sections based on the computer scheduling program. A hybrid section was created for the northern Arizona, Yuma and Lake Havasu schools to help decrease the amount of teams that were placed in the metro Phoenix sections.
Numbers of teams qualifying for state, determining section champs for 2013-15
On Tuesday, the AIA’s executive board also approved the recommendations the AIA’s sports advisory committees made for qualifying for state during the 2013-15 seasons.
Below are the amount of teams that will qualify in each sport and the number of teams that will automatically qualify from each section. Beginning in the fall of 2013, the teams with the highest win percentage will be crowned section champions, and only the computer scheduled games will count toward your section standings.
If teams schedule freedom games with other teams in their section, those games won’t count toward their section standings. Those games will count in the rankings, however.
In case of a tie, a section champion will be determined by head-to-head competition and then overall ranking.
Sport/bracket size/automatic qualifiers per section for 2013-15
Badminton, 16 teams, one per section
Baseball, 24 teams, one per section
Basketball, 24 teams, four from each of the three super sectional tournaments per division, except division 1 where there are two super sectional tournaments
11-man football, 16 teams, one per section
8-man football, 12 teams, one per section
Fall girls soccer, eight teams, one per section
Fall boys soccer, 12 teams, one per section
Winter soccer, 16 teams, one per section
Softball, 24 teams, two per section
Tennis, 16 teams, two per section
Volleyball girls, 16 teams, two per section. (Exception: one from Division II, Section IV).
Volleyball boys, 24 teams, three per section
Timeline for viewing the 2013-15 schedules
From Feb. 28-March 14, schools will be allowed to fill their freedom games.
For athletic directors and coaches who want to learn how to fill their freedom games, go here.
Here’s a timeline of when the schools and the public can start viewing the 2013-15 AIA high school sports schedules:
Feb. 19: The 2013-15 computer generated schedules with dates are presented and approved during the executive board meeting.
Feb. 21-28: Member schools can view their fall 2013 schedules on Feb. 21, winter 2013 schedules on Feb. 26, spring 2013 schedules on Feb. 28 via their school login page.
Feb. 28-March 14: Member schools have the opportunity to fill their schedules using their school login request and accept freedom games for all sports. The deadline to fill games is 11:59 p.m. on March. 14.
March 21-28: Division scheduling committees will meet to help fill schedules for member schools.
April 1-4: Schedules for junior varsity, freshman teams finalized. Schedules will mirror varsity schedules.
April 15: Final schedules with dates are presented and approved for the 2013-15 school years and made public to the member schools via their school login page for all athletic levels of team sports. Schools can edit their varsity schedules for game dates, locations, times. Schools can remove junior varsity, freshman schedules if they don’t offer those levels, intra district scheduling or district travel restrictions.
July 3: Public can view the schedules on aia365.com.