More primer from elsewhere in the state. This one, from the Day of New London’s Mike DiMauro, is about the ECC and its annually perplexing divisional makeup.
You think the FCIAC has problems with its scheduling?
The ECC reorganizes, reshuffles, redesignates, pontificates, argues, votes, then recants and revotes and complains, and then moans and bemoans, decries, and, finally, acquiesces to a few whiny administrators who won’t rest until Fitch, New London, Ledyard, Norwich Free Academy, East Lyme and Windham are cast into Mount Doom, from whence they came and the league is left with 12 divisions of one school each, where the members play jv schedules that count toward the state playoffs.
This from a league that once divided into, not just small and large, but upper medium and lower medium. What is this, kindergarden??? What was wrong with last year’s Large/Small?
I have plenty of opinions on this matter, and, even though they’re not perfect, I think the SCC (Large division, Small Division) does it the best. I mean, nowadays, who needs to see Fairfield Prep-Foran? (Remember 75-0?) Or West Haven vs. Derby? If you want to crossover the best from the lower division, and the best from the upper, be my guest. (The SCC, though, should have stopped short of dividing West and East, that’s just dumb. Who cares if you’re the SCC Division I East champ?).
If your league is extremely diverse–not just by enrollment, but across the spectrum from rural to suburban to city–then take all of those into account, and divide your league accordingly. Big boys play big boys, small boys play small boys, allow two games for crossovers to preserve a few big-small old school rivalries and go on your merry way.
The NVL, SWC, Nutmeg and Pequot Leagues are exempt from this discussion.