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BCIAA makes changes to league format

The Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association has approved changes that will alter the league’s division and playoff format in the sports of boys and girls Soccer, field hockey, boys and girls basketball, softball and baseball.

Starting with the 2020-21 school year, the BCIAA will have four divisions in these sports, moving away from the current three division format that has been used for the past six years. Wrestling divisional alignment will change — Boone is in with Exeter, Gov. Mifflin, Hamburg, Muhlenberg, Reading High and Wilson — but the current playoff process will remain.

Teams will play each team in their division twice and cross over once. Teams from Divisions I and II will cross over and teams from Divisions III and IV will cross over. Eight teams will make the BCIAA playoffs.
Daniel Boone is placed in Division 1 for all but five sports: Football, baseball, softball, tennis, track, wrestling, golf, cross country, volleyball, lacrosse and bowling. It will be in Division 2 for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, and field hockey.

Boone will be joined in Division 1 for baseball and softball by Exeter, Gov. Mifflin, Reading High and Wilson. It will be paired with Conrad Weiser, Muhlenberg and Twin Valley for boys and girls basketball; with Conrad Weiser, Fleetwood, Muhlenberg and Twin Valley for boys and girls soccer; and with Berks Catholic, Conrad Weiser and Muhlenberg for field hockey. The volleyball alignments list Boone with Exeter, Gov. Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Reading High annd Wilson, with Twin Valley also in for girls volleyball.

In football, Boone is paired with Berks Catholic, Exeter, Gov. Mifflin, Muhlenberg and Reading High in Division 1. Boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse teams are grouped into one field comprising the 10 schools who have those programs.

Other sports’ alignments show Boone with Conrad Weiser, Exeter, Gov. Miffin, Muhlenberg, Reading, Twin Valley and Wilson for boys and girls cross country; Boone with Conrad Weiser, Exeter, Fleetwood, Muhlenberg, Twin Valley and Wilson for golf; Boone with Conraad Weiser, Exeter, Fleetwood, Gov. Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Reading High, Twin Valley and Wilson for boys and girls tennis; and Boone with Exeter, Gov. Mifflin, Muhlenberg, Reading High and Wilson for boys and girls track.

For playoffs, the four division champions, the second place team from Division I and II that won the crossover game between the two second-place teams, and the second place team from Division III and IV that won the crossover game between the two second-place teams, will be the six automatic qualifiers. Two at-large teams will then be selected based off the highest remaining power-rated teams.

Initially, the playoff teams will be seeded by District III power rating. A seeding meeting will take place after the league scheduling cutoff date, with the seeding committee determining the final bracket.
The seeding committee will be able to consider various factors while seeding the eight-team bracket. It will be able to create a bracket based off actual data from the season, instead of a pre-determined bracket which has been used in the past with both three-division and four-division formats.

Several factors were considered by a special committee that was formed in making these changes to the league’s structure. The changes include, but are not limited to, school enrollments, competitive balance, number of league-assigned competitions, and keeping and creating meaningful divisional and crossover contests.

Schools were able to submit letters to change divisions, and most requested movements were able to be granted. The goal of this re-alignment was to create divisions where teams can have a chance to be successful within their divisions, while also creating divisions that push the teams to face tough competition to better prepare them for playoff success at the District III and PIAA levels.

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