AIA announces conference placements; football sees new performance formula
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — After addressing appeals, the Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Jan. 22 conference placements for the 2020-2021 season, with Williams High School remaining in 1A.
In 2015, Williams High School moved from 2A to 1A, and in football moved from 11-man play to 8-man.
New for this year, the AIA based conference placement for 2A to 6A football on a formula weighted on team performance over a three-year average instead of school enrollment. Since 1A football is 8-man, it will remain based on enrollment.
The AIA will also now look at football placements yearly, instead of the typical two-year block. Other sports will remain based on the traditional method of school numbers in two-year blocks.
For team sports, the AIA’s member schools are divided into six conferences, with 1A being the smallest and 6A being the biggest. Then the conferences are further divided into mostly local regions.
For football, Williams competes in the 1A North Region along with Mogollon, Joseph City, Mayer and El Capitan.
For basketball, Williams competes in the 1A Central Region with Ash Fork/Seligman, Grand Canyon, Mogollon, Joseph City, Basis-Flagstaff and Mayer.
For softball and baseball, Williams competes in the 1A North Region with Ash Fork/Seligman, Fredonia, Joseph City, Mayer, Mogollon, Red Mesa, Rock Point, Shonto Prep and St. Michael.
In other regional teams, Sedona Red Rock High School appealed to move from 2A to 1A for football, but was denied and will remain in 2A.
Camp Verde will remain in 2A for football but moves up to 3A in other sports because of increased enrollment.
Chino Valley remains in 3A for all sports.
Tuba City was placed in 2A for football, but remained in 3A by appeal. Holbrook moved to 2A by the AIA.
The final football schedules will be released by Feb. 20.