More changes for the North Central Conference.
The NCC is moving to divisions for 2014-15, with Richmond, Anderson, Muncie Central, Marion and Huntington North comprising the East, and Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon, Harrison, Kokomo and Logansport the West.
There will be exceptions to the divisional play by sport, according to RHS athletic director Chad Bolser.
“It’s not going to be universal,” Bolser said. “We’re going to utilize it in different ways.”
Conference play in football will have seven total NCC games — four games against divisional foes, and three cross-over games.
Soccer will only have divisional play, followed with a championship day based on divisional records. Softball and baseball will have 10-team tournaments with seeding based on divisional records.
Boys and girls basketball will not have divisional play, and will be round-robin.
“There are a variety of championship formats we’re putting together for team sports, but will be grounded in that divisional play,” Bolser said.
“I think one nice thing about it is we’ve put ourselves in a position where we’re going to reduce travel for our kids. For a lot of our teams, we’ll have significantly less travel. I think the concept of creating a championship situation in a lot of our sports is something that will bring excitement to our teams and to our programs. The creation of the championship weekend, championship days, will create some excitement in our conference that we’re looking forward to. I think it’s a good thing.”
Lafayette Jeff, McCutcheon and Harrison officially join the conference for the 2014-15 season. New Castle left this year to join the Hoosier Heritage Conference, while Huntington will leave the NCC in 2015-16 for a new conference.
“We’re in a very good position,” Bolser said. “We feel really good about the direction we’re going to go.”