The SPC has announced this week a realignment of conference football divisions to begin in the 2016 season.
Concerns were raised in the spring regarding the safety of players and consistency of the level of competition when school and football squad size is not a major consideration when aligning the conference for football. This concern started a four month process to study football realignment led by the Realignment Task Force and Operations Committee. These discussions resulted in a realignment proposal for football that was passed by the Board of Directors (SPC School Heads) by a 15-1 vote. When recommending this proposal for consideration for a vote by the Board of Directors, the Realignment Task Force and Operations Committee highlighted the following points that this realignment for football would:
- Allow the conference to name two divisional football champions
- Create a more level playing field related to school and squad size
- Allow for schools who had previously requested to play up or down in divisional play to do so
- Bring all SPC football teams into the two divisions of SPC football, eliminating the need for member schools playing football as independents..
The conference will be divided into two divisions for football, each playing for a divisional championship. Realizing there is no perfect arrangement to address all issues related to school / squad size and geography, the following divisional alignments will go into effect for SPC Football beginning for the 2016 Football season.
SPC DIVISION 4A FOOTBALL*
All Saints’ Episcopal School
Episcopal High School
Episcopal School of Dallas
Houston Christian High School
St. Mark’s School of Texas
St. John’s School
SPC DIVISION 3A FOOTBALL*
Cistercian Preparatory School
Fort Worth Country Day
John Cooper School
Trinity Valley School
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
*Holland Hall and Saint Mary’s Hall will not be members of SPC after the 2015-2016 school year.
This alignment will be in place for a minimum of two full football seasons.
The new realignment will allow Division 4A to play four non-conference games and six divisional games. The two teams with the best divisional records will play in the 4A Divisional Championship Game at the SPC Fall Tournament. This new realignment will allow for Division 3A to play two non-conference games and eight divisional games. The best two divisional records will play in the 3A Divisional Championship Game at the SPC Fall Tournament. The current tie breaking rules in place for SPC football would be utilized if needed to determine the teams qualifying for divisional championship game.
If two schools clearly leading their division standings are scheduled to play each other in the last game of the regular season schedule, it is the default position they will play in the division championship game at the SPC tournament site. If both teams agree to petition to the Commissioner to play under a different arrangement, it will be considered.