The Division II Championships Committee at its September 10-11 meeting agreed to implement the regionalization model that was placed under moratorium at the 2007 NCAA Convention. The action aligns with a recommendation from the Division II Presidents and Management Councils after more than two years of study and discussion about the best way to align Division II regions for championship-selection purposes.
The following principles guide the plan:
Regions will be determined by state boundaries.
A state may reside in more than one region.
Conferences will be assigned to specific regions for automatic qualification and postseason competition.
Conference opponents will count as in-region contest regardless of geographic location.
All opponents within an institution’s geographic region are in-region contests.
Opponents residing within an institution’s state, regardless of conference affiliation, are in-region contests.
All opponents, regardless of conference affiliation, in states contiguous to an institution’s state are in-region contests.
The Championships Committee made some adjustments that include allowing schools in Texas and Colorado to count games between them as in-region contests. Only the Oklahoma Panhandle separates the two states, so the committee felt the additional flexibility was warranted, particularly since institutions in that region would face excessive travel demands for in-region contests otherwise.
Also, institutions in Montana may consider Nebraska and Colorado as contiguous states (and vice versa), since there are no Division II institutions currently in states contiguous to Montana’s southern border. In addition, the west region may consider North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico as contiguous states (and vice versa).
The Championships Committee agreed to keep the plan in place for three years before considering any further modifications. The plan must be implemented in all sports by 2008-09.
Due to the length of deliberation regarding alternative regionalization models, some sports had been scheduled to implement the plan in 2007-08 but were delayed. Those sports – basketball, field hockey, men’s lacrosse, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball – will use an interim scheduling plan for 2007-08.
Central Atlantic CC, New York Collegiate AC, Northeast – 10
C.I.A.A., Pennsylvania AC, West Virginia IAC
Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic
Gulf South, S.I.A.C., Sunshine State
Great Lakes IAC, Great Lakes Valley
Heartland, Lone State, Mid-America IAA
North Central, Northern Sun IC, Rocky Mountain AC
California Collegiate AA, Great Northwest
Football will continue to have its four regions but there will be some moving around since the North Central Conference will be disbanded next year. It lost all four Dakota schools to the FCS.
I think when the plan was originally proposed 2 regions would be combined for football--i.e
New England & Atlantic = Northeast Football Region
South & Southeast = Southeast Football Region
Central & West = Southwest Football Region
Midwest & South Central = Northwest Football Region