Option 1 would make the region championships interesting. 1 private school region school champ. 1 charter school region champ. Etc. The problem with 1, is that it creates some long travel for a few of the public schools. But in most cases, they are going to have to deal with travel anyway.
Option 2 isn't too much different with some of the rural divisions. It cuts down on travel for schools like Camp Verde and Sedona. But it increases travel for some of the rural schools.
Why I like example 1 more is because in my corner of the state "pay to play" is starting to become more common up here which scares me. Because of recent budget cuts over the last few years it now cost $800 to play football at Lake Havasu, $200 at the Academy and the word around town is that the other Kingman schools will start that next year. Having a region where are longest bus drive is shorter then a trip to Joy Christian could potentially bring an end to "pay to play" for the Academy at least.
I like the idea but travel for public schools particularly SCV and San Tan would be longer distances when they can just play a valley schedule.
Santa Cruz has to travel either way. Either south towards Tucson, or north towards the Valley. Going south they are with other public schools. North they will get lumped in with privates and charters.
In example #2, San Tan is with the Valley schools. Would they prefer that? Or would they prefer to play in an all public school region? When the public school region requires more travel?
You are correct but the distance would be almost double. Santa Cruz to the valley i means approximately an hour where as to Bisbee 3hr, Tombstone, 2.5 hr, Benson 2hr. Thatcher 3hr. They use to make the travel out to Safford back in the day but I bet they would rather stay closer and play the preps and charters since they are closer. San Carlos and Miami are around 2hr travel time as well from SC. I believe they were placed in the current San Tan Miami Morenci section but appealed out and got placed in the ALA TPA section.
I would bet Sanders at San Tan would rather have a valley schedule but who knows.
If the travel isn't prohibitive, I dig your Example 1, Metro. I think it could be fun to have a private and charter region/conference champ, as well as region/conference champs among the various public school regions.
I;m a fan of geographic scheduling with a few freedom games, and then seeding the playoffs with a committee. Granting automatic births to certain regions--in certain sports-like the north is a travesty to some much better teams who play in tougher divisions. This will be proven true as both Monument Valley and Chinle will be bounced in the first round of the playoffs and the scores will not be close.
From what I see schools who do not play football Horizon Honors, Az college prep, San Miguel, Northland Prep, Gilbert Classical, Phoenix Country day, Mingus Mountain, St. Augustine, Desert Christian, and Rancho Solano. I wonder if they can put them in some type of conference all together (I don't know where all the schools are).
And then you have Red Mesa and Rock Point who want to play 11man football but 1a for everything else, will they be in with Joe City and Mogollon for other sports and then maybe play an independent schedule vs. all the 11 man teams in the North (kind of like Notre Dame is doing with the ACC?)