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We try to answer some of the questions about why some teams are in the state football rankings division they are in and why some changes were made this year. Also, check here to see which division might include your school this season.

Key Rankings Realignments

Just like leagues and section playoffs around the state are frequently being realigned to reflect shifts in enrollments, dominance of certain programs and other factors, schools can be placed into different state rankings divisions each year.

For football, the first and most important point to remember is that the football state rankings are not broken into divisions based strictly on enrollment. That's the way the rankings are done in boys and girls basketball, but that's because the CIF state playoffs are conducted within those enrollments. In football, section playoffs are broken down differently within each of the sections of the state. A majority of schools in the state are currently not put into a football playoff division according to enrollment, so we don't do it that way, either.

Secondly, we make every attempt to place schools into a state ranking division that corresponds as closely as possible to the playoff divisions they are in within their section. Of course, with five rankings divisions, this creates some confusion because there are 13 playoff divisions in the Southern Section alone, only four in San Diego, only four in the Central Coast and what do you do with the basically one-league Oakland and San Francisco sections? It's easy in the Sac-Joaquin and Central Sections because both are broken into five divisions and this year we've simplified it even more by having each of those divisions completely correspond to a state rankings division.

The Central Coast Section in football presents a unique set of problems because teams are not placed into playoff divisions until the playoffs actually start. Therefore, we look at each league in the CCS at the beginning of the year and based on league strength place almost all teams from that league into a state rankings division. We will be fair-minded about this, though, and will consider switching a school into a different rankings division later in the year.

This year, the most significant division changes are for the following schools:

Marian Catholic (San Diego) -- Division IV instead of Division III

Christian (El Cajon) -- Division V instead of Division IV

Kaiser (Fontana) -- Division II instead of Division III

Garces (Bakersfield) -- Division IV instead of Division III

San Joaquin Memorial (Fresno) -- Division IV instead of Division III

Templeton -- Division V instead of Division IV

Los Gatos -- Division II instead of Division III

Check the list below to see where your school fits. And if you have a question, don't hesitate to call or e-mail us. Call (209) 463-9050 or e-mail: mark@studentsports.com

Who's Division I?

San Diego Section Division I

Southern Section Division I

Southern Section Division II

Southern Section Division V

L.A. City Section (all schools)

Central Section Yosemite Division Large

Sac-Joaquin Section Division I

North Coast Section Class 4A

Central Coast Section: Mt. Hamilton League, West Catholic League, Tri-County League plus any other Division I schools from other leagues

Who's Division II?

San Diego Section Division II

Southern Section Division III

Southern Section Division IV

Southern Section Division VI

Southern Section Division VII

Southern Section Division VIII

Central Section Yosemite Division Small

Sac-Joaquin Section Division II

Oakland Section

North Coast Section Class 3A East Bay

North Coast Section Class 3A Redwood Empire

Central Coast Section: Primarily De Anza League, Monterey Bay League, Santa Teresa League

Northern Section: Eastern Athletic League plus any other Div. I or Div. II playoff teams

Who's Division III?

San Diego Section Division III*

Southern Section Division IX

Southern Section Division X

Central Section Sequoia Division Large

Sac-Joaquin Section Division III

San Francisco Section

North Coast Section Class 2A East Bay

Central Coast Section: West Valley League, Santa Cruz County League, El Camino League, Peninsula Athletic League (both divisions, except Menlo School)

Northern Section: Primarily Northern Athletic League, Westside League

*Some schools from this division have been classified Div. IV for the state rankings

Who's Division IV?

Select schools from San Diego Division III

Southern Section Division XI

Central Section Sequoia Division Small

Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV

North Coast Section Class 2A Redwood Empire

Central Coast Section: Mission Trail League plus Menlo School

Northern Section: Butte View League

Who's Division V?

San Diego Section Division IV

Southern Section Div. XII

Southern Section Div. XIII

Central Section Sierra Division

Sac-Joaquin Section Division V

North Coast Section Class A, Class B

Northern Section: Greater Mountain Valley League, Evergreen League, Feather River League, Sacramento Valley League, Shasta-Cascade League, Mid-Valley League


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