I have done some enrollment number crunching and see the following as the cutoffs for the 5 divisions for NEXT basketball season (2014-2015):
D5 - 128 schools Enrollment Range: 29-190
D4 - 93 schools Enrollment Range: 191-305
D3 - 94 schools Enrollment Range: 305 - 587
D2 - 84 schools Enrollment Range: 603-1164
D1 - 69 school Enrollment Range: 1213-2248
The WIAA made the decision that they would cap D5 at 128 schools. They also left the enrollment parameters the same for D1 (1200+) and D2 (600-1199). They then divide the remaining schools in half with the top half going D3 and the bottom half going D4.
Could someone please explain to me how it makes sense to have a full division (4) where the enrollment disparity is roughly 60% and two other divisions where the gap is 93% (D3,D2) and one at 85% (D1)?
This situation has occurred because the WIAA did not take into account the strong trend in declining public school enrollment when they went to 5 divisions. At a minimum, the enrollment cutoffs should be revisited and changed.
I guess by that logic you would want all of the divisions to be equal in the enrollment gap? If that was the case you would have to make the D-5 range go from 29-70ish, D-4 from 70ish-169ish, D-3 go from 169ish- 408ish, D2 from 408ish-985ish, and D1 from 985ish-2248. Granted those are extremely rough numbers but go ahead and figure out how many schools would fit into those equal gaps and I am sure you will find that is a VERY easy road for D-5 and an extremely tough one for D-1.