theoldroller
How far is the WIAA generally willing to go to balance out # of champs and unbeaten teams?

Example: In D5, there are very few unbeatens in the NE part of the state. For the sake of competitive balance, teams from other regions might get placed in the NE. When does the WIAA kind of throw up their hands and say, "We aren't going to be able to balance this bracket without moving somebody too far to be practical. Just fill the bracket with area teams even if it means three unbeatens in another region."?

I guess what I am trying to get at is where is the "tipping point?"


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ttreder
I don't see 3 unbeatens ending up in the same bracket for D5. There are 6 undeafeated conference champions. Lancaster, NEP, Colby, Pardeeville, St. Mary Springs & Cedar Grove-Belgium. I have it broken down with 1 in the NE, 1 in the NW & 2 in the SW & SE.
Specifically NEP to the NE; Colby in the NW; Lancaster & Pardeeville in the SW; and CG-B & Springs in the SE.

I really don't see them shipping CG-B to the NE, but I suppose they could. Pardeeville and teams from that area (Marshall, Cambridge, Luther Prep) have traveled to the SW for the last 3 years. When Horicon won the Flyway Conference undefeated a couple years ago, they were sent to the SE so I see Springs coming to the SE.

Not sure if I answered your question directly, but I don't see 3 unbeaten conference champs in the same region for D5 this year.
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justawifbfan
Since they added the rule to put extra effort into moving undefeateds around (after the 2004 season which found three 9-0 teams in same region in D3), they have balanced them evenly. Regular conference champs are not always balanced.
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theoldroller
Thanks guys. Take my first example as more hypothetical than specific. I'm just interested to know when the WIAA says "enough" as far as movng teams from region to region.

I know my nephew went from Oshkosh to LaCrosse on a Tuesday night a few years back for a Level One game. It just seemed kind of extreme.

While there can be some upsets, a 5-4 team spending six hours of a school night on a bus to go play a 9-0 team and lose 40-0 just isn't quite as cool as going an hour each way to play a 8-1 team and losing 39-0. Again, a hypothetical example, not a specific one.

I understand why they want to break up the unbeatens, just wondering how far they go to do it.


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