THE NCC AND THE NEW SCHEDULING OPTION. WILL THE AD’S BITE?

After seeing the NCC Girls basketball schedule sending RHS back to Lafayette for the third time this season, I have to remind everyone there is a simple solution to Richmond staying in the NCC and stop all the traveling.

As most of you know, I am a proponent of getting out of the NCC because Richmond is traveling MORE now than they ever have with three Lafayette schools in the conference.

When the NCC expanded, conference athletic directors told the public there would be less travel. I am still waiting for that promise to happen. By the way, the RHS boys basketball team also makes three trips to the north (McCutcheon, Logansport and Lafayette Jeff).

So why can’t the NCC figure it out? It’s not a very hard solution.

I have proposed this formula before. So just in case you have forgotten, here it is for football and basketball (boys and girls).

 

FOOTBALL

TWO DIVISIONS

(EAST)

Richmond

Marion

Anderson

Muncie Central

Indy Tech

 

(WEST)

McCutcheon

Harrison

Logansport

Lafayette Jeff

Kokomo

 

Here is what a Richmond schedule would look like:

GAME 1….Non-Conference (vs. Connersville)

GAME 2….Non-Conference (at Mt. Vernon)

GAME 3….Conference Division Game (vs. Marion)

GAME 4….Conference Division Game (at Anderson)

GAME 5….Cross Conference Game (vs. McCutcheon)

GAME 6….Conference Division Game (at Muncie Central)

GAME 7….Conference Division Game (vs. Indy Tech)

GAME 8….Cross Conference Game (at Harrison)

GAME 9….NCC Tourney (depending on rotation will determine home or road)

GAME 10….SECTIONAL

 

THE NCC TOURNEY—ROTATES EVERY SEASON

1ST SEASON

SOUTH AT NORTH

1 VS. 1

2 VS. 2

3 VS. 3

4 VS. 4

5 VS. 5

 

2ND SEASON

NORTH AT SOUTH

1 VS. 1

2 VS. 2

3 VS. 3

4 VS. 4

5 VS. 5

 

As you can see, Richmond wouldn’t travel to the North more than twice one season and no more than once the next season.

 

 

BASKETBALL

Like football, two divisions

SOUTH:

Richmond

Indy Tech

Marion

Muncie Central

Anderson

 

NORTH:

McCutcheon

Harrison

Logansport

Lafayette Jeff

Kokomo

 

Teams will play home and home with-in the division and two cross-over game (one at home and one away).

At season’s end, the final match-ups will feature the final NCC tourney games like football.

1 vs. 1

2 vs. 2

3 vs. 3

4 vs. 4

5 vs. 5

Like football, basketball will rotate the tourney each season from East to West and then West to East.

With this formula, Richmond would travel to the North no more than once in one season and twice in the next season. There would be a total of 11 NCC games.

 

RHS SCHEDULE EXAMPLE: 24 games (Reminder, the games below wouldn’t be as structured since tourney games and non-conference games must be placed at different times of the season).

1….Non-Conference

2….Non-Conference

3….Non-Conference

4….Non-Conference

5….Non-Conference

6….Non-Conference

7….Non-Conference

8….Conference (vs. Muncie Central)

9….Conference (at Anderson)

10…Conference (vs. Marion)

11…Conference (at Tech)

12….Cross Conference (vs. McCutcheon)

13….Non-Conference

14….Non-Conference

15….Non-Conference

16….Non-Conference

17….Conference (at Muncie Central)

18….Conference (vs. Anderson)

19….Conference (at Marion)

20….Conference (vs. Tech)

21….Cross Conference (Harrison)

22….Non-Conference

23….Non-Conference

24….NCC Final Tourney vs. North team

25-on: Post Season (State Tourney)

 

TOTAL: 11 NCC games….13 non-conference games.

As you see, there would still be 11 NCC games. The in-division home and home games would make it more interesting as we believe the rivalry would be stronger in the division. There will still be 13 non-conference games and the NCC schedule could make it easier to schedule non-conference games.

Much less travel from Richmond to the North and much less travel from the North to Richmond.