Large Schools Explained:
In this proposal, I have separated the two divisions based on location and based on making it as equal as possible. There were a number of schools on the border (Morris Hills, Morris Knolls, Mount Olive, Roxbury, and Randolph) that could have gone either in the North or South division. In the thought process, I knew the South division should have the extra team because Delbarton is an all-boys school, and because of this, it will keep the divisions balanced in girls sports (7 and 7 instead of 8 and 6). The average enrollment (with the multiplier) in the North Division is 1031 (with the median being 1004). For the South Division, the average enrollment is 1030 with a median of 989. The enrollments are as close as it will come. I also tried to keep rivals together as much as possible, but because this is not completely possible, with non-division games, the rivals will still be able to play. Let's face it, a 15-team division is ridiculous in size, and a 3 division set up is kind of on the small side (especially for the 4-team division in girls sports).
Travel: Travel is now less of an issue for both divisions. For Sussex schools, they play each other in a division, and their travel is fairly easy access from Rt 80, making it a much easy travel day. For Morris schools, the South is all within 45 min of each other (most of which is less). The Morris schools from the North Division does increase some of its travel, but all games should be within reach 1 hr max.
In a 9-game season, like football (and other guy sports), the North will play 6 divisional games; 2 guaranteed cross-over; and most will play 1 indepedent (some may be able to play an extra cross-over). For girls sports, the North will play 6 divisional games and 3 cross-over games (2 of which will be based on size; 1 will be based on competition).
In a 9-game season, like football (and other guy sports), the South will play 7 divisional games; and 2 guaranteed cross-over. For girls sports, the South will play 6 divisional games and 3 cross-over games (2 of which will be based on size; 1 will be based on competition).
North #1 plays South #1,2, independent
North #2 plays South #1,2, independent
North #3 plays South #3,4, independent
North #4 plays South #3,4, independent
North #5 plays South #5,6, independent
North #6 plays South #5,6,8
North #7 plays South #6,7,8
Schools will then have a basic schedule in which there can be "trades" so that rivalries can continue. Also, a great feature is the PJ vs. Delbarton game and if a school has to play 2 non-publics, 1 will be played in week 9 (or after a states cutoff) so that no one team will have to bear 2 games going towards states. A team will never lose a game within their group to the cutoff (example Vernon playing Sparta in the SCIL in week 9).
In a round robin setting (like basketball or soccer), the divisions will be worked similar to the SCIL soccer Plan that was implemented this year. The North plays 12 games in the division with 1 game against 6 of the 8 in the other division (for guys), and play 6 of 7 (for girls). The South plays 14 games in division (for boys) and 12 games in division (for girls).