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2013 Boys Conference Alignments & Pairings Announced

2013 Utah Lacrosse Association Boys D-I Bracket

The boys coaches council has released the new division alignments and conference pairings for the 2013 season. American Fork and Skyline have been moved to Division II with Spanish Fork moving up to Division I. Only four teams will compete in the Division I Salt Lake Conference. 19 teams will compete for the Division I Championship while 23 will fight for the Division II title. The Summit Academy will also be fielding a team in 2013 and will compete in the D-II South.
“My players are very excited,” said Spanish Fork Head Coach Phil Dunn. “We have been working for this since I began coaching at Spanish Fork, so to be Division I is extra special for me. The biggest difference I think we’ll see is the athleticism from each player we face and as a team as a whole. Not having a good day in D-II was acceptable against some teams. Now if we have a bad day we will for sure lose. To be the best we have to play the best. This move will increase the level of lacrosse at Spanish Fork beginning this year and continuing on.”
The new addition to the competition layout is the conference pairings during the regular season. In 2013, for both Division I and II, pairings will be North & South, Salt Lake & Sandy (Davis in D-II). This will give teams in the Division I North & South nine conference games and the Division I Salt Lake & Sandy it will give them eight conference games. In Division II, the North & South will play 11 conference games and the Salt Lake & Davis will play 10.
“The coaches wanted to make a system where it meant something to win conference games,” said ULA Boys Commissioner Josh Elder. “This makes it so you have to play well consistently to get a good seed for the playoffs.”
The playoffs will continue to be a 16 team bracket. The seeds will be determined by the overall standings in each paired conference. In 2013, the North/South conference will take on the Salt Lake/Sandy conference. The No. 1 seed will play the No. 8 seed, No. 2 seed will play No. 7 seed and so on.
Additional Notes from the ULA:
The ULA will adopt the below format for the next three seasons;

  1. Teams must play every team in their conference and their cross conference prior to the finish of the season
    a. NOTE – Cross conference parings and playoff pairings have already been approved for a 3 year cycle.
    b. NOTE – The council will publish the conference and cross conference schedules each fall.
  2. Teams will be seeded each year based on their combined conference and cross conference win/loss record.
    a. NOTE – Tie breakers are still being worked on and will be announced shortly.
  3. No change to the post season awards process (All Conference and All State). It will still be based on your individual conference and not your combined conference and cross conference
  4. Conferences and Divisions can be rebalanced each year, but no major alignment changes till the end of the 3 year rotation
    a. For example if a D-II team wants to move up or a D-I team wants to move down, the conferences can be rebalanced, but we will maintain the same 2 division, 4 conference format with the establish cross conference in season and post season pairings

Here are the conferences:
Division I

North
Bonneville
Bountiful
Davis
Viewmont
Weber
Salt Lake
Brighton
Judge
Olympus
Park City
Sandy
Alta
Bingham
Copper Hills
Jordan
Juan Diego
South
Spanish Fork
Lone Peak
Pleasant Grove
Riverton
Timpanogos

Division II

North
Idaho Falls
Logan
Mountain Crest
Box Elder
Skyview
Pocatello
Davis
Syracuse
Northridge
Woods Cross
Fremont
West
Salt Lake
East
Highland
Murray
Waterford
West Jordan
Skyline
South
Herriman
American Fork
Lehi
Summit Academy
Timpview
Orem

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  1. Should make for a great season! The Salt Lake/Sandy Conference will make for some great regular season action. I think the Championship is Juan Diegos to lose.

  2. Is anyone else concerned with the amount of travel between the North and South?
    A DI team is looking at 2 to 3, hour and a half to two hour drives for away games. Maybe not a big deal there, but look at the DII trips. 3 away games that average two and a half hour drives. Idaho Fall to Orem is at least 4 hours. The closest match up is Herriman and Box Elder which is a little over an hour and a half.

  3. Is anyone else concerned with the amount of travel between the North and South?
    A DI team is looking at 2 to 3, hour and a half to two hour drives for away games. Maybe not a big deal there, but look at the DII trips. 3 away games that average two and a half hour drives. Idaho Fall to Orem is at least 4 hours. The closest match up is Herriman and Box Elder which is a little over an hour and a half.

  4. Is anyone else concerned with the amount of travel between the North and South?
    A DI team is looking at 2 to 3, hour and a half to two hour drives for away games. Maybe not a big deal there, but look at the DII trips. 3 away games that average two and a half hour drives. Idaho Fall to Orem is at least 4 hours. The closest match up is Herriman and Box Elder which is a little over an hour and a half.

  5. Wasn’t North paired vs South and SLC vs Davis in the playoffs just last year? Seems like North and South are getting a bit of a raw deal. Sure, they can work out some neutral site stuff, but that’s an extra headache on top of everything else. I do like that it will be a more true seeding for the playoffs, though.

  6. Wasn’t North paired vs South and SLC vs Davis in the playoffs just last year? Seems like North and South are getting a bit of a raw deal. Sure, they can work out some neutral site stuff, but that’s an extra headache on top of everything else. I do like that it will be a more true seeding for the playoffs, though.

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