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Chatham Anticipates NJAC Football Realignment for 2014 Season

August 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

CHATHAM, NJ - The football schedule for Chatham is likely to change in 2014 after the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference votes on realignment in October.

"It is my understanding the conferences on a whole, the American and National divisions, will look different after this year," Chatham AD Bill Librera said.

Morristown-Beard is one of the school's being added to the NJAC football schedule for next year and that will require a realignment of the current divisions. Chatham, a member of the National Division, won't know how it will be affected by the change until enrollment numbers are announced in October.

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Once the enrollment of all the schools in the conference are known, the divisions will be realigned according to size and location.

"A couple years ago, the Morristown-Beard football team didn't have enough players to field a team," Librera said. "They've built their numbers up, so now they're coming back in. In October there will be a vote (ADs and principals) on a proposal for new conferences. We're still a Group 3 school, but we might be going against different competition.''

Librera pointed out that the conferences are not sport-specific, so Chatham will be competing against the same schools in all sports once there is a realignment.

"We're still waiting for the numbers in October to come through," Librera said. "We'll be trying to congregate the schools so there is less of a difference in population."

 

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