Realignment Information

  • 2023-24 & 2024-25 Classification/Conference Alignment Adjustment Request Form

    • By-Law VI of the NCHSAA Constitution states the following:    

      “The classification and alignment plan shall be adopted by the Board of Directors every four years, and will be effective for a four-year period.  Schools may request reclassification in the second year of the alignment period by following the process published by the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall distribute to all member schools and systems annually the process and criteria for classification and alignment, the process for requesting reclassification in the second year of the alignment period, and the process for appealing the classification and alignment decisions of the Association.“

      In order for this request to be considered by the NCHSAA Board of Directors at its Winter meeting, November 30 – December 1, 2022, this form – along with all supporting documentation – must be submitted no later than November 4, 2022.


Approved 2021-2025 Realignment Plan

Contest Limitations, Playoff, and Seeding Format – with FAQs



October 2020 

October 27, 2020—Realignment Committee Meeting by Zoom; review regional meeting information and discuss factors being considered for inclusion in the process

October 29, 2020—Realignment Committee votes on the final process for 21-25 Realignment Process to be sent to NCHSAA Board of Directors

November-December 2020

November 4, 2020—Board of Directors meets to review and discuss Realignment Process Proposal from Committee

November 13, 2020—Staff reviews final information for inclusion in the realignment process

November 17, 2020—Staff posts information for membership online

December 10, 2020—After review by the Realignment Committee, the First Draft of the Realignment Plan released to the membership

January 2021

January 8, 2021—Deadline for schools to submit concerns or adjustments desired to initial draft. The submission process will be clearly defined and include an online component. Any requests, concerns, or suggestions must be submitted in the appropriate designated fashion. This includes suggestions for conference affiliations or agreements among schools that have agreed to be in a conference together, etc.

January 13, 2021—Realignment Committee meets to review schools' submissions and make adjustments as appropriate.

January 14, 2021—Second draft distributed to schools for review

January 21, 2021—Deadline for schools to Appeal the second draft in writing, using the defined submission process, including concerns, suggestions/solutions. Appeal only if a school has been changed or affected by the initial draft changes due to the pandemic; all appeals to the committee will be virtual.

January 27-28, 2021—Realignment Meetings by ZOOM are held, one for the East and one for the West. Appealing schools will have an opportunity to address the second draft:

  • Eastern Webinar on January 27 & Western Webinar on January 28
  • Details of the format will be shared closer to the dates.

February 2021

 February 3, 2021—Realignment Committee meets and considers making further adjustments to conferences.

 February 4, 2021—Committee issues the third draft.

 February 10, 2021 (If necessary)—Deadline for final appeals to Realignment Committee. Must be received in writing at NCHSAA by this date. For schools whose conference membership has been altered somehow from previous drafts.

February 17, 2021 (if necessary)—Final appeals to Realignment Committee. Realignment report then submitted to the Board of Directors.

March-August 2021

 March 2021—NCHSAA Board of Directors hears any final appeals based on procedural errors. (Exact date TBD) Board votes on 21-25 Realignment Plan

August 1, 2021—New 21-25 Alignment begins

Realignment Committee Formation

Archived Realignment