Wondering if a school will be multiplied or face the success formula in the 2020 season?
You need only look to see what their status was in 2019 to find out.
The Illinois High School Association's decision to switch enrollment designations from an annual status to a two-year enrollment system means there will be no changes in 2020 for the football teams that were impacted by success formulas and/or multipliers in 2019.
How were the designations determined for the 2020 season?
Non-boundaried schools earned their current status by their performances in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Those teams that won a combination of at least three playoff games in those two seasons were multiplied for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
In regards to the success formula, teams that won state trophies (either first or second) in 2017 and 2018 are subject to the success formula for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
• As such, the same teams that were subjected to multiplier in 2019 will be again in 2020. Those teams were Brother Rice, Marist, Chicago Mount Carmel, Decatur St. Teresa, IC Catholic, Joliet Catholic, Bishop McNamara, Benet, Montini, Providence, Niles Notre Dame, Sacred Heart Griffin, Newman Central Catholic, Nazareth and Loyola.
• In addition, by virtue of winning two trophies in 2017 and 2018, just as they were last year IC Catholic (4A), Nazareth (7A) and Loyola (8A) are subject to the success formula. Although it isn't technically applied to Loyola as there is no classification above 8A.
• All other schools that are potentially subjected to a potential multiplier will not be multiplied in 2020 if they were not multiplied in 2019.
If the guidelines are set for the 2020 season, how does it work moving forward?
Any success a team achieved in the 2019 and 2020 postseasons will be used for calculating who receives multipliers and success formula implementation in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, the next two-year enrollment period.
The guidelines will remain the same moving forward. Any team that earns two trophies in the 2019 and 2020 postseasons will be subjected to the success formula for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Any team that wins any combination of three playoff games in 2019 and 2020 will be multiplied.
• If any of the following schools win a trophy in the 2020 state finals – Nazareth, Mount Carmel, Newman Central Catholic or St. Rita – they will be placed under the success formula for 2021 and 2022. Nazareth, despite having already been under the success formula, would not move up two classes. It is not possible for any other team to potentially be subjected to the success formula in 2021 and 2022.
• By virtue of their 2019 performance the following schools have already guaranteed that they will play under a multiplier in 2021 and 2022 because they have already achieved three playoff victories in the designated time frame: Brother Rice, Chicago Mount Carmel, Freeport Aquin, Marist, Nazareth, Newman Central Catholic, Quincy Notre Dame, Rockford Boylan and St. Teresa.
• Schools required to win one playoff game in 2020 to be placed under a multiplier for 2021 and 2022 are: Bishop McNamara, Breese Mater Dei, IC Catholic, Joliet Catholic, Loyola, Providence, Sacred Heart Griffin and Wheaton St. Francis.
• Schools required to win two playoff games in 2020 to be placed under a multiplier for 2021 and 2022 are: Fenwick, Marmion, Montini, Niles Notre Dame and St. Edward.
• Schools required to win three playoff games in 2020 to be placed under a multiplier for 2021 and 2022 are: Alton Marquette, Aurora Christian, Aurora Central Catholic, Belleville Althoff, Benet, Bloomington Central Catholic, Carmel, Chicago Christian, Christ the King, De La Salle, DePaul, Guerin, Hope Academy, Jacksonville Routt, Leo, Marian Central Catholic, Marian Catholic, Normal University, Ottawa Marquette, Peoria Notre Dame, Rock Island Alleman, Rockford Christian, Rockford Lutheran, St. Bede, St. Joseph, St. Laurence, St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick, St. Viator, Walther Christian and Wheaton Academy.
• Any potentially multiplied school that does not meet the standards listed as notated above will not be multiplied in either of the 2021 or 2022 seasons.
• No non-boundaried Chicago Public League school aside from Phillips achieved a playoff victory in 2019 so all of those schools would also need to win three playoff games in 2020 in order to be subject to a multiplier in 2021 and 2022. Phillips is a unique case, while it is non-boundaried and did win playoff games, it has already voluntarily elected to move up to Class 7A for a two-year term that ends after the 2020 season. If Phillips chooses not to play up in 2021, it would be subject to the same principles subscribed to all other non-boundaried teams.
How are the enrollments calculated?
Enrollments are now pre-established in a different way than they had been done previously. A school's IHSA enrollment for the two-year period for 2019-2020 is used by averaging a schools reported enrollments from 2017 and 2018, which explains why many more schools are listed with an enrollment with a decimal rather than a flat number.
• It also explains why schools that experience a significant enrollment shift won't often see that reflected in their IHSA enrollment for a few years when it occurs.
• Exceptions in extreme situations will lead to an immediate adjustment to a school's enrollment. A recent example of that scenario will be provided by Rich Township's decision to consolidate its efforts athletically across the schools in its district. Rich East will close at the conclusion of this school year but the athletic programs will now be combined across the enrollments of all three schools: Rich Central (1045.5 enrollment), Rich South (953.5) and the former Rich East (956). The official number will likely be close to 3,000, which would clearly make the combined program an 8A school.
How many schools are currently left in the 11-man ranks?
• With that switch, combined with the six schools that have officially added themselves to the 8-man ranks, the number of playoff eligible teams in the state has now dropped to 505 and 535 schools in total (including 30 CPL teams that are not currently playoff eligible). That is the lowest number for schools participating in 11-man football since the early 1970s.