KAIAC to get yet another makeover

With three new schools to enter the 41-year-old organization next school year, the current two-division, seven-teams-each setup in the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference enacted for this school year will be very, very short-lived, according to an e-mail obtained by Stripes on the subject.

Humphreys American High School comes aboard in August, along with tiny Chadwick and Dwight schools which applied for and were accepted as the league’s 15th, 16th and 17th member schools.

They’ll join the league’s current 14-school membership, which will now be divided into three divisions:

-- Blue Division, seven schools, Taejon Christian International, Seoul Foreign, Yongsan International-Seoul and the four DODDS entities, Seoul American, Osan American, Daegu High and Humphreys.

-- Red Division, five schools, Seoul International, Gyeonggi Suwon International, Korea International, International Christian-Uijongbu and Asia-Pacific International.

-- White Division, five schools, Korea Kent Foreign, Centennial Christian, Pyeongtaek International Christian, Chadwick and Dwight.

The selected colors reflect the fact the Korean and American flags each bear red, white and blue.

The new setup replaces the Five-Cities Division, which featured ICS-U, TCIS, YIS-S, SFS, SAHS, Osan and Daegu, and Three-Cities Division, including APIS, GSIS, SIS, KIS, KKFS, CCS and PICS.

The league constitution, according to the e-mail, states that once KAIAC reaches the 17-school threshold, it would expand to three divisions which could then hold up to eight schools each, and would afford one school per year the chance to switch divisions if they and the league feel it would be beneficial to that school and the league.

The rationale is to keep the level of play equitable as schools grow or lose student-athletes, the e-mail said.

Each school will receive points for regular-season and tournament placement in each of KAIAC’s major sports, boys and girls volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Example: Blue Division’s regular-season and/or tournament champion would receive seven points, the runner-up would get six and so on. Head-to-head competition would serve as the main tiebreaker.

Then at year's end, one school each from Red and White, considered the lower divisions, with the most points would then be eligible to move up to Blue or Red, while the one each with the fewest in Blue and Red would be eligible to move down to Red and White.

Both schools involved in those scenarios would have to agree to move. If one doesn’t want to move, the schools’ superintendents would be asked to determine if movement that year is necessary, and could provide justification to the league board why it should not move.

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