We have 4 classes in my state. Which is about what it should be. The problem is they're lopsided as hell. It's an improvement because we had 6 classes for about 8 years or so, so I'm glad we came to our senses. By lopsided I mean Division 1, which is the biggest schools, only has 39 teams in it. But the other 3 divisions have 50+ teams in each. We have a qualifier for state, sectionals, and place top 4 you go to state. Each class has 4 sectionals, so it's a 16 person bracket. So some of the sectionals that were just released after realignment this year make no sense. There's one in Division 1 that only has 9 schools, but there's a few in the smaller classes that have 17 or 19 schools in one section.
The other problem is where state is held. It might make sense to hold it in a large city where travel is minimal, but for the last I think 6 years it's been at Prescott Valley, which is about 90 miles away almost in the middle of nowhere. I will say the arena it's held at is pretty nice, not many bad seats and it's easy to walk around, parking is easy, but it's just such a pain in the ass because there's only like 4 high schools that are within a 20 minute drive of the place. The reason they have state there is apparently because the owner of the arena gives the AIA (our state organization) a big price break on rental or something. I'd rather it be held at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum near downtown Phoenix. It used to be there. Mostly because the Phoenix metro area has the most high schools in the state and there's cheaper hotel options than a place that's basically a designed tourist trap.
I am glad we hand out medals for the top 6 now. For a few years only the top 3 or 4 got medals and the rest just got to stand there. When the Us Marines offered to sponsor the awards so that the top 6 would all get something, the AIA told them no.
Looks like Division I is exclusively 6A schools, and Division II is exclusively 5A schools. Most of Division III is 4A schools, with a bunch of 3A schools as well (14, to be exact). The rest of 3A, along with all of 2A and 1A, are in Division IV. Did I mess anything up here?