Gettysburg was officially welcomed to the YAIAA in January, and now the Adams County school has a home for football come 2014.
The Warriors will compete in Division II, a recommendation from the league's football coaches that was approved Monday by principals. Gettysburg's placement in football was made now for scheduling purposes, YAIAA executive director George Shue said. Gettysburg's divisional placement for other fall sports will be determined this summer. Winter sports will be decided this fall.
The addition of Gettysburg to Division II in football will shift four other schools from their current alignment in the YAIAA. Current Division II programs New Oxford and Northeastern will move up to Division I. Eastern York and York Suburban will move from Division III to II.
The realignment, which goes into effect fall 2014, will result in Divisions I and III each housing eight schools. However, a seven-team Division II will force each of those schools to have an open date in the schedules.
Called a rotating bye, athletic directors held a drawing Monday to decide when those open dates will be assigned. School names were put into a box, and they were pulled out in order for Weeks 4 through 10.
"Three is OK, but six isn't great," West York coach Ron Miller said of the weeks his school needs new opponents.
Shue said the YAIAA has discussed a solution with the Mid-Penn, which could face a similar scheduling quirk with losing Gettysburg. The leagues could fill each other's bye weeks with non-league games, but no agreement has been made.
Under the YAIAA's current alignment, Divisions I and II consist of six teams. Ten reside in Division III. For D-III coaches, such as York Catholic's Eric Depew, seeing a nine-game league schedule reduced to seven is a welcomed sight.
"You jump in and you have that one non-conference game, and bam you're in the conference," he said. "Now you can have three weeks to prepare for that tough division."
The addition, likewise, should help Division I schools that had to schedule five non-league games for the last three seasons. The YAIAA shifted to a 6-6-10 format for its three divisions in 2010 to align teams with their PIAA classification. Shue said Gettysburg's placement in Division II and the subsequent shuffling was to keep consistent with school sizes.
Gettysburg will be the only Adams County school in Division II. Meanwhile in Division III, York Catholic and York County Tech will be the only York County schools.
Gettysburg athletic director Carlos Wampler could not be reached Tuesday night, but South Western athletic director Don Seidenstricker confirmed the Week 1 rivalry will remain intact between the Warriors and Mustangs. Gettysburg's other two non-league games in recent years have been Mid-Penn crossover matchups.