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NCHSAA Conference Realighment

By Staff, 08/01/21, 3:00PM EDT

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How it Affects CCA

Starting August 1, 2021, high school sports conferences look different  due to the NCHSAA Realignment plan passed this year. 

An NCHSAA executive explains that the plan seeks to provide a 'home' conference that can provide fair and equitable athletic opportunities for all North Carolina students and will be in effect through the 2024-2025 season. 

So, you're wondering how this will affect Cabarrus County Athletics?  

The short summary of realignment:  two high schools move up to 4A, one moves down to 2A, and the remainder remain in 3A.   Now with more detail:

Jay M. Robinson steps down from 3A to 2A and joins Mount Pleasant in the 1A West Conference 35 (2A)

Central Cabarrus , Concord , and NW Cabarrus stay together in 3A  West Conference 48

Cox Mill and West Cabarrus  move from 3A to 4A and join Hickory Ridge in the 4A West Conference 57

To take a look at how that has changed, formerly, six of the eight Cabarrus County schools played in the 3A Southern Piedmont Conference , while Mount Pleasant was 2A Rocky River Conference and Hickory Ridge sat in the 4A Southwestern Conference.