Athletics in RI
As one of the most under-recruited states in the entire country, Rhode Island has exceptional high school student-athletes, both boys and girls, across the board in every competitive sport offered in the state. As the smallest state in the United States of American, Rhode Island often does not get the attention its student-athletes deserve and thus are not given the exposure needed for recruiting purposes.
Rhode Island's competitive high school sports are governed by the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL). The RIIL has divisions within the league and are broken up by power rankings determined by certain statistics, school enrollment and historical performance, among other criteria. The divisions are further broken down into D1A and D1B in order to split up each division in half. Each sport has a different playoff structure such as pods, open tournaments, etc.
The RIIL includes all private and public schools together, so competition is fierce and the rivalries are bigger and better than in some other states. This fierce competition should not be overlooked because it gives Rhode Island a very unique edge in high school sports over some other regions of the country.
With 45 high school teams competing in the state, it's a very intimate setting. Everyone knows everyone and it's hard to fly under the radar in Rhode Island. If you are good everyone knows it and vice versa. It is really exciting to be able to promote the great state of Rhode Island and the amazing athletes, coaches, programs and fans that are unintentionally hidden here. RI is about to make some noise. Stay tuned! Anchor down #the401
The Rhode Island
Interscholastic League (RIIL)
"The Rhode Island Interscholastic League is a voluntary organization of principals who pledge their high schools and participants to follow the Rules and Regulations of the League. There are sixty (60) public, private, and parochial high schools who make up the membership. These schools sponsor athletic activities in twenty-eight (28) sports. Over twenty-thousand (20,000) young men and women compete annually in thousands of competitions among Rhode Island Interscholastic League member schools. The purpose of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League is to supervise and administer the athletic programs, contests, and schedules and matters related thereto in participating schools of the State of Rhode Island."
For more information about the RIIL, go to http://www.riil.org/