This realignment or alignment needs to be looked at with a better understanding or system on how to relegate and promote teams at such a young age. This is what happened to my team. I carry 15 I sub in and out, each player gets their game 50/50 time, my focus is to develop not to win, although the boys want to win. I systematically sub doesn't matter what the score is , how much time is left etc. I believe this to be model coaching for LIJSL at this age. We lost a few close games one of which we played a man down on the field to accommodate the other team not having subs ( sportsmanship),if I would have kept my best players in I would have found success on those days and maybe I wouldn't be as perplexed as I am now but again its not about that.. here is what I do not understand.. LIJSL promotes by goal differential? I may be wrong but that is what I hear..so for me to get back up to the major where I was last fall I will need to beat up teams by 6- 7 goals which will happen being that the team was dropped 3 divisions playing against teams we have beaten at halftime by 5 , 6 goals the previous fall. Here is the problem if you go by goal differential...you are not promoting sportsmanship. If I want my team back up to major I will need to run scores up..goal differential? What message does that send and what lessons am I teaching my players. This certainly needs to be revisited.
Since you must be a new Coach at this age (you sound like one) you went off track when you start talking about running up scores. You will be doing a dis-service to your players if you take this road. They are 10 and 9 years old. They will get to the division they belong quickly. You mentioned sprotsmanship, and then blew up the concept. Being a good sport will serve the children well in life - nobody likes a jerk. Train them, let them play to their best abilities, and the rest will work itself out. They'll probably just have a sip of gatorade at the lower division, if they are what you think they are. Worrying excessively about division alignment is more about you - the kids just want to play. Good luck.