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On today’s agenda, a look at the new formula for playoff seedings in Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties) as a result of the new geographically aligned league structure and elimination of the so-called “Power League.”
Reader SWLax weighs in with his thoughts and analysis on the “Scoreboard Central: Friday/4.23.10 thread.”
Comment by SWLAX:
“Now I know that it will all straighten itself out come sectional time, regardless or seedings, but has anyone else looked at the seeding criteria for playoffs in Section 1 this year?
First of all, you need to win 25% of your games to get in, either within your league, class, or overall. That is going to leave Greeley out, a team that loses to JJ by 3, Somers by 1, and smoked South. South will make it, will probably get a home game and Greeley wont. How can you punish a team for playing in the toughest league in the section? Put them in any other league in the section and theyre atleast 6-2 right now.
Here is the point system that the seedings are based on:
– Four points for every win, regardless of class
– Two points for every tie, regardless of class
– No deduction of points for losses
– Two bonus points will be awarded for playing a team that has a winning percentage of .750, or above teams receive this if they win or lose, determined at seeding day
– One bonus point for playing a team who has a winning percentage between .500 and .749- teams receive this if they win or lose, determined at seeding day
– Bonus points will only be awarded for NYS Federation games, as seeding will only come from these games (these are teams in NYSPHSAA and its affiliates- CHSAA, PSAL, NYIS)
Now that means that teams that played CT teams, NJ teams, WA teams, or even NE 2 FAA teams (Rye Country Day), those games dont count towards earning any points towards sectional seeding.
Currently, that leaves Rye with a 2-4 Record to be used towards seedings. At a glance, it looks like the best theyll have heading into seedings is a 6-7 record. That puts the likes of Nanuet and Pelham ahead of them come seeding time. From what I see, that would put Rye at #7 in Class C if everything plays out without any major upsets. That would mean whoever is ranked #2 going in, would face Rye in the second round after they smoke the #10 team; not exactly a lucky draw.
Yorktown also plays out of state and non-sanctioned teams, so they will also be at a seeding disadvantage. It may pan out for them as their NYS schedule is strong and they will get points for playing those tough teams, but win or lose against the CT teams, they get nothing for it. I know, I know, they play better competition and it prepares them for the playoffs better, and I agree with that 100%, but what if it turns out that they do not have a home playoff game? What a sham that would be. Arlington may be ranked ahead of them, even after Town presumably beats them by a large margin.
The kids will play it out and it will work itself out in the end (the best teams will be playing each other on June 2) but its a shame that some seniors may not have a home playoff game when their team deserves it, or even make the playoffs in Greeleys case!
Section 1 may want to fix this mess. The old system of the power league worked, so of course we had to go and change it. Schools save an estimated $13,000/year on transportation, not season, YEAR on this geographic league alignment change across all sports (except for football) and I for one do not think it is worth the cost.”
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