High School Sports

NCHSAA football playoffs stay the same, hoops change

Posted December 8, 2011
Updated December 9, 2011

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is hosting its semi-annual Board of Directors meeting on Thursday to discuss several issues in high school sports.

NCHSAA Board of Directors Press Conference (Dec. 8, 2011) NCHSAA Board of Directors Press Conference (Dec. 8, 2011)

Members of the Board of Directors met on Wednesday in committees to discuss a number of issues from finance to sports rules.

On Thursday, the board voted on a number of motions. The meeting takes place each December and again each May.

Realignment a hot topic

The first issue to grant insight involved conference realignment and classifications, which the NCHSAA reviews every four years. The Association is currently in a realignment period. The new conferences will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year.

Last month, the NCHSAA released a computer generated realignment model from SAS. The model created conferences with no more than eight teams in them and no fewer than six teams. Other criteria required conferences not to be split between classifications, and they were also grouped geographically.

After input from schools and corrections to some Average Daily Membership numbers, the NCHSAA staff has worked on a new draft proposal.

NCHSAA Commissioner Davis Whitfield said Thursday morning that the new draft proposal will be released to the schools on Friday.

Once the new proposal comes out, the Realignment Committee will have input. Schools can also raise concerns during meetings in January. The final plan will be released and approved next spring.

Pods here to stay for football

A controversial way to seed the football state playoffs will stick around until further notice.

The NCHSAA Sports Committee reviewed the pod system – a method of seeding football teams in the playoffs based on geography – but decided to recommend no action to the board as far as change.

Herman Little, chairman of the committee, said the NCHSAA should continue to monitor the status of the pod system.

There was a minor change made to the football state playoffs on Thursday. Next season, teams who play endowment games (an 11th game during the regular season) will be allowed to drop any non-conference game for seeding purposes in the state playoffs.

Teams report 10-game records to the NCHSAA for the playoffs. This past season, if teams elected to play an 11th game, they had to declare one game an endowment game. When it came time to seed the playoffs, teams had to drop the declared endowment game whether or not they won or lost the game.

Basketball playoffs to change this year

State playoffs for boys and girls basketball in North Carolina will look different this year.

The NCHSAA passed a motion on Thursday to seed the basketball state playoffs like the football playoffs are seeded, with the exception of subdivisions.

In the past, the NCHSAA has assigned conference's slots on the bracket and filled the slots accordingly based on conference finishes. This year, each conference champion will be seeded based on overall winning percentage, followed by each No. 2 team from each conference, then the No. 3 teams.

Once the top three teams are seeded from each conference, the remaining spots will be filled on an at-large basis based on the overall and conference wins.

"It's the same idea as the pod system, it's just that we won't subdivide basketball," said Deputy Commissioner Que Tucker.

The request to seed the playoffs came from the NC Basketball Coaches Association.

Another change for basketball revolves around the conference tournaments. The NCHSAA approved a motion to allow schools in split conferences to have two conference tournaments instead of one.

More to come...


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  • scooterdeal Dec 14, 2011

    NC high school football playoffs are a joke now. A and AA mess is terrible and only promotes more mediocrity play. How can you have a legit playoff system when more than half of the teams have a losing or .500 record. It is also an absolute joke that one conference can spawn 2 state champions because of the A and AA divisions.

  • lakersfan2012 Dec 9, 2011

    pods = no good for HS football

  • Garnerwolf1 Dec 8, 2011

    Another opportunity lost. Then again, unless it's pick up in the backyard, money ultimately rules all sports.