Below are the criteria for qualifying for the playoffs, as well as how points will be awarded to teams to rank them for seeding purposes.
Clearly, several more teams will qualify for the playoffs under the new qualifying standards, which will ask teams in some leagues to win as few as two games. I’d like to hear how everyone feels about it. I have stated in the past my affinity for an open tournament where every team is invited regardless of record. This practically ensures that.
As for the point system, it does, at least in theory, reward teams for playing stronger opponents because those games earn them bonus points, win or lose. With an 18-game schedule, two bonus points are rewarded for playing a team that finishes the season 14-4 or better, while, obviously, one point is rewarded for facing a team between 9-9 and 13-5.
QUALIFYING STANDARDS —
Teams must meet one, and only one, of the following winning percentages:
• 25% overall record
• 25% of league record
• 25% of class record (games against teams in team’s class)
• 25% of class, and above, record (combined games against teams in class and above classes)
SEEDING POINT VALUES —
Teams will be awarded the following:
• 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 for playing a team who has a winning percentage of .750, or above — teams receive this if they win or lose, and it will be 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
Note: Bonus points are awarded for games played against teams within the New York state Federation, which includes: NYSPHSAA (Sections 1 thru 11), PSAL (New York city publics), CHSAA (catholic), and independent schools.