Rule changed covertly, only in blue book until too late


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Posted by advisory commitee failing to advise on February 14, 2017 at 15:30:03:

In Reply to: Re: Cif byes posted by Coach on February 14, 2017 at 14:00:15:

: : : : : Is it too many byes, or too many divisions?

: : : : Remember, the only reason this happened is CIF changed the rule in November after everyone set their schedule.

: : : : This won't happen next year because coaches will schedule easy wins to ensure being .500

: : : The rule was made in the summer ALONG with all other sports EXCEPT football. For those crying that the rule was made in November, you are incorrect. Maybe your schedule was done in the summer, but the rule was known before the season started.

: : ...there are a lot of uniformed coaches out there. I have talked to several coaches both boys and girls and they didn't know about it until it was too late.

: : And they are all planning how to ease up their schedule next season to assure .500.

: : The question is - will the tourneys now not take top teams if they are a mid-level tourney? Because the mid-level teams no longer want the L's.

: : Just a mess all the way around.

: I run a mid level tournament and 2 years ago we had a couple big names, the mid level teams complained already and last year we didnt have any. I think it might make it harder for top teams to get into smaller tournaments if they get the same backlash.

Expect Omega League AD's to have their voicemail full this offseason. Some coaches will decide to leave multiple dates open until late in the season.

Any time a major rule change is made and it is not well-publicized, the CIF and scibca have both failed in their duties to the sport. All coaches should not only be informed of, but should also have a vote on this, not just scibca or an advisory committee.

And spare me "it's their job to know" - most coaches would have objected loudly to the rule had it not been changed quietly. Basketball hasn't had the .500 rule or anything similar in a decade.

All other sports except football have always followed the rule, that hasn't changed. In previous seasons, the blue book contained no information pertaining to basketball playoffs at-large requirements. Coaches were accustomed to waiting for the bulletin for playoff info. This season was different, the change was in the blue book. No reminder in the divisional breakdown before the season. Cronyism at CIF, just the way they like it.


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