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Posted by The Commish on February 05, 2018 at 09:14:50:

In Reply to: City section seeding posted by City Coach on February 04, 2018 at 20:42:28:

: In the city section, how they come up with the seeds for playoffs. What weighs more: maxpreps rankings or league record?

Here is the text from the LA City Section Playoff Bulletin for the 2018 Basketball Playoffs. It describes everything about the seeding process in detail:

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The seeding for the LA City Basketball Championships will be conducted by three separate committees (Boys Open, 1, 2, 3 / Girls Open 1, 2, 3 / Boys & Girls 4, 5) representing the Coastal, East and Valley Regions. The Section representative for boys & girls basketball will break any tie votes. Teams eligible for the Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV and Division V playoff brackets have been pre-determined prior to the season. Every team in Division I has earned an automatic berth in the playoffs (Section advisory committee decision).

Order of Seeding
The Seeding Committee will first select and seed the top eight schools from the entire Section to determine the Open Division for both boys and girls.

Next, the Seeding Committee will then seed teams 1 - 16 in Division I (or as many necessary) and teams 1 – 16 in Divisions II, III, IV and V. The meeting will be held Saturday, February 10, 2018, at the Section Office. The seeding announcement for all divisions will be released by 5 p.m.

NO COACHES or MEDIA WILL BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE SEEDING MEETING EXCEPT ONE COACHES’ REPRESENTIVE PER COMMITTEE. Three coaches (one per committee) will be non-voting members of the committee and are to provide additional or valuable information to the Seeding Committee.

• All league champions are guaranteed a playoff berth (unless there is a tie) for the division that has been pre-determined before the season. If multiple teams tie as league champions, one will be determined as the automatic entry and the others as at-large entries with no guarantees of making the playoffs (tie-breakers include head-to-head, record vs. league opponents beginning with the champion and working down, common non-league opponents, etc. - see below).
• League champions are not guaranteed a home game. The higher seeded team gets priority for a home game regardless if they play a league champion (Section Gold Book bylaw).
• The school with the higher seed (1 being the highest) will be designated as the home school in all rounds.
• No first round games are to be played against league opponents (when possible but not guaranteed in the case of the Open Division). If necessary, seeds may be flipped-flopped to avoid same league matchups.
• Teams will be listed on the board in numerical order according to MaxPreps divisional rankings prior to the discussion and seeding of teams.
• Tie-breakers when discussing more than one team at a time:
o Head-to-Head Competition
o Common Opponent
Note- a forfeit will not be considered as a factor when comparing a common opponent. Comparison of teams will be evaluated by actual results (win/loss) determined on the court.
o Quality wins vs. teams ranked above you (*MaxPreps state rankings)
o Quality losses vs. teams ranked above you (*MaxPreps state rankings)
o Quality wins within the division vs. teams ranked above you (*MaxPreps state rankings)
*MaxPreps state rankings as of the playoff seeding committee meeting
• MaxPreps Criteria: as voted on by the Section basketball advisory, the seeding committee will review three rankings provided by MaxPreps as part of the seeding formulas- ORI (overall ratings index), RPI (rating percentage index) and SOS (strength of schedule) to help determine the selection of teams.
• Strength of league is used for discussion purposes only.

NOTE- ranking basketball teams is an art, not a science. Please be respectful of the work put forth by a group of volunteers (playoff seeding committee) making a strong effort for equity and fairness.

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