Playoff Format: Public/Private

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Posted by OC Hoops on February 22, 2020 at 10:06:14:

Given the chance of a private school sweep of the boys CIF-SS playoffs, is it time to separate the public and private schools in basketball at the section level? The better public schools have moved up to the top 3 divisions only to run into small private schools that use club basketball connections & international players to develop their rosters. It is truly a flawed structure, in my opinion. I am not one that believes more is better or everyone should make the playoffs.
- The Open Division has done one thing and that is provide the 8 best teams with a terrific championship. This division should be at least 16 teams.
- There are simply too many small private schools trying to be Sierra Canyon.
- The Trinity and Mission League teams are all Open Division playoff teams, due to their regionally developed roster, international players, and in many situations great coaching with sustained success.
- I would propose two 16 team private school divisions and then eight 32 team public school divisions. Teams would be placed into the state regional bracket based on the state tournament criteria, I havenít taken the time to look at the number of private school leagues so it may make sense to have a third division.
- keep in mind that the private schools can have their own international student programs while public schools only chance for a true international player is for that student to be randomly placed at their school. Why do the majority, the public schools, allow such favorable conditions for the private schools?

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