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Posted by complainer on March 02, 2020 at 21:32:46:

In Reply to: Re: This is the complaint - Answered posted by OC Hoops on March 02, 2020 at 14:15:55:

: : : : They come from way behind to beat Aquinas for the CIF D4 Title, then they get bumped to 14th seed in D1 state while Aquinas is #1 in State D4 now thatís totally unfair

: : : With competitive equity teams are moved to the division that best fits its ability. The number of students in the school or the size of the campus has nothing to do with competitive equity. RA was in D4 based on past seasons production. The state is placing teams based on this seasons accomplishments. This is how a D4 team can go up to a higher division. The state CIF is placing them where they belong based on true competitive equity.

: : No transparency.

: : RA was placed several divisions up without the public or even the coaches knowing how the process works. It was arbitrary. Last year the D4 Central champion was dropped to D5 and absolutely dominated everyone, where was the equity there? The lack of transparency leads people to accuse the committee of playing favorites, or doing favors. What's their process? D1 City Champ Palisades is D4, and D2 City Champ Roosevelt is D5.

: Foreign National Team complainer - if teams can be moved up to the open, they most certainly can be moved from D4 to D1 using the same criteria. If your administrators didnít have to spend so much time getting foreign athletes & transfers eligible, perhaps they would have taken time to understand the options the section has in designating teams for state playoff divisional placement, Go to AND, read the blue book, read the playoff handbooks. Educate yourself

Anyone who's watched HS ball the past 5 years knows that movement takes place between CIF and State divisions. The complaint is, there's no guideline anywhere as to what level of success can move a team up or down. Arbitrary means "on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system".

The guidelines in the Regional Handbook make Bill Hancock's press conferences/interviews about the College Football Playoff selection process seem informative. The two word explanation from CIF is "competitive equity"...that's the only criteria. At least Hancock releases five sets of rankings before the Selection Show to give us some idea of their thought process.

The Southern Section has a point system that gives coaches an idea of what division they will be in the following season. However, teams competing in the State tournament have no idea what their field will look like or what Division they will play in until the brackets come out. At least the SS Open Division has a watch list, and all teams selected to play in it thus far have been from Division 1.

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