Be Happy with Playoffs


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Posted by High School Coach on February 11, 2020 at 21:56:45:

You have more than 500 high schools in CIFSS so any plan will not help some schools. This is better than school enrollment because the schools that recruit would be in like div 5 winning a championship by 50 or more points. This is actually balancing the field.
Two years ago should be eliminated because of graduations. Base it on last season until they can come up with same season rankings which will be difficult because many coaches don't post all finals scores on MaxPreps.com. They should be posting final scores for all levels on MaxPreps for school history and to help some schools with scheduling games for next season.
If you are in tough league you are already playing tough teams then play easier teams to build your wins so you can get above .500 level.
Reduce auto qualifiers to two per league and then use MaxPreps rankings based on schedule strength and wins to fill out the brackets. A fourth place team in a league with an overall record of 7-18 should not be in playoffs.
If a team doesn't win a first or second round game do NOT move them up. Wait to you see some of the scores this year of teams who got moved up and one team who was in semi-finals and played in state championships and stayed in division while other teams were moved up
and they will lose bad in first round while that one team will probably advance.
This is all a journey for these young people and while some want to beat teams so they can brag how good they are (and some parents miss the journey for that reason for their children), most players work to get better, have any success they earn and are simply happy to be participating. This is high school.
Nothing wrong with working to be the best but don't come on here bragging about how good your school is or a player is, rankings or trophies don't make a season. Making more friends, learning teamwork, hard work ethics, loyalty to the team, enhancing respect and sportsmanship skills and actually playing hard, yet fair are the real rewards. We don't need trophies at our school to be told how good we are. We know we are good people and highly respected by opponents and that is way more important than the scoreboard or a trophy for the thousands of students playing high school sports every year in southern California.


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