Posted by State Confusions on March 04, 2020 at 21:54:43:
I am trying to make sense of the state playoffs seeding, and I would appreciate any thoughtful insight.
I want to use D4 state bracket as an example, there are others, but this is the most obvious injustice. Bot Artesia and Ganesha were as the SS D5 champs (AA and A respectively), but CIF decided to move both programs up to D4 for state. Ganesha gets the 13th seed and Artesia the 16th seed. Lucky Artesia, they got to play Lancaster in the opening round, and they got blown out. However, Ganesha was able to pull off the upset.
Turning to the D5 state bracket, San Jacinto Valley (SJV), S. Berandino, and Rubidoux all advance to the next round. This despite the fact that Artesia defeated both SJV and S. Berandino in route to the SS D5 AA title. But because of the seeding of the state, Artesia is done for the year. Ganesha has a shot at getting to the quarter finals, but this is besides the point, both of these teams should still be in D5 for state. And if this were the case they would have had a shot at advancing to the states capital to represent the SS.
This seems like a grave injustice to those, and others, kids that are forced to play up and get a beat down. All the while, the teams that they have already defeated in the SS playoffs get to continue to advance in the state playoffs.
Perhaps I am missing something, but why didn't these programs stay in D5 for state, and then give Lancaster a first round bye? The obvious answer would be money, no? More games, more money. Unfortunately, for Artesia they won't have an opportunity play on. And Ganesha will face a similar story when the run into Lancaster next week.
Am I missing something, or is this an issue (one of many) that CIF needs to address?
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