Expect some adjustments in the rules for selecting and seeding Class A playoff teams next week at the Georgia High School Association’s executive committee meeting.
The GHSA has used a power-rating points system to pick and seed 16 public and 16 private teams in state tournament sports such as football and basketball. The system essentially awards 10 points for wins, one point for every win by an opponent and bonus points for playing teams in higher classifications.
The biggest complaint has been those bonus points. Playing a Class AAAAA opponent that goes 10-0 is worth 18 points, even if the Class A teams loses 40-0.
‘’We’re looking at ways to tweak the actual number where you get most of your points by beating people,’’ GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said.
Swearngin said he didn’t expect major changes in the middle of a two-year reclassification.
“Let it run its course,’’ Swearngin said. “If this is what determines the playoffs the first year, keep in the same. I don’t think any changes would be dramatic.’’
Other issues on the agenda of the GHSA’s meetings, which are Sunday and Monday in Macon, include:
- Alexander has proposed that the state basketball tournament be seeded based on computer rankings. The 32 playoff qualifiers in each class (the top four from each region) would remain the same. Computer rankings would seed them 1-32.
- Lovett has proposed applying a multiplier to students who don’t live in the school district or service area when classifying schools. That could mean higher classifications beginning in 2014 for private, charter, magnet, city and open-enrollment schools.
- Habersham Central has proposed going from the current six to three classifications for the regular season and back to six for the playoffs. The ‘’three classes/six championships’’ plan, which resembles what South Carolina does, would allow an isolated AAAAAA school such as Habersham Central to play regular-season contests against closer AAAAA schools. Currently, Habersham, which is just miles from South Carolina, plays in a region with metro Atlanta teams.
- The GHSA will re-consider a proposal to allow its members to schedule contests against members of the Georgia Independent School Association. A similar plan was rejected last year. Some GHSA schools want to schedule GISA opponents to save on travel, but other, more isolated GHSA members fear that will make it harder for them to schedule games.