Seeding changes coming to basketball, football tourneys

Jun 20, 2018

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Board agreed to adjust seeding procedures for both the state basketball and state football tournaments during its June 3 meeting.

The Executive Board approved the use of a Football Seeding Committee to seed the 16 allocated teams (eight teams for the 1B classification) into the state tournament bracket. Three committees of 10 members plus one chairman will be formed to analyze the quality of teams, with each committee overseeing two classifications.

Committee members will be selected through an applications process with approval coming from the WIAA Executive Board.

The WIAA State Basketball Tournament will be seeded based on a team’s finish in the RPI. On a recommendation from the RPI Committee, the Exexcutive Board voted to change the RPI formula to a 40-40-20 model (40 percent winning percentage + 40 percent opponents’ winning percentage + 20 percent opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage).

In addition, the Executive Board voted to adopt criteria to adjust the seeds of teams ranked Nos. 9-16 at the end of the season to avoid elimination games between teams from the same league.

The WIAA Representative Assembly previously voted to pass 14 amendments for the 2018-19 school year.

A new amendment will allow judgment calls that result in an ejection to be appealed. School-approved video evidence must be submitted to the WIAA office by a principal or designee. This is an expansion of the current appeals criteria which only apply to misinterpretation or misapplication of rules and regulations.

The principal/designee must contact WIAA administrative staff within one school business day after the conclusion of the contest and staff must determine an incorrect judgment call was made before making an appeal to the school’s league.

Among the passed amendments, is a change which allow student athletes at either the middle level or high school level to have the opportunity to participate in competitions against professional or college athletes provided he or she is not representing a WIAA member school.

Four sport-specific amendments were passed, making minor adjustments regarding eligibility and scheduling. In baseball, a pitcher will be allowed to complete an at-bat if he entered the at-bat below the 105-pitch count limitation. In soccer, a player who receives two yellow cards will no longer be suspended for an additional match after the ejection. In basketball, a player may play in 80 quarters per season regardless of the number of games he or she appeared in. In volleyball, high school sub-varsity contests may be 2/3, 3/3, 3/5 or 5/5 sets.

Two amendments were passed specific to the middle level only. Sixth graders may now participate with and against seventh and eighth graders in wrestling and middle level volleyball teams will be allowed to compete in two one-day tournaments as part of their schedule.

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