CLASS A FOOTBALL PLAY-OFFS
The 28 largest schools are assigned to Class A and are divided into 4 districts. District assignments will be given based on the last 2 years of wild card averages. Teams will be assigned using the true serpentine method with the highest wild card average to the lowest wildcard average. The teams within the district will play a round robin schedule with the first, second and third place teams in each district qualifying play-offs. Using the point system and the point system tie breaker, the 4 teams with the highest regular season point average that did not finish as a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place team in their district will qualify for the play-offs, making a total of 16 teams. The point system and the point system tiebreaker will be used to seed the 16 qualifying teams.
In the event of a tie in the two year wild card average, the tie will be broken using the previous year’s wild card average and the current NSAA tie breaking system. In the event of a classification change in Class A, that school will become the 28th team.
Steps for Determining District Places
To determine 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace, the win-loss record within the district will be the first consideration.
If teams are tied, competition between the tied teams will be considered.
If the tie cannot be broken by Step 2, the overall winning percentage of all games played will be considered.
If at any step there are only two teams tied, refer to Step 2 to break the tie.
If the tie cannot be broken by Step 3, determine which team(s) played the greatest number of teams with a winning record.
If the tie remains, the point system average and point system tiebreaker will be used.
Host School In the first round of the play-offs, the team with the highest point average will host.
If the schools have identical point averages, the point system tiebreaker will be used to determine the host school.
For quarterfinal and semifinal games, the following procedure will be used:
If the two teams both hosted their previous game, the team with the highest point average will host. If their point averages are the same, the team with the higher seed will host.
If the two teams were both visitors in their previous game, the team with the highest point average will host. If their point averages are the same, the team with the higher seed will host.