Format for your State Championships

Interested to see how states run their state Tournaments.

In Illinois it is 4 classes based on enrollment with roughly 140 schools in each.  Single elimination - so the winner must win 7 in a row (possibly 8 if a very low seed).  Schools are placed into one of 8 geographic sectionals and then seeded within by coaches.  Sectional winners make up the quarterfinals.

Public and privates together.  Privates and open enrollment public schools have their enrollment numbers adjusted based on few factors.

 

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Our's is similar, about 500 schools, but not everyone makes the playoffs. Usually it's top half of each league will qualify. Single elimination -- have to win 5 (or 6 if low seed). Public and privates together. Seven classifications (Division 1, Division 2, etc.) -- but it's like English soccer: finish at or near the bottom of your division and you're moved down to a lower division next year; finish at or near the top and you're moved up. The net result is that the higher divisions are really strong, with the overwhelming majority of the top teams. That said, the team that won Division 3 this year was darn good, and will see themselves in Division 2 next year.

In Texas, each classification (which is based on population), has 32 districts.  4 team from each district make the playoffs, so 128 total teams.  That makes 7 rounds of playoffs, the first 5 being weekly, until the final four meet in a one game semi-final and championship.  The first 5 rounds are either 1 or 3 game series, depending on what coaches agree to or a coin-flip.  Each team has equal footing, with champions having no more say in length of series or location than a 4th place team from neighboring district.

The interesting thing is that the brackets for first 5 rounds of matchups are all geographically set up.  District 1 plays district 2, 3 vs 4...etc.  Very possible for two great teams to play in the first round, while lesser teams make it further because of matchups.  

 

Here is our bracket this year.

 

http://www.uiltexas.org/baseba...yoff-brackets/5A/2-4

2020txcatch posted:

In Texas, each classification (which is based on population), has 32 districts.  4 team from each district make the playoffs, so 128 total teams.  That makes 7 rounds of playoffs, the first 5 being weekly, until the final four meet in a one game semi-final and championship.  The first 5 rounds are either 1 or 3 game series, depending on what coaches agree to or a coin-flip.  Each team has equal footing, with champions having no more say in length of series or location than a 4th place team from neighboring district.

The interesting thing is that the brackets for first 5 rounds of matchups are all geographically set up.  District 1 plays district 2, 3 vs 4...etc.  Very possible for two great teams to play in the first round, while lesser teams make it further because of matchups.  

 

Here is our bracket this year.

 

http://www.uiltexas.org/baseba...yoff-brackets/5A/2-4

You are in our region, which school? 

Older son graduated in 2015, youngest will start next year @ Cleburne.  

Late to the party, but I figured I'd throw my state in the ring. I'm in California. We don't have a state tournament. Mostly because we have over 1500 schools in our state and traveling would be insane if we used some geographical or population system to determine equal divisions. My school is in the Central Coast Section (1 of 10 sections in California) and our section has ~110 teams in it. 48 of those teams make the section tournament which is broken up into 4 divisions. Open division is the top 8 teams in the Section, this typically filled with elite private schools (this year we had 2 nationally top 50 teams in our Open Division). After that is the 16-team Division 1, 16-team Division 2, and 8-team Division 3. D1-3 are determined by school enrollment size. All individual league champions are guaranteed a spot in the section tournament. Each individual league is also guaranteed a particular number of spots in the tournament. The remaining teams earn entry though a power points system.

 

There are a lot of issues with this system from a completive equity standpoint. We're hoping to figure out a way to get back to a more even state tournament, but that probably won't happen any time in the near future.

In VA - Public and Private separate.  In publics - 6 classes.  Each class has 4 regions which determine how many teams make the regional.  It is not uniform across the state.  Top 2 advance to "States"  in single elimination.   Regional Final is a "seeding" game with winner as #1 seed from region and loser as #2 from Region. 

The 4 regions enter state tournament of 8 teams with bracket changing from year to year matching the various regions so that Region A play B in Year 1, C in Year 2 and D in Year 3.  In round of 8 #1 seeds play 2's and it is single elimination.

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