South Section prepares to present new football playoff proposal

There will be some interesting conversations in Palm Springs this weekend when the South Section Executive Committee meets.

The number 1 on the agenda is discussing a proposal to review the way teams are placed in the football playoff divisions. Currently, teams are assigned before the season based on recent performances. The South Section proposal would classify all teams according to their performance in 2020 at the end of the season. Therefore, no one would know in which division they are until after the last game of the regular season.

A great cultural change would be required by everyone involved, and that will depend on the South Section Council composed of members of the league to decide. The first reading of the proposal will be later this month.

Commissioner Rob Wigod said his office finally did what many wanted to happen: being able to use current records to classify teams. That means that schools that lose 35 seniors will not be trapped in a higher division according to the record of the previous year and teams that bring transfers and suddenly become good will not be in lower divisions according to season performance. previous.

“We’ve done our job,” said Wigod. “Now it depends on the Council.”

There is some good news to be discussed. Wigod reports that income from the playoffs in football last fall increased significantly. In 2018, the South Section saw 23,000 less sold tickets and a revenue drop of $ 115,073.90.

“I am encouraged that people come to watch games,” Wigod said.

The proposal for the playoff divisions will receive a first reading at the next meeting of the League Officers’ Council later this month.

The Executive Committee also has to decide whether to recommend the South Section vote to approve the state baseball and soccer championships that are set to begin in 2021.

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