In Arizona it differs for each classification. For the smallest 1A, they have I think just 2 regions, they take the top 4 from each and there you go. 2A, they have 5 regions, so they take the top 3 from each region, and 1 extra from the region who won the state title the previous year. 3A, 4 regions, top 4 from each region, 16 team tourney. 4A and 5A, each have 2 separate divisions, don't ask why they just didn't do a 6A, so in 4A Division 1 & 2, they have power points, same with 5A division 1 & 2. Just another quick question: WHo seams to dominate your smaller conferences? We have been having a dilema of sorts with our private schools, 3 petition up and play 5A ball, the rest stay in 2a and have been dominating the sports scene the last few years, anybody eles experiencing this? Us by moving to 3A from 2A, we will only play 1 private school, but really enjoy the difference they brought to the 2A level. There are of course transfer rules, etc., but some have gone around them, again just wondering what it's like in other states.
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Well this is more of a national playoff but you guys might be interested.
Here in Finland there are 3 Divisions (Maple League, Division 1 and 2). My team is in the 2nd Division. Top 4 teams qualify for the playoffs. The league champion gets an automatic promotion to the 1st Division. Second place plays the #7 team from D1 for a possible promotion.
In Wisconsin, where I'm from originally we have 7 divisions of football. The top 192 teams in the state (Basically all teams with records .500 or better in conference) qualify for the playoffs, then are divided by enrollment. We also have a big problem with the private schools. Most are from the big cities and they recruit many of the best players in town. Then by enrollment they are in the smallest divisions. There is talk about giving these schools an enrollment credit when it comes to the playoffs so they are bumped up a division or two.
In Virginia, there are three classifications for public schools, A, AA, and AAA. Each classification is divided into four geographic reagions. For football only, each classification is divided in half according to school population. AAA, for example, is divided into Division 6 (largest schools) and Division 5. These divisions are done within the regions. Each team that wins its district (league) automatically gets into the regional playoffs. Then, they add teams based on power points (wins + wins for teams that you defeated) and seeded #1-4. Higher seeds play at home. Until this year, district winners were automatically given the higher seed. This year, seeding will be done strictly by power points. So, for us to win the AAA Division 5 state championship, we'd have to win the Regional semifinals and finals, state semifinal against another regional winner, then the championship game. Before you ask why the clunky system, it was done as a way to expand the playoffs without adding extra games. Wouldn't want to delay basketball season, would we?