Posted by Theresa Carey, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Nov 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm
This issue has come up many times at CCS seeding meetings. I attended 5 of them earlier this decade when I coached at Paly. The coaches passed a resolution stating that league champs should be seeded higher than others in their league a few years ago (I vaguely recall 2004) but it was denied by the CCS athletic director committee.
The worksheet for calculating power points is supposedly designed to keep what appears to be a political decision from happening. Each coach brings in a worksheet to the seeding meeting, which is checked over for accuracy. The teams that automatically make the playoffs are determined (top 3 finishers in the SCVAL De Anza Division, for instance), then power point rankings fill out the remaining spots.
Then the teams in each division are simply ranked by their power point calculation. No politics, no jiggling, nothing.
I know there are coaches who seek out opportunities to increase their power points, but some of them are hard to predict. When I was at Paly, we scheduled several non-league matches against teams that would give us more power points, win or lose (and we usually won :) ). Apparently both Los Gatos and Mt. View had opportunities to play teams during tournaments who turned out to be league champions at the end of the season; a team gets extra points for playing against a league champ. But you don't get to pick who you're going to play during a tournament. That's just luck of the draw.
The league in which an opponent plays is also important -- CCS leagues are ranked A, B and C, which extra points given to teams that play against A-league teams. So it helps a lot to play in the SCVAL De Anza Division, because all of those teams are A-ranked. (El Camino teams are B-ranked and a team earns fewer points for playing them.)
The big kicker, points-wise, is that non-CCS leagues are ALL counted at the B level -- even if they're nationally ranked otherwise. So the Reno tournament in which Paly played early on did not help them with their power points. Los Gatos and Mt. View played in the Milpitas Spikefest instead, and had many CCS opponents who gave them more points.
I hate that particular rule because it means that teams who want to collect power points should stay close to home all season, rather than branching out and going to more interesting tournaments such as Reno or Davis. The great thing about the far-off tournaments is that they give the teams a chance to bond in the early season, and to take a look at teams they may play if they make it to NorCals.