Out-of-state competition will now count
RENTON — A new prep postseason seeding format will be incorporated next year, as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association looks to combat distortion that can occur in the RPI system when it does not include out-of-state competition.
Starting with the fall 2020 sports season, seeding committees of athletic directors, coaches, administrators and media will meet following district tournaments to place teams in the state brackets.
A seeding committee has been used for state football the last two years, and that step will now extend to basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball and baseball. Each sport will have its own committee.
Nothing is official on how many members each committee will have, but football currently operates with eight to nine members.
The imperfections of the RPI system became apparent last basketball season when the King’s boys basketball team of Seattle was a 14-seed in the state tournament and won the 1A state title over 6-seed Lynden Christian, an outcome many didn’t see as an upset.
The 2019-20 King’s team went 19-10 overall, winning its last five games to take state. Four of its losses were in a December holiday tournament in Arizona.
There won’t be any changes to wrestling, tennis, track, cross country or bowling because postseason qualification is on an individual basis.