At this morning’s CIF-Southern Section Council meeting — there are three meeting per school year, and at these meetings is where rules and by-laws are created, deleted or amended — a proposal came forth that would change the seeding format for boys and girls water polo playoffs.
The proposal was denied in a rare tie vote.
The proposal: Seed the CIF-SS boys and girls water playoffs strictly by seeding teams 1-16 for the 16-team playoff brackets. This way, two league champions could play each other in the first round, if that is how teams are seeded. Sometimes, one league’s No. 2 team is considered superior to another league’s No. 1.
Currently, playoff brackets in all sports in the CIF-Southern Section are created to divide teams from the same leagues into different portions of the bracket so that those teams from the same league could not play one another until later rounds, and that a league’s No. 1 team would play another league’s No. 3 team, and a No. 2 team plays another No. 2. That’s the way it is going to stay.