New Playoff System for M.A.I.S. A and AA Football Teams Approved

By: Louis Montesi, III Email
By: Louis Montesi, III Email

The M.A.I.S. has approved a new playoff format for its A and AA football teams for the 2013-2014 school year.

Brandon Shields, a prep and junior college sports writer for the Clarion Ledger made the announcement through his twitter account on Tuesday.

The following description is a quote from a document that outlines how the "power points" will be determined. It was approved by the M.A.I.S. near the end of April.

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The wild card teams used in the playoffs will be determined by
examining each team’s power point rating. The power point rating is
defined to be the average of power points earned.

The formula for calculating this rating will be this: The number of power points earned divided by the number of games played.

The only games that will have any effect on power point ratings are
those games between MAIS member schools that are competing for
district championships, and that were assigned by the Football
Committee and/or Director of Activities.

All football games, regardless of class, will be played until a winner is
determined. Should the score be tied at the end of regulation play, the
MAIS tiebreaker will be used. The power point rating set forth by the
committee is based on awarding points for wins and losses, not ties.

Teams will receive power points for every win, and every loss, when
the opponent is a MAIS member school participating for the district
championship.

Power points shall be awarded as follows:
• A win over a Class A opponent earns 12 points, plus 1 point for
each win the opponent has at the end of the year
• A win over a Class AA opponent earns 14 points, plus 1 point for
each win the opponent has at the end of the year
• A win over a Class AAA-D2 opponent earns 15 points, plus 1
point for each win the opponent has at the end of the year
• A win over a Class AAA-D1 opponent earns 16 points, plus 1
point for each win the opponent has at the end of the year
• A loss to a Class A opponent earns 1 point for each win the Class
A opponent has at the end of the year.
• A loss to a Class AA opponent earns 1 point for each win the
Class AA opponent has at the end of the year, plus 2 points.
• A loss to a Class AAA-D2 opponent earns 1 point for each win
the Class AAA-D2 opponent has at the end of the year, plus 3
points.
• A loss to a Class AAA-D1 opponent earns 1 point for each win
the Class AAA-D1 opponent has at the end of the year, plus 4
points.

Should Team A lose a game from its schedule due to an opponent’s
forfeiture because of a program shutting down, a program dropping
down to eight-man football, or any other situation approved by the
Director of Activities, the game Team A lost will not be used in power
point calculations.

In addition, the results of any game not approved by the Football
Committee, and not on the final draft of the football schedule, will not
affect power point ratings, unless approved by the Director.

Should there be two or more teams that have the same power point
rating, the following tiebreaker sequence will be used to break the tie:

a. Head to head competition
b. Record vs. common opponents
c. Point differential* vs. common opponents
d. Point differential* vs. all opponents
e. Coin toss
*There is a cap of 18 points placed on the point differential.

Note: The AAC has determined that the process of implementing this
tiebreaker is continuous. Once the teams that are tied start with step 1,
the steps will be followed in succession until all the teams involved
have been awarded a place.

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The 16 teams will be seeded from one to 16 in a bracket where number one will face number 16, two will face 15, etc.


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