As a former executive committee member, allow me to add this correction--The executive committee is made up of principals only (no ADs) plus 3
other reps..their recommendations go to the Board of Trustees which is made up
of School Board Members from each region. The executive committee reps get
feedback from their regions and hold several meetings prior to putting any
decision to a vote and advanced to the Board of Trustees.There has
been a trend to move away from loser-bracket games for a number of reasons.
Time is a big factor as it is difficult to schedule all the layers of a full
elimination tournament when the 3A, 4A, and 5A schools often share the same
venue. Cost is also a factor as the local university faciliities are expensive.
Availability is a factor as some institutions are already booked for other
events. There is much pressure from the state school board and legisilators to
keep students in school as much as possible. The current format does reduce the
days out of school for students, teachers, and administrators. It also reduces
the costs for hotels and some transportation.
It says Layton won the coin toss... The DeNews presumed that, but actually
Fremont won the flip and chose to be seeded #2 so they'd be in opposite
bracket as Riverton.. I think maybe AF is better than Lehi at this point in the
The only facility that has no college or conference affiliation that has to be
worked around is the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. All the brackets and all
of the games can be played there. UVU had to send the state wrestling tournament
to the Maverik Center last week because of their conference affiliation with the
Wac and playing one game. At least 1A thru 3A could have been hosted at the
Sevier Valley Center. With SUU and UVU becoming more involved in their
conference affiliations they will be able to host less and less.
Just Me-The Executive Committee is who oversees all of HS sports in Utah. They
are made up of principals and ADs from all of the regions across the state.
They are who tell UHSAA what to do.
The Executive committee? What do you mean?
Just Me--you are looking in the wrong place. It all starts with the Principals
and the Executive Committee. UHSAA and SUU have nothing to do with the
And if it's a time issues, HOW did Weber State handle it last year in 3A
with the exact same amount of teams?
Re: True ObserverGive me a break. There was as many teams last year
as there has been in past years and SUU handled it just fine. It was a time
issue, you are correct. SUU wanted to host the tourney to get the money AND
still have their scheduled college game. If ya can't do it
right...don't do it!!! As for your "dream to win a
championship" I find that a funny statement considering they were telling
parents and players last year to hurry up and get off the floor because they had
"a college game that night." Wow. you get your dream and get told
"NEXT!!!" Good facility; poorly ran and scheduled.Also,
have 4A & 5A play in Cedar and see the backlash. You hold it on the Wasatch
Front and all the teams basically sleep at home anyway. Total different
experience for the lower classifications. Two boo's. One to UHSAA and
Wow, no consolation games? That is a long way to drive to potentially watch just
one game. I really like the consolation bracket as it allows you to make an
entire basketball weekend. Now, not so sure I would spend the weekend if my team
is not playing. I am sure the host city would like more teams staying and
spending dollars. Oh well, hope my teams can make it until the last day.
SUU has nothing to do with not having a consolation bracket. The decision was
made by the state to no longer have consolation games. Whether the games are
played at Weber, Utah, or BYU the gym is the same size and there is only one gym
to play in. The high school gyms were used last year because the smaller
classifications want to take so many teams to the State tournament. The
University facility cannot handle all the games due to time not size. I do
believe that for a few years now neither the 4A or 5A teams have played
consolation games either. Who wants to play a consolation game after your dream
to win a State Championship is gone?
What's wrong with 2A having the sixteen team tourney that 1A has. There are
twenty four teams in 2A now. So the tourney would not be watered down that much.
Plus, every team would get to play at least two games. The one and done is not
a great reward for post season play. And, the girls tourney could be played the
same week as the play in games and the boys the week it has always been
scheduled. Plus, two weekends would generate more money for all involved.
Agree! I often wonder why 3A is the only classification to play home first round
games? Don't they earn the right to go to the actual tournament site? Play
20 something games and then have to play one game to earn the right to go to
tourney. And now this year no consolation games? Talk about waste of travel
costs!! Teams will travel large distances for first round to play ONE game! And
THEN the next week have to drive AGAIN to SUU. UHSAA is once again not concerned
with lower classifications. Can anyone explain the reasoning of this??
Re: ADIDASNice call! I was going to post the same thing. USHSAA are you SERIOUS? I thought this was about the student athletes.The state experience is something many of these kids look forward to for
their entire life. I have a feeling SUU may be the culprit. They want the
"cream" of money the tourney brings in, however, do not want to be
annoyed with anything beyond the "winners." Last year in 2A the teams
had to play all consolation games @ local high schools. It was terrible because
as a fan you wanted to see some teams play that had kids you knew and liked, but
it wasn't feasible to drive all around Cedar City trying to find this game
and that game.Let's hold it in a place that can provide an
entire tourney. One loss and go home after a potential 200 mile PLUS drive?Give me a break.
Looking at the UHSAA brackets for 3A shows no consolation, so no games besides
just the winners?