Something else. They probably feel like they wouldn't be very competitive but its not a great message to send to your kids. I'm sure money has some part to play also too though.Interesting. Vienna Matthews is 2-1 so far. Is this a COVID thing, a money thing, or something else?
I think the bye is going to depend on the number of teams that opt in. Could be wrong though. But yes first round games could be competitive if their are byes. I don't understand opting out at all. Give the kids playoff experience. If you lose you can still play games, most schools have games scheduled later already.Unfortunately (or fortunately), I think we will see a number of school opt out due to the fact that they may likely be beaten handily in the first round. I personally don't care who my son's team plays, give the kids a chance. Baseball and basketball have similar match-ups early in their tourneys and seem to survive. Also its my understanding that the top 2/4 seeds in each region get a bye??? So first round games could be more competitive than people think.
I think ALOT of seed voting will be copy and paste from eitel's site.You could have anywhere between 4-6 teams get first round byes. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. I think there will be some seeding issues like the other sports. Central Catholic League teams will be a good test of morals for coaches in Div. III. They all play each other 2x and they've been razor close games through the first time around. Hartley, Watterson and DeSales are all better than some teams in that region that will be 5-0, 4-1. Will coaches do the right thing and vote them up or will they let records get in the way?
This year, schools get 0% of the ticket money and no reimbursement for travel or other expenses. That is new. So it's impossible for a road team to make money on a playoff game, and a home team would only make money from concession/parking. So why not opt out and get the gate?I also don't understand opting out.
Why? You will still have to win your playoff games. Plus there will be no argument over the #9 team being better than the top 8, but getting left out. Only teams out will be teams who opt out, thus eliminating any and all argument.Will champions this year have an asterisk by their name/date?
They lost 41-12 to Lowellville. Any first round game against a winning team would be a bloodbath. Plus having to pay for the honor of traveling to their stadium. Just not worth it.Maybe it’s just me but I find it odd that a team (Waterloo) that has only made 1 playoff appearance in 1999 with 0 playoff wins would opt out of the playoffs.
If it’s a financial decision, then obviously their decision to change conferences 3 years ago with longer travel and increased costs was a poor one.