SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Three-team districts not a good thing

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 16:32 PM.

All that aside, I don't like three-team districts.

In my perfect world, all districts would have between six and eight teams. A six-team district is big enough to have the excitement of a playoff race where late-season games mean something special. It also allows a team time to recover from a slow start in district play and still makes the playoffs.

An eight-team district offers the same advantages, and there is still room to schedule a few rivalry games with schools that aren't in your district. Games like Crestview and Choctaw are good for both schools, whether or not they are in the same district.

My biggest gripe with the three-team districts is I don't believe any team should be able to make the playoffs with just one district win or one win period.  And you can bet the ranch that a team with one district win will be in the playoffs in every three-team district. It's mathematically impossible for it not to happen.

I don't have as much of a problem if a team with one district win makes the playoffs if they have had a good season outside district play. I've always believed that playoffs were a reward for a good season and should never be a pat on the back for being average.

There is still plenty of time to see how things will fall into place with the new districts. 

It's safe to say that the district races in 1-7A and 2-6A this year will be sprints and not marathons.



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