High School State Tournament Seeding, All State & Showcase Selection Process

 By Jim Powers, AHAI High School Chairman

As the end of the regular season approaches, we receive numerous questions regarding seeding for the State Tournament, as well as All State and Showcase team selections. There are many misconceptions that exist regarding the above and AHAI’s role. The following is a synopsis of the process in place.

State Tournament Seeding Process

Each year every High School Club is provided an information packet which contains all information necessary to apply and/or register for the State Tournament online. In this application/registration packet teams are provided information in regards to seeding for the State Tournament. The system in place provides for coaches from each team to vote and/or seed each team. In the information packet provided, it is recommended that each coach seed and/or rank other teams that coach’s team has played, or that he or she has seen play. Each coach’s ranking and/or seeding is inputted into the computer program, which then provides an average ranking and/or seeding for each team. The highest average ranked team is then seeded number one, with the remaining teams following in descending order. The seeding and/or ranking of teams for the State Tournament is done solely based upon the coaches’ vote. The only role that AHAI plays in the seeding and/or ranking process is the accumulation of the data necessary to rank the teams.


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