The Kansas State High School Activities Association executive board and board of directors have made some adjustments to fall postseason competitions.
The most notable will be to volleyball, in which all Sub States will be geographical, with the winner of each Sub State playing a neighboring Sub State champion in a match the following Tuesday, then the final four teams playing a one-day tournament at each State site.
Usually, the eight Sub State champions go to a tournament site for pool play, with the top two teams i each pool advancing to a four-team bracket the next day.
Cross county has also seen a major change, in that the State meet will not be held at Rim Rock, because the University of Kansas will not allow the high school races to be held there this year.
Instead, Class 3A and 4A runners will compete at the Wamego Country Club, while Class 1A and 2A runners will compete at Sand Plum Nature Trail in Victoria.
“The health and safety of our students continues to be the most important factor in the changes we have implemented with postseason competitions and we are pleased to expand to another venue for these championship meets,” said KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick.
Schools this year will be limited to sending seven runners, one manager and two coaches to the Regional sites.
Golf has already seen a switch from four to three Regionals for Class 3A and all classes will enter a a maximum of five individuals for Regionals and State, rather than six. Additionally, the top three teams from each Regional go to State, rather than the top four.
Tennis will have some modifications to the State tournament, to include a reduced number of qualifying singles and doubles participants, though KSHSAA did not lay out specifics as to how many will advance from Regionals.
In football, seeding criteria has been adjusted to account for any teams that didn’t play in a given week because of COVID-19. In order for that to be accounted the school must provide evidence to KSHSAA, who will review before approving. If approved, the game will be called a no contest.
Otherwise, seeding criteria will consider the following in order: win/loss percentage of all district games, head to head if teams played each other, marginal points using an average instead of a total, then drawn by lot.
Furthermore, any voluntary forfeit of a district game will eliminate a school from playoff contention.
The Spirit Gameday competition will be held virtually this year for any squads who choose to participate.