I moved this conversation to its own thread because I think it deserves its own space and I didn't want to clog up the basketball thread up anymore than we already have. This is the email I sent to the MPSSAA concerning their decision to predetermine the homecourt in the regional finals:
It seems that the new sectional alignment for the basketball playoffs has led to the homecourt for the regional championships to be predetermined. This seems to be extremely unfair to the teams that have earned homecourt advantage for their regular season success as well as being unfair to their fans.
Many of the teams in the finals are no longer hosting region final games as our membership has been moving toward more central/neutral sites for these games, especially those regions that are more spread out and require lengthy travel. Some are doing it to provide the best facility for spectators to see the games. Therefore, the consensus was to have a fair rotation for the host sites.
Can someone tell me what this response has to do with my email? This is exactly what's wrong with sports in this state. Incompetence. They replied with some gibberish that didn't even halfway address my concerns and honestly it's a flat out lie. How many finals have been moved to neutral cites over the years and what does that have to do with the higher seeds not having homecourt advantage? How does this create a fair rotation? If a higher seed wanted to move their game to a neutral site then ok. That has nothing to do with them being forced to play games at the court of lower seeds. I'm sure if Atholton has to play City they aren't going to be looking for a neutral cite unless they're forced to.
Their response makes absolutely no sense. I wonder if they even read my email at all. I just wanted to put this out there so we could see the type of decision making that's going on at that office. It's a complete embarrassment.
Edited by 85Knight, 26 February 2014 - 05:47 PM.