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(Neb.)- NSAA Board Votes On Post Season Hoops Changes

By: Jeremy Anderson Posted at: 04/05/2018 10:16 AM
(Chadrad Sports)- The Nebraska School Activities Association board of directors voted on Thursday morning to do away with geographical district formats for boys and girls basketball in class C1 thorugh D2 and now move to a sub-state format.

The sub-district tournaments will stay the same under the new format, based off of a schools location and classifications. The change would be noticed when the twelve sub-district winners and the next four highest teams in the power point standings would be seeded one through sixteen and paired off for district finals, most commonly held at a nuetral site between the two competing teams.

The winners of those eight district finals would then advance to the state tournament which was voted on, on Thursday morning, to stay in Lincoln for the next five years.

The sub-state format has been implemented in other NSAA sanctioned sports in previous years, including volleyball, where it has been in place since the 2015-16 season.  That year, Chadron won the C1-12 sub-district championship, and then traveled to Gothenburg to play Syracuse for the district title.  To give you an idea, it is 480 miles between Chadron and Syracuse, and with the new sub-state format in boys and girls basketball, we could continue to see match ups between two teams that are on complete opposite ends of the state.

Other changes approved by the board of directors on Thursday morning include keeping the state wrestling meet in Omaha for the next five years, but the state wrestling duals will be moved up to the weekend before the district meets are held. 

A motion to move state volleyball to the first full weekend in November up from the second weekend, was also approved.


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