Sixth Man wrote:They will just have to get better if the want to be in the top half of South Orange County schools. They belong there geographically. There has been far less noise coming out of places like Marina and Sonora despite getting punished in their league.
With all due respect, SM, that’s a little dismissive and condescending, and the same could be said for any school. There are many reasons certain schools don’t “get better” and most of them are beyond their control. If it were as simple as making the decision to do so, everyone would do it.
Tommy Trojan has hinted at two points that deserve further comment. The first is the issue of competitive equity within playoff divisions. Back to at least the 1960’s, imbalance of playoff matchups have been the reality, and most of that imbalance was because of the old rule that required all teams in a league to be in the same playoff division. The CIF-SS and member schools went a long way toward correcting that problem last year.
The second is competitive imbalance within leagues. For reasons that are traditional, geographic, political, district rules, and in some cases vindictive, that problem has not been addressed or corrected. In many county and SS leagues there are teams that don’t belong there because they are too strong or too weak for the rest of the league. Garden Grove, La Habra (until very recently), Laguna Hills, Marina, Long Beach Poly and many others should be assigned to new leagues for one reason or the other.
This takes on added importance because the old playoff qualifier rules have remained in place. A Division 6 team in a Division 3 league will likely find it very difficult to ever finish in the top half of its league and qualify for the playoffs. Even if they are one of the best Division 6 teams in the Southern Section, they will likely stay home when the playoffs begin. That’s not right, and it’s probably the next problem that needs to be addressed.