As you begin the 2017-2018 basketball season, please take time to review the rules for the 2017-2018 PIAA District IV Playoffs. I am enclosing a copy of the rules as approved by the District IV Committee for your convenience. Also, if you have any questions please give me a call. The brackets for the District Tournament will be released Sunday, February 18, 2018.

For the 2017-2018 season, in Class AAAA, AAA & A (Boys and Girls) a minimum of eight teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. In Class AA (Boys and Girls) a minimum of six teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. These eight teams in AAAA, AAA, & A (and six teams in AA) would have the highest winning percentage in their respective classes. If more than eight teams in AAAA, AAA & A (and more than six teams in AA) have a winning percentage of 50% or higher, then all of these teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. District IV Teams must play 11 or more games to be eligible for the playoffs.

Contact Information

Chris Venna
2000 West State St.
Coal Township, PA 17860
Phone: (570) 648-5731 (3504)
Fax: (570) 648-0601
cvenna@indians.k12.pa.us

Important Links

Score Reporting & Rosters

All teams will be required to submit rosters and all scores to MaxPreps after each game in order to confirm regular season records and manage postseason qualification. All Teams must also maintain a completed roster in MaxPreps to participate in the playoffs.

Login Information

Visit www.MaxPreps.com/AD and enter your email address to sign in, if needed. If you are not a member on MaxPreps, click on "Create an Account" under AD/Coach Account on the right and register to access your team information.

  • Select "Set up Admin Accounts" and enter your team's access code to link your account.
  • You are done! You will not need the access code to login in the future. You will enter your email and password to access your team information moving forward.
  • If you need your access code, please reach out to the MaxPreps Coach Support team at coachsupport@maxpreps.com or 800-329-7324 x1.

Once you login, what do we need from you?

  1. UPDATE the coaches at your school
  2. CHECK to make sure all of your team's schedule/scores are up-to-date throughout the season

If you have any questions at all about MaxPreps or how to get started, please reach out MaxPreps Coach Support at 800-329-7324 x1 or email coachsupport@maxpreps.com. You can also reach out to Kylie McLarty, PIAA District IV representative, at kmclarty@maxpreps.com or 916.397.8600.

District IV Basketball Playoff Format

Please note, teams participating in the tournament must agree to follow the playoff rules of District IV and the PIAA. All games played up to and including February 17, 2018, for A, AA, AAA and AAAA schools will be counted for seeding purposes and will be considered for the 50% winning record by February 17, 2017. The District IV playoff games will be played the week of February 19 through February 24 and the week of February 26 through March 3. The tentative finals will be held Thursday – Saturday (March 1–3). Inter-district play begins on Friday, March 9.

The State Championships will be held Thursday – Saturday (March 22–24) at the Giant Center in Hershey.

For future scheduling purposes, the 2019 District IV basketball playoff games have been scheduled for the weeks of February 18 and February 25.

Dates

The tournament will begin February 19, 2018, and conclude on March 3, 2018. The District deadline for completion of our tournament is March 3.

Inter-district play begins on Friday, March 9, 2018 and Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The State Championships will be held Thursday – Saturday (March 22–24) at the Giant Center in Hershey.

AAAAAA (6A) Boys and Girls teams will qualify through District II.

State Playoff Qualifying

In AA Boys, the 3rd place team from District IV will play the 3rd place team from District V with the winner of that game also qualifying for the State Playoffs. The tentative date will be Tuesday, March 6 at a site TBA.

Boys

  • A - 3 teams
  • AA - 2 teams
  • AAA - 3 teams
  • AAAA - 3 teams

Girls

  • A - 4 teams
  • AA - 2 teams
  • AAA - 3 teams
  • AAAA - 4 teams

Playoff Rules

  1. Teams will be seeded by their winning percentage.
  2. Round of 16 (Preliminaries) and Round of 8 (Quarterfinals) games will be played at the home court of the higher seed. (No Rental Fee will be assessed by host schools in Round of 16 and Round of 8 games. All host schools should try to minimize costs associated with hosting a game.) For Semi-Finals and Finals games, a neutral site will be used. (Every effort will be made to keep the distance traveled by each school as equal as possible.)
  3. Schools will have the opportunity to recommend officials for the playoffs.
  4. In Class AAAA, AAA & A (Boys and Girls) a minimum of eight teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. In Class AA (Boys and Girls) a minimum of six teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. These eight teams in AAAA, AAA, & A (and six teams in AA) would have the highest winning percentage in their respective classes. If more than eight teams in AAAA, AAA & A (and more than six teams in AA) have a winning percentage of 50% or higher, then all of these teams will be eligible for the District IV Tournament. District IV Teams must play 11 or more games to be eligible for the playoffs.
  5. Games scheduled by a PIAA member school after the first official playing date shall not be taken into consideration. Except in the event of a jointure or other reorganization of schools consummated before the opening of the regular school year. A school or schools so involved will be given time up to and including the second playing week of the season to readjust its schedule. Any schedule adjustments must meet the approval of the PIAA District IV Committee before the games shall be considered for playoff ratings. Any league playoff games or championship games will not be considered for seeding purposes or for the 50% win %.
  6. When a PIAA District IV member school or schools cancel a scheduled game except with the approval of the District IV Committee, such member school(s) may be subject to suspension from all PIAA playoffs in all sports for a period of one year.
  7. The tiebreaker process is head to head, league winning % (this includes ANY game played versus a league opponent), then coin flip (League Playoff Games are excluded).
  8. Additional criteria to be used for the selection of game sites:
    1. Availability of game sites
    2. Proximity of game sites to the location of the opponent.
    3. Past experience and practice.
    4. Seating capacity of available facilities.
    5. Intention to play games as part of a doubleheader.
    6. Accessibility from the standpoint of major roads or good roads.
    7. Quality of gymnasium and quality and availability of sufficient locker room space.
    8. Rental charges and other related costs.
    9. Seeding of teams will not be a criterion for selection of game sites.

Information For Teams Entering the District IV Basketball Playoffs

  1. Each school will be contacted by the game manager or District IV Committee Member with the information about game sites and times.
  2. Administrators should be aware of their responsibility for crowd control. No noise makers are allowed.
  3. Cheerleader advisors should be aware of the PIAA restrictions on cheerleading activities.
  4. The top team in each bracket (for semi-final and final games) is the home team and will wear white uniforms. For Round of 16 and Round of 8 games, the higher seed is the home team.
  5. The bottom team (for semi-final and final games) is the visiting team. For Round of 16 and Round of 8 games, the lower seed is the visiting team.
  6. The game manager will furnish the game ball for semi-final and final games. The home team will supply the game ball for Round of 16 and Round of 8 games. Balls used will be Rawlings for boys and girls.
  7. Benches will be assigned by the game manager (site manager for Round of 16 and Round of 8 games).
  8. Three officials will be used for all games.
  9. Scouts for all games will be admitted only with a letter identifying the scout and signed by the school administration.
  10. League passes and local senior citizen passes will not be accepted.
  11. An administrator in charge for each school, in addition to the athletic director, both coaches, game officials, and cheerleading advisor will meet with the game manager 10 minutes prior to the start of the game to review the administrators responsibility for crowd control and the rules for cheerleaders.

Tickets

There will be NO pre-sale tickets. All tickets are to be sold at the gate. Students are $4.00 and Adults are $6.00.

Each school will be issued ten (10) complimentary tickets for use by school officials. (For Round of 16 and Round of 8 games ONLY, each participating school shall make their own complimentary tickets and number them 1-10. These tickets will be collected at the Gate.)

Contestants, managers, coaches, and cheerleaders in uniform will be admitted when identified by school officials.

Transportation

District IV will pay participating schools in the semifinals and final games a share of the net proceeds. After expenses, the participating schools will share 60% of the net receipts and the district will retain 40%. All team or school expenses will be absorbed from their respective shares.

Starting Times (Recommended)

Afternoon Games

  • Single: 1:00 pm
  • Double-header: 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm
  • Triple-header: 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm

Evening Games

  • Single: 7:00 pm
  • Double-header: 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Triple-header: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:00 pm