Enclosed, you will find a copy of the 2020 PIAA District IV football playoff regulations. Please share this with your principal and football coach. You must notify Mr. Jim Zack by noon on Monday, October 26, 2020, if your school does not wish to be considered for post-season football competition. Those schools not notifying the District IV Committee will be expected to participate in the District IV tournament. Failure to do so could bring disciplinary action from the committee.

The inter-district playoff format will be used to determine which teams will advance to the state finals. The District IV playoffs will begin the weekend of October 30 and 31. For A there will be two (2) qualifiers with the championship game will be held the weekend of October 30 and 31. For AA, AAA, and AAAA there will be four (4) qualifiers with the championship game scheduled the weekend of November 6 and 7.

All games will be played at the home site of the higher seed unless that site is not allowing visiting fans.

To be eligible for the tournament a team must play a minimum of three (3) games.

Contact Information

Jim Zack
2000 West State St.
Coal Township, PA 17860
Cell: (570) 765-0079
Fax: (570) 648-2592

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Past Championship Brackets

District IV Football Playoff Format

Football play-offs will be conducted in District IV senior high schools in four classifications for the 2020-2021 school year. Williamsport is a 6A school and will participate in the District II tournament if it qualifies. Placement of schools has been decided by enrollment figures from the PIAA.

Power Rankings System

Usage: To be used in all self-contained District IV Team Championship sports. To be used in sub-regionals where agreements with other districts have been reached.

The power rating will be a combination of the team's weighted winning percentage (TWWP) and their opponents' weighted winning percentage (OWWP). The power rating would be the sum of 59 percent of the team's TWWP and 41 percent of the team's OWWP.


The TWWP is based on the results of all games that a team plays. It values wins and losses by the classification of the opponent. The TWWP is calculated by dividing the WEIGHTED WIN VALUE by the sum of the WEIGHTED WIN VALUE and WEIGHTED LOSS VALUE.

Class Win Loss Tie
AAAAAA 1.25 0.75 0.6125/0.375
AAAAA 1.15 0.85 0.5525/0.425
AAAA 1.05 0.95 0.5025/0.475
AAA 0.95 1.05 0.475/0.5025
AA 0.85 1.15 0.425/0.5525
A 0.75 1.25 0.375/0.6125
Game Class Result WW WL
1 AAAAAA W 1.25  
2 AAA W 0.95  
3 AA L   1.15
4 AAAAA L   0.85
5 AAA W 0.95  
6 AA W 0.85  
7 AAAA L   1.05
8 A L   1.25
9 A L   1.25
10 AAA W 0.95  
TOTALS   5-5 4.95 5.55

TWWP = 4.95/(4.95 + 5.55) = 0.471428

All PIAA opponents and all non-PIAA opponents who are part of a State Association will count in calculating a team's TWWP and OWWP using the classification system above. Teams that are non-PIAA and not part of a State Association will NOT count in calculating the Power Rating.


The OWWP is calculated by totaling the weighted win values and weighted loss values of all of the team’s opponents; then, dividing the total of the weighted win values by the sum of the totals of the weighted win values and the weighted loss values. If you play your opponent more than once, their totals will be included for each time they are played.

Game Class Result WW WL
1 AAAAAA W 4.2 6.4
2 AAA W 6.3 2.6
3 AA L 8.6 1.1
4 AAAAA L 7.4 1.8
5 AAA W 1.1 8.7
6 AA W 4.5 5.1
7 AAAA L 10.4 1.6
8 A L 6.3 2.4
9 A L 6.3 2.4
10 AAA W 6.4 3.4
TOTALS   5-5 61.5 35.6

OWWP = 61.5/(61.5 + 35.6) = 0.633367


The Power Rating is the sum of 59% of the TWWP and 41% of the OWWP. This number will not be over 1.000.

TWWP: 0.471428 * 0.59 = 0.278142
OWWP: 0.633367 * 0.41 = 0.259680
0.278142 + 0.259680
POWER RATING = 0.37822


  1. Head to Head
  2. Best TWWP
  3. Unweighted Winning Percentage against common Regular Season
  4. Unweighted Winning Percentage against Regular Season
  5. Unweighted Winning Percentage of Common Regular Season
  6. Unweighted Winning Percentages of Regular Season Opponents
  7. Lowest Points/Goals Yielded Average against Common Opponents
  8. Lowest Points/Goals Yielded Average
  9. Coin Toss

Score Reporting

All teams are required to submit scores to GIMPWARE and MaxPreps after each game in order to confirm regular season records and manage postseason qualification.

GIMPWARE Instructions

  1. Once a contest has been completed, you may enter a result for that contest.
  2. Access the Schedule Page for a fall sport.
  3. Once the Schedule Page is shown, move the cursor to the W/L/T blue link for that contest. Click on the W/L/T link.
  4. A white box will pop up with W/L/T in the middle. W stands for Win, L for Loss and T for Tie.
  5. There is no default in the box below. Type in the appropriate letter – W for Win, L for Loss or T for Tie – into that box. Click OK.
  6. Another white box will pop up with Score: in the middle.  Type the score of the contest into the box. Example: 22-14 Click OK.
  7. The Scheduler will immediately update the result. The W/L/T will be replaced by the contest result (a W, L or a T with a blue link) followed by the score in the next box in black type.
  8. NOTE: Schools must list the winning score first regardless of whether your school was the winner or the loser.
  9. In addition, please double-check the accuracy of the contest score itself. Remember, the results do show up on the Fan Page and our fans - and media - notice if one result is marked 22-14 and the other is marked 21-14.

MaxPreps 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 Eric Frantz, PIAA District IV representative, at eric.frantz@cbsinteractive.com or 916-397-8600.


Games not played due to Covid exposure will be considered NO CONTEST. If a team's opponent for a scheduled game cannot play due to COVID it may schedule a replacement game. The results of the replacement game will count for power ratings, provided it is against a PIAA member school and is played prior to the power ranking deadline.

Teams that are unable to participate on the first date of their class' tournament due to COVID exposure will not be permitted to enter the tournament.

A team that qualifies for the tournament but must suspend its season due to COVID after the power ranking deadline will be eliminated.

Schools that do not qualify for the tournament and schools that are eliminated from the district tournament may continue their regular season until Saturday, November 28.

Game Times

7:00 PM (night) and 1:00 PM (day). Time adjustments may be made by the District IV Football Chairman as needed to accommodate facility use and programming.

Postponements/Suspended Contests

The postponement and/or rescheduling of playoff games will be at the discretion of the District Football Chairman and the District IV Committee.

Any PIAA District IV Football playoff contest interrupted due to events beyond the control of District IV will be resumed at the point of suspension later that same day or the next playable day unless deemed an official contest by NFHS rule.


Attendance at games will be determined by the state guidelines as they apply on the date of the event. Further information will be provided as changes occur.


The host school will pay game expenses.

Game Balls

The official game ball for all District and PIAA football games is the Wilson GST 1003. Each team participating is required to bring and use the GST or other Wilson NFHS approved footballs for all District play-off games.


The home team will wear a dark colored jersey. The visiting team will wear a light colored jersey.


All competing school will trade tapes, DVDs, or on-line access to images of their last three (3) played games.

Team Warm-Up

Warm-up period prior to the game will be limited to one (1) hour beginning 90 minutes prior to kick-off. All teams must leave the field 30 minutes prior to the game and return 10 minutes before game time.

Coin Toss

At 30 minutes prior to game time the officials will call one team captain, the head coach, and administrators from both teams together for the coin toss and the reading off the PIAA sportsmanship message. The visiting team will call the toss.

Ties (According to National Federation Rules)

If the score is tied at the end of regulation play, overtime shall be used until a winner is declared. The tie-breaking procedure shall follow National Federation Rules unless amended by the PIAA.


The District IV Officials Rep will assign game officials. The District will assign seven (7) officials for each game. The home team is responsible for the chain crew.


Liability insurance is provided through the PIAA. Each school is responsible for extending their individual student accident insurance to cover injuries.


Medals will be provided for members of the championship team only. Medals will NOT be presented on the field following the championship games. Immediately following the completion of each championship game, a team trophy will be presented on the field to the champion. Fifty (50) medals will be presented to the championship team.