Enclosed, you will find a copy of the 2017 PIAA District IV football playoff regulations. Please share this with your principal and football coach. You must notify Mr. Jim Zack by Friday, October 6, 2017, 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 November 3 and 4 with the district championship game for AA scheduled the weekend of November 17 and 18. For A, AAA and AAAA, the championship game will be held the weekend of November 10 and 11. The first inter-district game will be played the weekend of November 17 and 18.

To enter the district playoffs, your team must have won at least 50% of the games on your schedule and agree to follow District IV and PIAA playoff rules. Any team with less than a 50% record may participate with the approval of the District IV Football Committee.

All teams participating in the District IV playoffs will be invited to a luncheon meeting at the Villa in Williamsport on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 11AM. The purpose of the meeting is to go over final details for the playoffs and provide items for hosting or participating in the tournament. This meeting is for the AD and Principal only.

Contact Information

Jim Zack
2000 West State St.
Coal Township, PA 17860
Cell: (570) 765-0079
Fax: (570) 648-2592
jzack@indians.k12.pa.us

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District IV Football Play-off Format

Football play-offs will be conducted in District IV senior high schools in four classifications for the 2017-2018 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.

Dates

2017 Quarterfinals – 10th playing weekend November 3 and 4
AA #1 team plays #8 team, #2 team plays #7 team
#3 team plays #6 team, #4 team plays #5 team

2017 Semi-finals – 11th playing weekend November 10 and 11
Winner #1 and #8 plays winner of #4 and #5
Winner #2 and #7 plays winner of #3 and #6

2017 Finals – 12th playing date November 17 and 18

2017 Semi-finals
A, AAA and AAAA  #1 team plays #4 team, #2 team plays #3 team November 4 and 5  

2017 Finals November 10 and 11

Score Reporting

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

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.

Game Times

Starting time for a single game played at night is 7:00 p.m. A single game played in the afternoon will begin at 1:00 p.m. All teams will be expected to play on the date and time established by District IV. Changes will only be granted for unplayable fields, mechanical failure or fields without lights. In such case, the Football Chairman reserves the right to move the contest to a neutral site, to the lower seeded team's field for an alternative date.

Game Sites

The game site for each game will be at the home of the highest ranked team provided facilities are adequate (weather permitting) as determined by District IV. The District Committee will determine all game managers. The selected site will provide the following personnel and equipment:

  • Facilities manager
  • Security police
  • Ticket takers and sellers
  • P.A. system and announcer
  • Ambulance service and physician
  • Lockers and dressing rooms
  • Scoreboard operator
  • Clock operator
  • Field markers and chains
  • Other required facilities

Cancellation and/or Postponement

The cancellation, postponement and/or rescheduling of a playoff game will be at the discretion of the district chairman and the football committee.

Concessions

The host school or organization shall be responsible for the operation of the concession stand and shall retain all profits.

District IV shall assume the responsibility of preparing a program. The host school shall arrange for the sale of and retain any profits from the programs.

Distribution of Receipts

The existing formula established by the District IV Committee will apply to the football play-offs. 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.

Game Balls

The District IV Committee will provide National Federation approved Wilson GST 1003 footballs that must be used for all games.

Uniforms

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

Ranking

The total points will be divided by the total number of contests played to determine seeding. The following ranking system shall apply to member school teams included in District IV:

  1. Two hundred (200) points for defeating as opponent three (5) enrollment classifications above the classification of the winning school.
  2. One hundred eighty (180) points for defeating as opponent three (4) enrollment classifications above the classification of the winning school.
  3. One hundred sixty (160) points for defeating as opponent three (3) enrollment classifications above the classification of the winning school.
  4. One hundred forty (140) points for defeating an opponent two (2) enrollment classifications above the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  5. One hundred twenty (120) points for defeating an opponent one (1) enrollment classification above the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  6. One hundred (100) points for defeating an opponent of the same enrollment classification as the winning school.
  7. Eighty (80) points for defeating an opponent one (1) classification below the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  8. Sixty (60) points for defeating an opponent two (2) classifications below the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  9. Forty (40) points for defeating an opponent three (3) enrollment classifications below the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  10. Twenty (20) points for defeating an opponent three (4) enrollment classifications below the enrollment classification of the winning school.
  11. ZERO (0) points for defeating an opponent three (5) enrollment classifications below the enrollment classification of the winning school.

In addition, the won-loss record of an eligible member school team's regular season opponents used in determining the ranking shall be applied to the eligible member school team's ranking as follows: Ten (10) points for each win and no points for each loss.

Ties in the rankings (ratings) shall be resolve as follows:

  1. If the member schools teams played each other during the regular season, the winner of the majority of those contests shall be ranked (rated) higher.
  2. If (a) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the won-loss-tie records of the tied member school teams for the regular season contests used in determining the rankings (rating) shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (rating) with ten (10) points awarded for each win and no points awarded for each loss. This total will be divided by the total number of games played for each school.
  3. If (b) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the won-loss-tie records of the tied member school teams against common regular season opponents shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings) with ten (10) points awarded for each win and no points awarded for each loss. This total will be divided by the total number of games played for each school.
  4. If (c) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the winning percentage (divide the number of contests won by the number of contests won and lost) of the tied member school teams' common regular season opponents shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings).
  5. If (d) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the winning percentage (divide the number of contests won by the number of contests won and lost) of the tied member school teams' regular season opponents used in determining the rankings (ratings) shall be used in braking the tie in the rankings (ratings).
  6. If (e) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the team that yielded the fewest points when the member school teams played each other during the regular season shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings).
  7. If (f) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the fewest points yielded against the tied member school teams' common regular season opponents shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings).
  8. If (g) does not resolve the tie in the rankings (ratings), the fewest points yielded against tied member school teams' regular season opponents used in determining the rankings (ratings) shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings). This total will be divided by the total number of games played for each school.
  9. If (h) does not resolve the tie in the tie in the rankings (ratings), a coin toss shall be used in breaking the tie in the rankings (ratings).

The rankings (ratings) shall be used to determine the first round host district in any region or sub-region contest involving member school teams under the jurisdiction of different district committees.

Subsequent round contests involving member school teams under the jurisdiction of different district committees shall be played at a site approved by the Executive Director or his designee.

Contest officials assigned to any region or sub-region contest involving member school teams under the jurisdiction of different district committees shall be approved by the Executive Director or his designee.

Changes of Schedule

Games scheduled by PIAA member schools after the first official playing date shall not be considered for championship honors for that season. Except in the event of a jointure or other reorganization of schools, consummated before 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 play-off ratings.

Cancellation of a bonafide game contract shall not jeopardize or affect the championship eligibility of the offended team or any other team.

When a regular season game is postponed, the home school shall notify the District IV Football Chairman within the week of postponement when the postponed game is to be played. If the chairman of football is not notified or if the game is not played, the Football Chairman shall notify the District IV Chairman who will notify the said schools to schedule a meeting of the District IV Committee with the schools and after such hearing the decision of the District IV Committee shall be final.

When a PIAA District IV member school or member schools cancel a scheduled game, except with the approval of the District IV Committee, such member school or schools shall be subject to suspension from all PIAA play-offs in all sports for a period of one year.

Bands

All band members in uniform of both participants will be admitted free and will be designated an area by the facilities manager. Only that number of members in each band who participate throughout the season will be allowed. No joint junior high/middle school and senior high bands will be permitted. With the exception of the band directors, all non-uniformed band personnel must have tickets. Prior arrangements as to the number of members in the band must be made with the game manager to reserve sufficient space.

The designated home team band will occupy the field prior to game time for a maximum of 20 minutes and must be off the field no later than 10 minutes prior to the start of the game: 6:50 for a 7:00 game, or 12:50 for a 1:00 game. The visitors team band will occupy the field during half-time of the game and will arrange its program not to exceed 10 minutes, which will include being completely off the field.

The home team band will be responsible for the playing of the National Anthem. School bands are encouraged to perform unless weather conditions are such that they will damage the field.

Introduction of Players

Eleven (11) players from each school will be introduced. Schools have the option of either introducing the starting offensive or defensive team. Team spotters should have this information and give it to the announcer 10 minutes prior to game time. Each school will designate a spotter to work in conjunction with the game manager.

Banners, Signs, Listening Devices, and Team Box Decorum

Both the presence and use of balloons, towels, siren, whistles, and portable listening devices (without earphones) are prohibited. The Principal and Athletic Director of each school will be requested to confiscate these items from the spectators from their school and community. Small portable listening devices with earphones and stationery banners and signs, which are sportsmanship in their messages are permitted. Principals and Athletic Directors of competing schools shall announce and publicize these regulations.

The Principal, Athletic Director, coaches, team physician, team trainers, players in uniform, managers, ball holders, and statisticians will be the only persons permitted in the team box.

Media

All media with proper identification will be admitted free. It will be the media's responsibility to contact the facilities manager for any arrangements.

Radio/TV

  • Radio: A & AA games - $100; AAA & AAAA games - $150
  • TV (Delayed broadcast): A & AA games - $200; AAA & AAAA games - $300
  • TV (Live broadcast): A & AA games - $1,500.00; AAA & AAAA games - $2,000

Tickets

Players, coaches, trainers, equipment managers, etc. will be admitted without tickets. All must be identified by the coach.

Varsity football cheerleaders in uniform will be admitted free of charge. Chaperone/coach will be admitted with the cheerleaders.

Each participating school will be given 10 complimentary tickets.

Participating schools will be given tickets for pre-game sale at their respective schools on as needed basis. Money and unsold tickets are to be checked with the game manager one (1) hour prior to the start of the game. Pre-game ticket prices are as follows:

  • Students: $4.00
  • Adults: $6.00

Admission Price at the Gate:

  • Students: $4.00
  • Adults: $6.00

Video

Each school participating will be allowed to tape its play-off games, making prior arrangements with the facilities manager.

Scouting Pass

Each school will be given four (4) scouting passes to scout the other semi-final game.

Team Warm-Up

Practice sessions at the designated game site will not be permitted prior to the date of the game. Warm-up period prior to the game shall be limited to (1) hour. Teams may be on the field no sooner than 1 ½ hours prior to the start of the game. All teams must leave the field 30 minutes prior to the game and return 10 minutes before the game.

Coin Toss

Thirty minutes before game time the officials will call the team captains together at one end of the field for the coin toss. The visiting team will call the toss. Three minutes before game time the officials and captains will meet at mid-field to reenact the coin toss.

Ties (According to National Federation Rules)

If the score is tied at the end of the regulation play, overtime shall be used until a winner is declared. After a three-minute rest period each team will put the ball in play from the 10-year line with four downs to score. This procedure continues until one team out scores the other after each team had an opportunity to score.

Officials

The District IV Committee will assign game officials. There will be seven (7) officials for each game.

Insurance

Each school is responsible for providing their individual student participants with accident and/or other coverage for injuries.

Property Damage

If property damage is done at a play-off site by competing schools, student body or spectator, to the physical facilities and/or equipment, the school itself (that caused the damage) shall be liable and pay the cost of repair or replacement. Other damages to facilities not attributed to competing schools could be legitimate play-off expense and deducted from play-off receipts.

Awards

Fifth (50) medals will be presented to the championship team.