Enclosed, you will find a copy of the 2018 PIAA District IV football playoff regulations. Please share this with your principal and football coach. You must notify Mr. Jim Zack by Friday, October 5, 2018, 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 2 and 3 with the district championship game for AA and AAA scheduled the weekend of November 16 and 17. For A, and AAAA, the championship game will be held the weekend of November 9 and 10. The first inter-district game will be played the weekend of November 16 and 17. Due to the increased number of playoff teams, games will be scheduled for Saturday.

All teams participating in the District IV playoffs will be invited to a luncheon meeting at the Villa in Williamsport on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 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

Important Links

Past Standings/Championship Brackets

District IV Football Playoff Format

Football playoffs will be conducted in District IV senior high schools in four classifications for the 2018-2019 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.


2018 Quarterfinals – 10th playing weekend November 2 and 3
AA #1 team plays #8 team, #2 team plays #7 team
#3 team plays #6 team, #4 team plays #5 team

2018 Semi-finals – 11th playing weekend November 9 and 10
Winner #1 and #8 plays winner of #4 and #5
Winner #2 and #7 plays winner of #3 and #6

2018 Finals – 12th playing date November 16 and 17

2018 Semi-finals
A, AAA and AAAA  #1 team plays #4 team, #2 team plays #3 team November 4 and 5

2018 Finals November 9 and 10

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.

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
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.

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 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.


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 50% of the net receipts and the district will retain 50%. 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.


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


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.


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.


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: 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


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


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.


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


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.


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