We need a rule change.
Officials from Section 1 recently reminded coaches that ties do not factor into the formula that determines playoff eligibility. I don’t understand the logic. Maybe they are looking to simplify the math, but somebody needs to employ some common sense because the ruling trivializes a lot of hard-fought games.
I count 20 ties in the standings right now.
Granted, it’s not difficult to get into the Section 1 tournament. A team only needs to win five games overall or post a .250 winning percentage against league opponents or teams in the same class or above. It’s not going to affect either program, but this rule essentially renders the 1-1 tie between Pelham and Suffern meaningless. Anybody who saw the game realizes it has to count for something.
According to Section 1 coordinator John Orlando, the committee needs to petition Section 1 for a rule change in order to count ties next season.
I have a better idea.
Starting next season, games that end in an overtime tie go to a shootout. Don’t go home until a winner is determined. What’s it take, an extra 10 minutes? The drama alone is worth the wait. Record the game as a tie in the standings, and note the wins on postseason applications. Easy fix.
Leave a score, please, if you’re out watching.
Thursday, Feb. 9
John Jay vs. White Plains, 5:15 p.m. at Ebersole
Scarsdale vs.Fordham Prep, 4:45 p.m. at Murray’s
Newtown vs. Mount Pleasant, 7:50 p.m. at Danbury
RCDS 6, King 2
North Rockland 3, Sleepy Hollow 2 OT
Rye 12, Ossining 1
Fox Lane 3, Mount Pleasant 3 OT
Carmel 4, Nyack/Tappan Zee 0
Kingswood Oxford 6, Harvey 4