MHSAA SEED COMMITTEE
The committee is selected by Gina, with approval of Jack Roberts. Primarily, respected, experienced and knowledgeable coaches are selected.
The 2011 Girls' Seed Committee had balance:
- Geographically (basically east/west) - 5 east; 6 west; 1 north
- Divisionly -3 in Div. I; 2 in Div. II; 3 in Div. III; and 3 in Div. IV with an additional retired person.
- There were 3 ladies and 9 gentlemen.
They are chosen by geography to gather information. When they meet in Lansing, they do not have an east/west mentality.
- The 2011 Girls' Committee was organized into 5 geographical Areas with an effort to group Divisions together.
- These 5 Area Committees compile a list of players in a strength order. This list is forwarded to a coordinator who then compiles a master list to be presented to the State Committee.
- When the State Committee starts to determine the seeds in a flight, the discussion begins by examining the record of the top player from each Area by looking for:
- direct head to head competition results.
- indirect competition results.
- strength of schedule is also considered.
- To reach a decision, voting is rarely done. The Committee exhausts every possible comparison.
- to seed the best 6 singles' players and the best 6 doubles' teams in every flight and every division.
- the Committee wants to have a ranked order of the BEST SIX.
- seeding is defined - -'to ensure that players of recognized outstanding ability do not confront each other in the early rounds.
- the Seeding Committee is NOT a RANKING Committee.
FINAL DRAW PROCEDURETo be used in every flight.
Priority Order of Importance
- Place the byes in the draw.
- Place the cards of the seeded players in the draw.
- Sort the remaining entry cards by Regional (see “b.” below).
- Shuffle and draw the cards in an alternating manner from a Regional-- top and bottom per half and top and bottom per quarter.
- Determine the position with a flip of a coin.
- First draw the Regionals with more than 2 qualifying teams.
- draw each in a different quarter with the Regional Flight winner and Flight runner-up in the opposite half.
- Be aware of Regional numbers so that the winner of a Flight is in the opposite half of a Flight runner-up of that Regional
- A player from a qualifying team (if not a runner-up) should be in the opposite half from the winner of that Regional.
- Balance winners (seeds and Regional Flight winners) in each quarter.
- Place in the draw.
- Double-check and balance Regional Flight winners and runners-up so that they are in opposite halves.
- Check 1st match opponents. No more than twice.
- Record the line number on each entry card.
- 1st match opponent restriction.
- Regional Flight winner and runner-up in opposite halves.
- Balance of winners in a quarter.