MHSAA SEED COMMITTEE
The committee is selected by the MHSAA. Primarily, respected, experienced and knowledgeable coaches are selected.
They are chosen by geography to gather information. When they meet in Lansing, they do not have an east/west mentality.
- The 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.