Silver Creek projects as the No. 3 seed in Division I.
Prep2Prep CCS Softball Playoff Projections
Based on the latest information presented to Prep2Prep through games of April 27, we are releasing our projections for the 2017 Central
Coast Section playoff tournaments. We have done our best to accurately portray the schedules and results of the 100+ teams
that compete in the Central Coast Section, but it is possible that there are slight schedule variations for some teams.
The Central Coast Section has introduced an Open Division for softball beginning this year. The format is very similar to the setup for the CCS soccer playoffs, with
eight teams chosen for the Open Division and the remaining 32 playoff qualifiers split into Division I and Division II based on enrollment.
The 5 "A" league champions plus the next three highest point-total getters will comprise an eight-team elite playoff field. The other 32 teams in the playoff field will be
split according to enrollment with the top 16 in Division I and the rest of the teams in Division II.
Nothing has changed with regard to the automatic qualifiers, of which there are 28 spread out over the leagues as follows: BVAL (6), PAL (4),
SCVAL (4), MBL (4), MTAL (3), WBAL (3), WCAL (2) and SCCAL (2).
The remaining 12 at-large teams are selected based on a point system that awards teams based on results over the entire season, including
non-league play. To be considered for an at-large berth, teams must have at least a .500 record in either league play or overall. An average
number of points per game is calculated based on the number of total games played, or 17 if a team played fewer than 17 games.
Leagues within CCS are designated as "A" (highest), "B" and "C". Wins against "A" teams count for 3 points; wins against "B" teams count for
2.5; and wins against "C" teams count for 2. Strip off one point from those totals in cases of ties, and two points for losses to respectively
designed "A", "B" and "C" teams. Teams outside of CCS are considered "B" teams.
Finally, teams are awarded 2 points for playing an "A" league champion, 1.5 points for playing a "B" league champion and 1 point for playing
a "C" league champion. Teams also receive 5 points for being an "A" league champion, 4 for being a "B" league champion and 3 for being a
"C" league champion.
We have done our best to accurately portray the schedules and results of the 100+ teams
that compete in the Central Coast Section, but it is possible that there are slight schedule variations for some teams. These projections are
based on our best available information; if you would like to correct a team's result, please contact Prep2Prep
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Because the season is not quite over, we must make a few assumptions:
ASSUMPTION 1: points are calculated on the assumption that an individual team will lose the rest of its games. The bonus points for playing
a league champion are included in the calculation. In other words, the point total you see represents the minimum point total for a given team,
based on the total number of games the team will play for the entire season.
ASSUMPTION 2: in calculating points awarded for playing league champions, points were split according to the number of teams currently
tied for first place. For instance, per CCS rules, teams are awarded one point for playing a league champion; if a team played a team
that is currently in a three-way tie for first, we credit the team 0.33 points. If two teams at the top of a league have not played the
same number of games, we assume league champ based on points per game.
ASSUMPTION 3: in the first round, league mates are not matched up whenever possible as per CCS rules.
ASSUMPTION 4: teams will apply for CCS and we will use league bylaws to determine order of finish as applicable. For instance if two at-large
teams apply for CCS from the same league, some league's bylaws mandate that the team that finished higher in the league standings must get in
first whereas other leagues rank at-large teams based on CCS points. We are assuming no teams will pull out of consideration. If we cannot
determine a league's bylaws, we will assume they rank by order of CCS points.
ASSUMPTION 5: some leagues hold a postseason tournament to fill out their allotment of automatic qualifiers. In those instances, we assumed
the team(s) with the highest CCS point totals will receive the automatic bid.
NOTE: CCS points are in parentheses and the projected home team is listed in CAPS.
The outright "A" league leaders are: Santa Teresa (BVAL-Mount Hamilton), San Benito (MBL-Gabilan), Carlmont (PAL-Bay) and Mountain View (SCVAL-De Anza). We have St. Francis
over Mitty on a head-to-head tiebreaker in the WCAL.
The at-large berths currently belong to Archbishop Mitty (2.80), Notre Dame-Salinas (2.50), and Presentation (2.46), which has a comfortable lead over
Salinas (2.33), Watsonville (2.32) and Half Moon Bay (2.31) for the final spot according to our calculations.
DIVISION I: After the eight top teams are placed in the Open, the 16 teams with the highest enrollment are placed in Division I with the remaining 16 teams
placed in Division II.
Lowest enrollment schools: Sobrato (1,484) and St. Ignatius (1,482).
DIVISION II: Finally, the remaining 16 teams as ranked by enrollment are placed in Division II.
Highest enrollment schools: Soledad (1,464) and Hillsdale (1,427).
As mentioned earlier, there are a total of 12 at-large teams included in the complete field of 40 CCS playoff teams. Here's a brief look at
the those 12 at-large teams that made it based on our CCS point calculations and the first five that would be left out if the season ended now.