Intermountain Conference – Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Athletic Directors in the Intermountain Conference (IMC) have been discussing the challenging situation our schools have faced these past few weeks with the winter weather in the gorge. With nearly a week of missed school days by Pendleton, Hood River and The Dalles, the IMC AD’s have had to take somewhat drastic action to complete the basketball season for both boys and girls. Prior to last night, three of our six schools have not practiced or played a game in over a week.
Attempting to play up to six games in seven days was not a good situation for our athletes and nearly impossible to attempt. These games represented the 2nd half of our IMC basketball season. Trying to be creative in meeting the needs of our athletes, coaches and communities the IMC AD’s worked out a 2nd half league tournament. The tournament will begin Thursday, February 21st.
Each high school league in the state creates their own Standard Operating Procedures that govern how their league will operate. When it comes to tie-breaking procedures, individual sports rules, all league voting, playoff criteria etc. all are included in the SOPs so that when facing particular situations the decisions have already been made and agreed upon in a setting void of emotion and tension.
Standard tie-breaking procedure includes head-to-head competition amongst the tied teams, wins against teams ahead in the standings, wins against teams below in the league standings and finally OSAA RPI rank if all other tie-breaking procedures fail to produce clear results. The boys’ results of the first half of the regular season has seeded their tournament bracket was drawn with no tiebreakers necessary.
The girls’ regular season ended with a three-way tie for second place between Pendleton, Ridgeview and The Dalles. These teams all remain tied after all tie-breaking procedures were reviewed. This forces the use of the OSAA RPI ranking to determine tournament bracket seeding, as per our SOP.