KHSAA Approves for single elimination starting 2019

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    KHSAA Approves for single elimination starting 2019

    During the course of its February meeting at the KHSAA offices on Wednesday, the Board of Control deliberated on the postseason formats, future sites and alignments for several sports. The most impactful decision made Wednesday concerned the future of the state softball tournament, with the Board voting for the event to transition to a single-elimination format in 2019. The move to single elimination will bring the softball championship more in-line with the baseball state tournament while also helping to alleviate concerns with the potential overuse of pitchers under the current double-elimination format.

    “We have been discussing the future and the format of the state softball tournament for the last several years, and I applaud the Board for the steps it took today in approving our recommendations,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “Examining the state softball and baseball tournaments, you would be hard pressed to say the events were equitable for the participants and fans in their current formats. Moving to a single-elimination format where each team plays one game per day in those early rounds will open some new possibilities for the scheduling of this championship.”

    http://khsaa.org/022118-board-of-control-addresses-postseason-formats-future-sites-and-alignment-for-several-sports/
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    Is this a good thing?

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    I’ve ways wondered why softball was double elimination at the state level and wasn’t at either district or regional. And also why they were and no other state tournament was set up like that.

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    Hopefully it will help the KHSAA find a better venue. A place where there aren't any temporary fences... an actual softball stadium. Now it's time to also look into classifying softball

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old LCHS Coach View Post
    Hopefully it will help the KHSAA find a better venue. A place where there aren't any temporary fences... an actual softball stadium. Now it's time to also look into classifying softball
    This move does open it up for other venues to be looked at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old LCHS Coach View Post
    Hopefully it will help the KHSAA find a better venue. A place where there aren't any temporary fences... an actual softball stadium. Now it's time to also look into classifying softball
    I've been told college fields HAVE been offered before, but at the time, the coaches' association/board did NOT want to play single-elimination.

    Baseball is one field/stadium. 15 games.
    Softball is 30-31 games. Huge difference why a college could never be used previously.

    It will be interesting to see who bids now. Not sure who has the biggest college stadium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathaniel Bryan View Post
    I've been told college fields HAVE been offered before, but at the time, the coaches' association/board did NOT want to play single-elimination.

    Baseball is one field/stadium. 15 games.
    Softball is 30-31 games. Huge difference why a college could never be used previously.

    It will be interesting to see who bids now. Not sure who has the biggest college stadium.
    Louisville and Kentucky are both in the 2500 range and both are up there as far as best in the country as far as college softball facilities go.

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