By a 161-131 vote, a new state playoff system was approved Friday by the MIAA and will be introduced next season, resulting in the crowning of six state champions, instead of 19 Super Bowl winners.
More teams will earn playoff spots, but the posteason will start before the traditional Thanksgiving Day games.
A few area coaches weighed in on the change:
Dan Buron , Bridgewater-Raynham: “I wasn’t sure how I was going to vote and I ended up voting for the change. It’s probably time to try something different and gives more people a chance to play in the playoffs season. Our team can only benefit from it.”
Dave Maimaron , Duxbury: “My one complaint about it is the way they formed the divisions. Massachusetts is a big state and if they want to have six divisions, people get moved up and people are moved down. I just don’t understand why that needs to be done.”
Barry Greener , Walpole: “We voted against it. The Bay State league is a terrific 12-team league, six small in the Herget division and six in Carey, the bigger division. You know the old saying; if it’s not broken don’t fix it.”
Dan Nault , Wareham: “I think that 20 years ago, 30 years ago when they made the conferences the demographics fit, but times have changed. Communities have grown and shrunk.
There are good reasons for teams to stay in the same conference, but in our own conference [South Coast] there’s a large variety of schools. Right now a small school like Wareham could be playing a large Catholic school, and that’s ridiculous. They needed a change. Also if you’re 9-1, losing to a really good team shouldn’t keep you out of the playoffs.”
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