A rule that screams "Change me."

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Last week, I wrote in a high school notebook about the North Coast Section’s method for selecting the host schools in the basketball playoffs.
That is, teams that win league championships have hosting priority in the first three rounds when playing against non-league champions, even if those teams without a league title have a higher seed.
That explains why St. Joseph Notre Dame, the No. 1 seed in Division V, went on the road to meet No. 16 Leadership of San Francisco in the first round.
Why bring this up again? Well, I wanted to offer my opinion on the matter.
And here it is: This is ridiculous.
In fairness, though, I should add this: This is completely ridiculous.
Isn’t any rule that results in a No. 16 seed hosting a No. 1 seed begging for an intervention?
Now, I might grow to appreciate the rule if the logic behind it was to create upsets. Sending big-city powers to Covelo is kind of wickedly brilliant. But I’ve never heard that argument.
Instead, supporters of the rule seem to typically argue that league champions “should be rewarded.” That’s a nice thought. The problem is that not all leagues are created equal.
To avoid disparaging high school leagues, let’s illustrate the point by saying that college basketball fans don’t think the Big Sky Conference is comparable to the Big 12 Conference.
Teams are seeded in the playoffs based on their body of work during the season. And if they won a league championship, that’s on their resume and considered during the seeding process.
Before rambling further, I should note that I understand the Earth will continue spinning on its axis, even if St. Joseph Notre Dame travels to Leadership of San Francisco in the first round in 2011 and beyond.
But just in case this NCS rule does somehow begin to affect the natural order of things, I think it’s morally responsible to offer a few solutions:
1. Have all higher seeds host in the first round. Then apply the NCS rule in the second and third rounds. This would eliminate No. 1-traveling-to-No. 16 scenarios.
2. Keep the NCS rule, with logical restrictions. In other words, say league champions will host higher-seeded non-league champions if they are within three spots in the seedings. For example, a No. 5 seed could host a No. 2 seed, but not a No. 1 seed.
3. Blow up the NCS rule.
4. Blow up the NCS rule.
5. Blow up …