The District 11 athletic committee has elected to use a new power points system beginning this fall in 14 team sports.
The district approved the new system at its Wednesday committee meeting and is similar to the one utilized by District 3 to determine playoff participants.
The power points system is more weighted toward strength of schedule rather than enrollment in an attempt to stimulate local rivalries while reducing transportation costs, according to a release out of the office of Bob Hartman, director of athletics at Whitehall High School and vice chairman of the District 11 committee.
The system, in some form, will be used in four-class sports football, girls and boys basketball, baseball and softball, three-class sports boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball and two-class sports field hockey, golf, boys and girls tennis, boys volleyball and wrestling.
The power rating will be a combination of the team’s weighted winning percentage (TWWP) and its opponents’ weighted winning percentage (OWWP). The power rating would be the sum of 55 percent of the team’s TWWP and 45 percent of the team’s OWWP.
The TWWP is based on the results of all games that a team plays. Wins and losses are valued by the classification of the opponent. The TWWP is calculated by dividing the weighted win value by the sum of the weighted win value and the weighted loss value.
According to Hartman, the power points ratings will be constantly updated on the District 11 web site (district11.piaa.org). District 11 has contracted with Gary “Gimp” Brownell to update the ratings.