A major component of the Prep Hoops Circuit is the ability for participating teams to create their own schedule. While we are excited to provide unprecedented flexibility for Prep Hoops Circuit teams, we understand that this complicates the process of ranking teams for our regional finals.
Two Prep Hoops Circuit teams have the potential to finish with the same win-loss record, despite having no common opponent. In addition, teams may finish a weekend (or multiple weekends) having played a different number of games.
Ranking teams who have played a different number of games or have equivalent records yet no common opponent poses a challenge.
This led us to the question: How do we differentiate teams in the Prep Hoops Circuit?
Do we rank teams solely on win-loss record and create a system of random tiebreakers? Or do we come up with a formula that can objectively evaluate a team’s ranking?
We decided the latter was a more effective way to compare teams from different regions and without the same number of games played.
Enter the Prep Hoops Circuit Power Score: a comprehensive calculation of a team’s performance in Prep Hoops Circuit events.
After much deliberation, we settled on a team-ranking score that depends on three simple factors:
1. Win/Loss Percentage: This factor was a no-brainer. At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do to earn a higher Power Score is win your games. The higher your win-loss percentage is, the more points you will earn for this factor.
2. Strength of Schedule: Who you play matters. Especially in larger tournaments, some teams will be required to face a tougher or weaker set of opponents. Strength of Schedule will help account for these differences in opponents. We calculate the Strength of Schedule by factoring in a team’s opponents winning percentage and the average winning percentage of their opponents.
3. Sustained Success: The Prep Hoops Power Score incentivizes consistency and longevity. To maximize your Power Score, you need to play well in pool play and bracket play. For that reason, the Sustained Success factor introduces a small additional benefit for qualifying for higher level brackets and for making deep runs in bracket play.
1. Every Prep Hoops Circuit Game Matters: If you are participating in a Prep Hoops Circuit game, the results of your game will contribute to your Power Score.
2. Only Prep Hoops Circuit teams will be given a Power Score. This score will be updated no later than the Wednesday following each weekend of Prep Hoops Circuit play.
3. Each unexcused forfeit will result in a 3 point deduction from your team’s power score. This could be the difference between several spots in the rankings.
4. The Prep Hoops Circuit Power Score will be used to determine seeding in each regional final event. Teams with power scores that are within 1 point of each other will receive a margin consideration. The margin consideration will look at head-to-head matchups to further solidify proper rankings.