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09/17/20-RPI Impact on Cancelled Contests/Open Dates

September 18, 2020 2020-2021 News Releases

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UPDATED: 10/1/20

As reviewed at the July Board of Control meeting, the following procedure will apply to canceled games during the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to the calculation of RPI. These provisions are subject to revision during the pandemic.

  • The Board previously reviewed an adjustment (for 2020-21 only) to standings as well as RPI calculation methods due to possible cancelation of games resulting from the pandemic and local impact.
  • For Field Hockey, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball-
    • In all contests, games canceled due to the pandemic including mandatory quarantines and isolation shall not have a result recorded other than a 0-0 score, and no forfeit fee provisions will be applied.
    • Games canceled for other reasons remain subject to Bylaw 22.
    • In all seeded games, games canceled due to the pandemic or mandatory quarantines, the formerly announced provision of counting a contest unable to be played or rescheduled will NOT be implemented. That method of counting the game as a win and loss for both teams when calculating winning percentage, though currently utilized in most team sports in the case that a required seeded district game is unable to be played and is not the result of forfeiture, it is not a workable statewide solution when so many games are canceled.
    • There will be no RPI impact on allowable contests played once postseason play begins.
  • For Field Hockey
    • The RPI will be adjusted for each COVID-canceled contest to apply the out-of-state tied game factor.
    • The out of state opponent factor for all sports except for football was confirmed as .5.
  • For Soccer and Volleyball:
    • The RPI value as of the completion of all games on Friday prior to district play will determine the winner and loser of any seeded district game unable to be played solely for the purpose of seeding in Soccer and Volleyball.
    • When figuring this result, the higher total RPI will receive a win and the lower RPI value will receive a loss.
    • No permanent result will be recorded in the scoreboard database for this contest as that result is solely used for seeding and can be handled by the district manager.
    • The RPI will be adjusted for each COVID-canceled contest to apply the out-of-state tied game factor.
    • The out of state opponent factor for all sports except for football was confirmed as .5.
  • For Football
    • The final RPI value as of the completion of all games prior to district play will determine the winner and loser of any seeded district game unable to be played solely for the purpose of seeding in Football.
    • When figuring this result, the higher total RPI will receive a win and the lower RPI value will receive a loss.
    • No permanent result will be recorded in the scoreboard database for this contest as it is solely used for seeding.
    • The RPI will be adjusted for each COVID-canceled contest to apply the out-of-state tied game factor to ensure that each team has a total of nine observations.
    • For football only, the RPI will be adjusted for each open date to apply the out-of-state tied game factor to ensure that each team has a total of nine observations.
    • For football, that out of state opponent factor will be the average winning percentage of all KHSAA football teams in the state the prior year, which for 2019-20 was 0.51060.
  • RPI calculations in all sports will not be released until at least the first full week of October.
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