Lake Braddock Bruins

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Playoff Race
Page Created By: Krista Murphy Date : 5/11/2017

Power Points 101:

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) uses a mathematical formula to determine football playoff berths and seeding.  Affectionately known as power points, teams earn more points for wins and are rewarded for beating tougher opponents and playing a difficult schedule.

 

Classifications & Playoffs

Each year, the VHSL crowns six state football champions. Schools are grouped into six classifications based on student population. Approximately every two years, VHSL revises classifications to reflect a school’s growing or declining student population.  Lake Braddock is the largest school in 6A with 4,072 students; Robinson is second with 3,974 students. This is an approximate estimate on where the six classifications are currently separated:

Class

Student Population

6A

1850+

5A

1450-1849

4A

1100-1449

3A

750-1099

2A

500-749

1A

1-499

 

Each classification is separated into two regions, with Class 6 having a Northern and Southern Region.  The Class 6 Northern Region has 27 teams and only 16 will make the playoffs. These 16 teams will play in a bracket tournament until a champion emerges to play the winner of the Southern Region in the state final

Power Points

There are three ways a team earns points each week: Game Points, Bonus Points, and Classification Points.  A team’s classification and the results of teams on their schedule play a big part in how points are calculated.  In order to calculate the Class 6 Northern Region power points, over 100 teams will need to be tracked throughout the season.  This includes some teams from D.C., North Carolina, Pennsylvania,and West Virginia—since some schools play opponents outside the Commonwealth.

Game Points

Teams receive game points regardless if they win or lose, but earn significantly more points for winning.  For example, a team will earn 26 points for beating a Class 6 team, but will only receive 12 points for losing to a Class 5 team.

 

6A

5A

4A

3A

2A

1A

Winning against

26

24

22

20

18

16

Losing against

14

12

10

8

6

4

Bonus/Rider Points

Bonus points (also known as Rider Points) reward teams for playing better teams.  For each opponent a team beats, they will receive 2 bonus points for each win that opponent has during the season. For opponents a team loses to, they will receive only 1 bonus point for each win that opponent has during the season.

For example, if Team A beats Team B who goes 0-10 during the season, Team A will receive no bonus points at all because Team B doesn’t have any wins (0 wins x 2 points).  And if Team A beats Team C who is 9-1, Team A will receive 18 bonus points (9 wins x 2 points).  Even in a loss, teams with tougher schedules benefit the most.

Classification Points

The addition of classification points makes it possible for higher classification teams to play lower classification teams without creating a disadvantage.  Historical districts are still used as a core in scheduling, which creates some districts with teams in different classifications.  If a higher classification team plays a lower classification team,they will automatically receive 2 points for each class jump to make up for the difference in base points.

For example, most teams Lake Braddock plays are Class 6A; however, Stone Bridge is Class 5A.  When Lake Braddock plays Stone Bridge or any other Class 5 team, we will automatically receive 2 points per game, win or lose.

The top 16 teams with the most points at the end of the regular season will make the playoffs.  Current Power Points will be posted each week, so check back often for the latest standings and the Bruins' chase for the playoffs and beyond.


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