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who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby pharris » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:43 pm

I vaguely remember during my high school years that in the playoffs if one team found the neutral site the other would choose the chapter the refs came from. Is this how it's done or does the UIL send refs for each game? Please explain how it works. Thks
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Re: who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby Jones26 » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:44 pm

Coaches mutually agree.
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Re: who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby pharris » Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Okay thks for the response
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Re: who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby freeagent » Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:25 pm

Unless your league mandates a site (for example TAPPS gives the higher seed team option to host the first round game), almost EVERYTHING is negotiable for playoffs.

A friend of mine once told me that when he was coaching in UIL, one of his opponents wanted to play their playoff game at their home field and insisted on a coin flip to determine the home field. My friend, a disciple of tradition, wanted a neutral site. So he told his opponent, located in Central Texas as he was, that for that weekend, his home field was going to be Ysleta High School in El Paso. The opponent quickly decided a neutral field would be better.

There was one time, when we had a playoff game at Seguin Lifegate, that our opponents and I agreed that we should play at one or the other team's field. The options for a neutral site were going to be fairly close to one or the other school and instead of paying for a neutral site, we may as well play at one of our own fields. So, we agreed to flip the coin -- the winner got home field, and the loser arranged for officials from their home chapter.

When schools are from different areas, officials are often brought in from distant chapters. Sometimes, districts choose other chapters to call their games. Several years ago, the Austin 5A basketball district decided that the Austin refs were too familiar with some coaches and players, so they chose to have officials brought in from the Waco and Houston chapters to call their varsity games.

Listen, a meeting of CIA and KGB spies to trade captured spies have nothing on a Texas high school football playoff game meeting to determine game details.
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Re: who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby pharris » Thu Nov 19, 2015 5:13 pm

I can agree with you freeagent, football is serious in the great state of Texas.
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Re: who determines the refs for playoff games

Postby freeagent » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:56 pm

Heck, I remember a playoff game where we had agreed on all the details. A day later, the AD from the other school calls me to ask if we can wear white uniforms at the game (we were the home team and was supposed to wear our home blue). I was in a pretty good mood at the time and agreed to do so, but I asked the guy why.

He said they had bought new jerseys that year and let the kids take them home. By the time of the first playoff game, about half of them looked pink.
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