NMAA: Staff will serve as seeding committees

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By The Staff

The New Mexico Activities Association announced that it has approved a change to the seeding and selection committee for state tournaments.

The NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic high school sports in the state, approved a motion to have its staff serve as the seeding and selection committee for sports during the 2010-11 school year.

Previously, districts throughout the state would elect a representative to serve on the seeding committees for the various state tournaments.

The change was approved by the NMAA board of directors at its regular meeting held Thursday.

The board also decided, at the same meeting, to table a measure that would’ve reverted both the baseball and softball state tournaments to their previous format.

Prior to the spring 2010 season, the state baseball state tournament first rounds were a best-of-three series and the softball state tournament consisted of a double-elimination bracket. This season, however, the baseball first round was a singe-elimination contest and softball had single-elimination play throughout.

The format changes, which were put in place to save money for NMAA member schools, according to Los Alamos Hilltopper softball manager Roger Anaya, weren’t popular with either Anaya or Los Alamos baseball manager Mike Gill.

Los Alamos’ baseball team, which posted a dramatic victory in the third game of the state tournament-opening round in 2009, was eliminated in the first round of the 2010 AAAA tournament after another nail-biting contest against Albuquerque Academy.

The Hilltopper softball team, meanwhile, was knocked out in their state tournament opener in 2010 by St. Pius X. This season’s state tournament was played in Las Cruces in the extreme southern part of the state.

The NMAA, in a press release, said it will gather more information about reverting the sports’ formats before making a decision. The press release said the board may make a decision on the subject at its July meeting.

A summary of last week’s NMAA board meeting can be found at www.nmact.org.