GAINESVILLE, FL (WJHG/WECP) There is news out of Gainesville concerning high school football and how teams qualify for playoff spots. The FHSAA, the governing body of high school sports, is dumping the points system, that gave team points for wins, and added points for wins against teams with good records. Beyond district champs, teams in each district or region with the most points went on to the playoffs.
Based on a recommendation from the FHSAA's football advisory committee, the state is now moving to what it calls a Ratings Percentage Index, or RPI, to rate teams.
The RPI, the state says, will measure a team's strength relative to other teams, based largely on the strength of their schedules. A team's winning percentage will be added to its opponents winning percentage and even its opponents' opponents winning percentage.
The state believes this improves the points system used the last two years, and will make it easier for teams to calculate where they stand as the season progresses.
For more information about this change, click on the following FHSAA site. https://www.fhsaa.org/news/2019/0128