Pleasant Valley’s Alex Kitzmann dribbles the ball during a state tournament game against West Des Moines Valley last March. The state will change its seeding process for the potseason starting next winter.

Kevin E. Schmidt

The Iowa boys basketball postseason tournament seeding process is getting a makeover this winter.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association's board of control approved a recommendation from the Iowa Basketball Advisory Committee Wednesday to let coaches determine the seeding in their respective district or substate.

In recent seasons, a team's win-loss record in games 1 through 15 or 5 through 15 determined its position.

That has been nixed.

According to a letter sent to athletic directors and boys basketball coaches from Brett Nanninga of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the state will release district pods for 1A and 2A teams on the third Friday in January (Jan. 20, 2017). This will notify schools which teams are in their district and substate.

Then on the first Monday in February (Feb. 6, 2017), a location and host school would be designated in each district to hold a seeding meeting. A team's win-loss record will be taken into account, but the point system for wins and losses won't be used to seed.

In 3A and 4A, the substate pods will be announced on the fourth Friday in January and the seeding meeting will transpire on the second Monday in February.

How will this impact state tournament seeding?

Each state tournament coach will rank the other seven teams in their classification. The IHSAA will use those rankings to seed the tournament.

The brackets would be revealed during a state tournament pairings show produced by the Iowa High School Sports Network. A date for that has not been determined yet.

Holiday tournaments coming to Iowa?

Another recommendation the Basketball Advisory Committee made was to allow teams to schedule or reschedule regular-season games or conduct a four-team holiday tournament against other schools from Dec. 27-30.

Currently, Iowa has a dead period during the holiday break. Teams can practice and scrimmage, but no official games are allowed.

That measure was put on hold. In Nanninga's letter, he said the proposal would be further studied and discussed. At some point, a determination will be made to do it or simply cease discussions.

If this were to eventually pass, the plan would be for the regular season still to consist of 21 games.


Matt Coss covers preps for the Quad-City Times. Contact him at 563-383-2288 or You can follow him on Twitter @mattcoss78.


Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.