Softball: District One Power Rankings Synopsis & Update

The District One softball steering committee wised up and adopted a power-point system for its playoff rankings, similar to the one football has been using the past several years.

It makes sense.

Why continue on with those silly playoff seeding meetings, where it’s basically a political pushing and shoving match? A league representative would attend the meeting and had to lobby for every team in their league — or every team that might be worthy of a district tournament berth. It’s subjective , his-word-against-theirs, nonsense. And it was old and tired and changes needed to be made.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the phone with someone privy to the seeding meeting’s goings-on and have to hear how the Del Val and Central leagues got hosed.  Sometimes, those reasons were perfectly justified. There was a growing faction of anti-Delco in the District One softball community.

There were times Interboro  won the Del Val League title…but didn’t make the Class AAAA tournament. There were times the Central League had produced  five winning teams … but only one qualified.

The NEW method of seeding — of which I’ve taken from District-One.net and basically plopped below on this blog post — is rather straightforward and simple. And, really, you can’t argue with math. Here’s what you need to know

  • Teams earn five (5) points with each win. All the time … no matter what! You win a game, you get five points. Simple.
  • Schedule points are accrued based on winning percentage of the team that your team defeated multiplied by five (5). So, basically, if you’re a good team in a league with a bunch of poor ones, your standing in the power rankings is affected because you’re not gaining anything from those bad teams. Get it?
  • Bonus points are accrued based on winning percentage of the team that your team defeated, multiplied by 12. So, Springfield beating Interboro earlier this year obviously helps Springfield…but it also helps Interboro. Interboro, you see, is gaining bonus points every time Springfield wins, which is often (the Cougars are 11-0 as of Monday).
  • Bonus points apply to wins against non-PIAA teams including Episcopal Academy, Agnes Irwin, Academy of Notre Dame and The Christian Academy (I basically just listed all the non-PIAA softball programs in Delco). So, a public-school team doesn’t have to be fearful that scheduling games against Inter-Ac League, for example, would hurt them in the power rankings. Nope, that’s not the case at all. A public-school team would gain points by defeating a non-PIAA team, just as it would if it played and beat another District One opponent from another league.

Here are the power rankings as of Monday, April 27.  NOTE:  Class AA rankings are not included; there are no Class AA softball programs in Delco.

All Delco teams are bolded.

Class AAAA – 22 TEAMS QUALIFY

Rank Team Games  Won Loss Power Rating
#1 Neshaminy 12 11 1 14.6157197
#2 Perkiomen Valley 13 13 0 12.53066165
#3 Springfield (D) 11 11 0 12.21083033
#4 West Chester East 12 10 2 12.1171398
#5 Souderton 12 10 2 12.07544678
#6 North Penn 12 10 2 11.75556041
#7 Central Bucks South 10 7 3 11.74932401
#8 Abington 11 9 2 11.58216783
#9 Owen J. Roberts 13 12 1 10.90290479
#10 Avon Grove 12 10 2 10.58061383
#11 Great Valley 12 8 4 9.825813076
#12 Ridley 10 7 3 9.806764069
#13 Bensalem 10 6 4 9.706419969
#14 Council Rock South 9 6 3 9.537037037
#15 Garnet Valley 9 6 3 9.126964085
#16 Pennsbury 9 5 4 8.921127946
#17 Conestoga 12 8 4 8.771359428
#18 Spring-Ford 13 10 3 8.477407208
#19 Downingtown West 12 7 5 8.286061161
#20 West Chester Rustin 14 10 4 8.283774559
#21 Coatesville 11 7 4 8.271728272
#22 Downingtown East 11 7 4 8.213286713
#23 Council Rock North 8 5 3 7.882425214
#24 Boyertown 13 8 5 7.83781603
#25 Central Bucks East 13 7 6 7.821324189
#26 Haverford High 10 5 5 7.713131313
#27 Hatboro-Horsham 10 5 5 7.484079254
#28 Kennett 13 6 7 7.345487845
#29 Interboro 10 7 3 7.318181818
#30 Unionville 12 6 6 7.180631868
#31 Methacton 12 6 6 7.157634033
#32 Cheltenham 9 5 4 6.867845118
#33 Upper Darby 10 5 5 6.715782828
#34 Quakertown 10 4 6 6.712564103
#35 William Tennent 10 3 7 6.666705517
#36 Pennridge 10 3 7 6.095920746
#37 Wissahickon 10 4 6 6.000757576
#38 Central Bucks West 11 4 7 5.991587201
#39 West Chester Henderson 12 5 7 5.928300866
#40 Harry S. Truman 10 2 8 5.204368687
#41 Oxford 12 3 9 4.340818903
#42 Upper Dublin 11 3 8 4.076905418
#43 Norristown 6 1 5 4.06473064
#44 Penn Wood 3 0 3 4
#45 Lower Merion 9 1 8 3.095538721
#46 Plymouth Whitemarsh 6 0 6 2.704124579

Class AAA – 12 TEAMS QUALIFY

Rank Team Games  Won Loss Power Rating
#1 Villa Maria 11 9 2 10.26140526
#2 Nazareth Academy 9 6 3 9.627565336
#3 Chichester 9 9 0 9.619191919
#4 Upper Merion 8 6 2 8.92260101
#5 Gwynedd-Mercy 10 5 5 6.802940115
#6 Marple Newtown 11 5 6 6.780165289
#7 Upper Moreland 5 3 2 6.416161616
#8 Penncrest 12 6 6 6.365425084
#9 Sun Valley 12 4 8 5.694909257
#10 Radnor 8 3 5 5.631944444
#11 Villa Joseph Marie 9 2 7 5.485469777
#12 Merion Mercy 7 3 4 5.407828283
#13 Pottsgrove 13 6 7 5.34373319
#14 Harriton 11 4 7 5.075298439
#15 Phoenixville 13 3 10 4.69338354
#16 Lower Moreland 6 2 4 4.522126022
#17 Bishop Shanahan 12 1 11 3.992451992
#18 Pope John Paul II 11 1 10 3.765734266
#19 Academy Park 7 0 7 3.708719852
#20 Upper Perkiomen 13 3 10 3.651425498
#21 Pottstown 9 0 9 3.11965812
#22 Octorara 10 0 10 2.67990343
#23 Mount Saint Joe 5 0 5 2.623737374
#24 Strath Haven 10 0 10 2.585479798

Class A – 5 TEAMS QUALIFY 

Rank Team Games  Won Loss Power Rating
#1 Bristol 11 10 1 11.63946609
#2 Friends Select 13 12 1 10.14069264
#3 Calvary Christian 7 5 2 8.75036075
#4 Morrisville 11 7 4 7.376670804
#5 Faith Christian 4 2 2 5.132756133
#6 Sacred Heart 8 3 5 4.20283189
#7 Delco Christian 6 1 5 3.357013357
#8 Girard College 2 0 2 2.840909091
#9 Plumstead Christian 6 0 6 2.663170163
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One thought on “Softball: District One Power Rankings Synopsis & Update

  1. I don’t get it #1 Neshaminy 12 11 1 14.6157197 – let’s say their schedule is .800 x 5 = 4 their bonus is .800 x 12=9.6 and 11 wins gets them 55 total is 68.6 divided by 13 get them 5.71 why am I so far off?

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