O.C. Boys Lacrosse Playoff Selection and Seedings Procedures

This article presents a review of how the Orange County Chapter of US Lacrosse (“OC Chapter”) selects and seeds the 16 boys high school lacrosse playoffs tournament teams.  The 16-team tournament pool will be made up of seven automatic qualifiers  (“AQs”) and nine at-large bids.  All 16 playoff schools (AQs and at-large) must be in good standing with CIF and eligible for post-season play.

Automatic Qualifiers

Each of the seven leagues (Century, Sea View, South Coast, Pacific Coast, South West, Sunset, and Trinity) receives one automatic qualifier (AQ) to the playoffs. The AQs are determined by the respective leagues, not by the OC Chapter.  Visit our League Standings page to see the teams that compromise each league.

Selection of At-Large Teams

Each team in the OC Chapter (including the AQs) is assigned up to 100 points according to the 2 components below:

1. Coaching/Team results account for 50 points accumulated using the following:

  •  The Final Coaches Poll (45 points for first place, 39 for second place, etc)
  •  Up to 5 points for participation in the coaches poll

2. Independent Seeding Committee ranking (50 points for first place down to 30 points for 20th place)

The 9 remaining teams (no AQ) with the 9 highest point totals from above receive an invitation to the tournament.

Playoff Seeding

The 16 playoff teams are then seeded highest to lowest according to the total points received out of the 95 possible, with the highest accumulated points receiving the #1 seed to the lowest points receiving the 16 seed.

Tie Breakers

If 2 schools receive the exact same accumulated points they are ranked against each other in the following manner:

      1. Head to head
      2. Common opponents results
      3. Common opponents goals against
      4. Laxpower computer ranking http://www.laxpower.com/update16/binboy/rating08.php
      5. If still tied a then coin flip.

If more than 2 teams receive the exact same accumulated points the teams are ranked in the following manner:

      1. League standing if appropriate(All teams must be in the same league)
      2. Common opponents to all teams results
      3. Common opponents to all teams goals against
      4. Laxpower computer ranking
      5. If still tied lottery selected by the seeding committee chairman

Seeding Committee Eligibility

There are 10 members on the seeding committee this year.  Seeding committee members must meet the following qualifications:

1.Must be independent of any CIF-SS HS lacrosse program.

a)Parents of current rostered players are not considered independent

b)Former players of current OC CIF-SS programs less than 5 years removed are not considered independent

c)Anyone that currently coaches any sport at any level for a current CIF-SS high school that offers boys or girls lacrosse is not considered independent

d)Anyone that has immediate family members currently playing for a team that is coached by a coach or player for a current CIF-SS HS boys lacrosse coaching staff at any level(frosh/soph,jv,varsity) is not considered independent

  1. e) A current member of a HS booster club that offers CIF-SS boys  or girls lacrosse is not considered independent

f)Anyone that has an immediate family member that attends a CIF-SS boys lacrosse school is not considered independent


Coaching for a youth program where a member of a CIF-SS boys lacrosse coach also coaches must be disclosed


  1. Must be willing to meet Saturday before playoffs in Orange County
  2. Must demonstrate an understanding of boys lacrosse (player, coach and/or ref immediately satisfies this requirement)

4.Must be willing to closely follow OC Boys lacrosse to form opinions on teams


1 vote on the seeding committee shall be a public poll administered by the chapter using an online polling service ending the same time as the final coaches poll.  Subject to 500 vote minimum.  All electronic efforts to eliminate ballot stuffing will be taken  1 vote shall be the Laxpower.com poll at the time the committee’s final poll is taken. For example if there are 8 members on the seeding committee,  there will be 10 votes with the public poll results and laxpower rankings counting as one vote each.

You can find the full procedures here