A call to the NJSIAA today resolved two questions in terms of power points, one of which seems like the right way to go, but isn't written anywhere. The other is clearly there in black-and-white, but simply doesn't make sense. At least not in this humble broadcaster's opinion.
Let's start with the initial question, which I had posed to NJSIAA Assistant Director Jack DuBois two weeks ago. We all know teams that play North Jersey Super Football Conference Red and White Division teams get 2 times and 1.5 times the power points, as if they had won the game, regardless of outcome. Overkill, if you ask me (but they didn't, of course). But that's the rule, clear as day. So, say you're a public school who's 6-3, but one of those losses is to Don Bosco Prep. as far as power points are concerned, you'll get double the points as if you had beaten Don Bosco. So, if Bosco goes 5-4, you would have gotten 4 power points (1 strength of schedule residual for each of their wins, except their win against you). Instead, you'll get 52 points. That's 6 for a win, 5 for them being a Group 5 school in the non-public equivalency, and 3 points for each win, totalling 15. That's 26 points times 2, giving you 52. Just for showing up on the same field.
I'd be in favor of doubling the points if they lost (8 instead of 4). Maybe even adding in just the school size for good measure (an extra 5 points). You'd get 13 for losing instead of 4, versus 52 for winning. Maybe even doubling all of that, which would give you 18 instead of 4, compared to 52 for winning. But 52 power points just for being on the same field as Don Bosco? I guess so, if you like an association that allows sub-.500 teams in the playoffs. Yay for participation!
I've gotten far off the topic though. The question actually was: What if I play the 6-3 team that lost to Bosco? When calculating my residuals, do I get residuals based on them having 6 wins? Or 7? Since they got power points as if they had won 7 games... the answer is yes. So, now the new rule trickles down to everybody who played a team that plays a United red of White team.
And you thought power points couldn't get any more complicated.
Well, you're wrong.
Actually, this isn't any more complicated, as much as it is troubling. The original intent and spirit of this new rule, as I understand it, was to encourage teams from outside of the White and Red divisions to play the likes of Paramus Catholic, Don Bosco Prep, Bergen Catholic, etc. In the end, only a handful did. But they're not the only ones to benefit from this rule. Paramus Catholic, et. al., will benefit as well.
Yes, even United Red Division teams will get the double points as if they had won. So, for all intents and purposes, that means if the five teams in the Red (Don Bosco, Bergen Catholic, Paramus Catholic, St. Peter's Prep and St. Joe's of Montvale) all won their out of conference games, they could all be undefeated for power points' sake. That seems to go against the intent of the rule, which was to encourage teams to play schools from the Red. But PC and BC have no choice; that's their league. And it's why South Jersey schools like St. Augustine are crying foul. They won't get to play these teams in the regular season. So they get relegated to a 7 seed right off the bat, and have to play the top team.
To be honest, the NJSIAA should just pull St. Augustine and St. Joe's of Metuchen right out of Non-Public Group 4 and stick them in with more of their contemporaries, like Bishop Eustace, Red Bank Catholic and the like.
But hold the phone. Two weeks ago, Jack DuBois told me there's somewhat of a move to do just that. Or, at least to split the South and North Jersey schools into two group sizes. So, you'd essentially have a North A and a North B, and a South A and a South B.
If they go back to normal power points, and distinguishing between a win and a loss on the playing field, I'd give it a shot. It can't be more screwy than it is now.