2019 Playoff Format Details

Post Season Brackets and Tournaments

This year the Championship bracket first round games begin on Friday, May, 17th and the Cascade Cup starts Monday, May, 20th. The Championship bracket concludes on Championship Saturday, June, 1st, at Lake Oswego High School.  The LaxNumber ratings used for seeding can be found on the LaxNumbers snapshot page. The Cascade Cup concludes the day before, Friday June 1st, at the higher seeded team's field. 

Every game is hosted by the higher seed except the Championship bracket Final-Four which is held on a neutral site (Lake Oswego this year).  More information on Championship Day, including parking directions and detailed schedule will be on the OHSLA Home page after the first round. There are two different brackets for post season play in the OHSLA: the Championship bracket and the Cascade Cup Bracket.  As noted below, both brackets rely on LaxNumbers ratings for seeding calculations.  The brackets are released within 24hrs of the calculation of Lax Power ratings after last day of the season, for 2019 that will most likely be the evening of Wednesday, May, 15th. 

2019 OHSLA Championship Bracket

Specific 2019 bracket details for how brackets were selected and seeded are described below the bracket, look at the bracket formation explanations for the general rules on bracket formation and team selection.  The LaxNumbers ratings used for seeding can be found on the LaxNumbers snapshot page.
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Champ bracket

Championship Bracket after Semi-Finals.

How the 2019 Championship Bracket was formed

The LaxNumbers ratings used for seeding can be found on the LaxNumbers snapshot page. For 2019 the 16 automatic qualifying teams are:

ConferenceFirstSecond ConferenceFirstSecond
Pacific Glencoe Liberty Metro Sunset Jesuit
Columbia OES Grant Northwest Tualatin Sherwood
Three Rivers Lake Oswego West Linn North Valley West Salem West Albany
Southwest Sheldon Thurston High Desert Summit Bend

The eight At-Large bids to fill out the 24 team bracket went to (in order of ranking): Lakeridge, Lincoln, Canby, Clackamas, Southridge, Hood River, Central Catholic, and Tigard

2019 OHSLA Cascade Cup Bracket

The Cascade Cup is formed from the 16 highest ranked team not included in the Championship Bracket.  This year three automatic bids were outside the top 24 ranked teams in the state, so Mountain View, Wilson, and Westview are the only Cascade Cup teams from the top 24. 

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Cascade Cup bracket

Cascade Cup Bracket after Semi-Finals

OHSLA Championship Bracket Formation

  1. The first and second place teams in each Conference receive "automatic" bids, to use the nomenclature of the NCAA tournaments.  The remaining "At-Large" bids are given to the teams with the highest LaxNumbers Ratings at the end of the regular season that did not recieve automatic bids.  How are Lax Power ratings calculated?  Check out the LAXNumbers FAQs page
  2. Bracket seedings are done based on LaxNumbers ratings.  The top eight LaxNumbers rated teams earn a first round bye. 
  3. Note that, since some of the automatic bids may go to teams that were not in the LaxNumbers top 24 rated teams, the tournament seeds may not be a direct match to the LaxNumbers ratings. 

Cascade Cup Bracket Formation

  1. The Cascade Cup includes the 16 highest rated teams from the LaxNumbers Ratings at the end of the season that are not part of the Championship Bracket. 
  2. Bracket seeding will map directly to relative LaxNumbers rankings of the teams. How are Lax Power ratings calculated?  Check out the LAXNumbers FAQs page

Playoff Game Revenues and Costs

Revenue Sharing

As noted in the OHSLA 2019 SOPs (section #26) for playoff games in Playoff Rounds 1 & 2, and Quarterfinals (and now Cascade Cup Semi-Finals) pricing and revenues are as follows:

  • Admission charges, prices determined by the Commissioner, MUST be charged to ALL spectators, not just those of the visiting school.
  • Admission prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.  Kids 5 and under are free.
  • The gate total shall be split 50/50 with the OHSLA and host school after approved host expenses are subtracted from the gate total.  OHSLA Treasurer Joe Alexander will email each club their referee costs after each playoff game.  The total amount due can be calculated from the 2019 OSHLA Playoff Payment Worksheet (right click and select "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As...", depending on your browser).  A copy of this worksheet with the payment can be sent to the OHSLA Treasurer.
  • If charging admission is a problem for any program, special arrangements must be made with the OHSLA prior to the game taking place.
  • Failure to charge admission/submit accounting worksheet/pay OHSLA share will result in (1) the team being billed for the average share received by the league received from schools in a similar playoff round PLUS (2) a $250 fine. 

If you have any questions or need a playoff calculation worksheet emailed to you, please email wvbsbbs@aol.com


Travel Allowances

OHSLA will help with travel costs for visiting playoff teams in the first three rounds of the playoffs (first round, second round and quarter finals). 

The travel cost reimbursements have changed this year.  There will no longer be reimbursements for in district travel, and amounts for near district travel has been reduced slightly.  For teams that have home games as well as away games, the travel allowance for their away game can be applied as a credit (just like any approved host expense) to their final team billing.  The Table below shows the Travel Allowance from OHSLA for teams between the four areas in the state. 

  PDX Salem Eugene High Desert
PDX N/A $200 $300 $400
Salem $200 N/A $200 $300
Eugene $300 $200 N/A $300
High Desert$400 $300 $300 N/A


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