The Heal Point System is designed to select teams for tournament play on the basis of athletic strength as demonstrated through the regular season schedule. The athletic strength of a team is determined by a two-step process.
In the first step, the preliminary index of the school is ascertained. This is computed by assigning forty-two (42) points for each Class AA victory, forty (40) points for each Class A victory, thirty-eight (38) points for each Class B victory, thirty-six (36) points for each Class C victory, and thirty-four (34) for each Class D victory. These points are added and the total is divided by the number of scheduled games. In all cases, a minimum divisor is established by the appropriate standing committee. A team with no victories is assigned a preliminary index of 1.000 (Example: If a team had two victories over class B schools, two victories over Class C schools, and two victories over Class D schools, their total would be reached by adding 38 + 38 + 36 + 36 + 34 + 34 = 220. If the team played an 18 game schedule, the 200 points would be divided by 18, giving a preliminary index of 12.2222222222 and would be reported as 12.222.
The tournament index for the team used as an example would be determined by adding the preliminary indices of the schools from which it had defeated. This total would be divided by the number of games on the schedule (18 in this case). If the two B schools had 33 preliminary indices of 8.000 and 5.000; the two C schools 6.000 and 5.400; and the two D schools 4.400 and 4.200; the total of these would be 33.000. This total of 33.000 divided by the 18 games on the schedule would give the team a fi gure of 1.833333333333, reported as 1.8333. Finally, the tournament index is computed by then multiplying that fi gure by 10, giving the reported figure as 18.3333.
In those sports where tie contests are allowed, each participating team is awarded one-half of the preliminary opposing school’s class. For example, a tie with a Class A school results in half of 40 or 20 points added to the calculation of the preliminary index. A tie with a Class C school results in half of 36 or 18 points added to the calculation of the preliminary index. No team may have a preliminary index less than 1.000. In the Final Heal Points, that fi gure will be increased to 1.000.
The official Heal Points are maintained by the MPA. Heal Point standings will be released by posting them on the MPA website (http://www.mpa.cc). During the season, the preliminary and tournament index of each team will be determined by using a divisor of the total games to be played that season.
For purposes of computing the Heal Points, the preliminary index is carried out to ten (10) places and the tournament index is carried out to twelve (12) places. For reporting purposes, these indices are rounded to three (3) places and four (4) places, respectively.
A tie in the final Heal Point standings will be resolved by each standing committee for its sport. The resolution may vary from committee to committee but will have some variation of using head-to-head competition, a coin toss, or a lottery to determine seeding placement, and/or a play-off game if to determine tournament participation.
The Heal Point System is used in Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of the teams will qualify for postseason, rounding up to the nearest whole number.