EL CERRITO -- A proposal for competitive equity adjustments in North Coast Section boys and girls basketball playoffs starting next year was met with resistance at the section's Board of Managers meeting Friday.

By a 26-20 vote, the item was tabled. It will be sent back to the NCS Sports Advisory Committee, section commissioner Gil Lemmon said. Now, Lemmon said, even if it is eventually approved, "I don't see how it will be implemented by next year."

The proposed competitive equity adjustments were based on a five-year period of competition in the NCS basketball championships. Any team required to move up to the next highest division could be moved back to the next lower division if it did not proceed to the championship round for three consecutive years.

Among the boys teams that were slated to move were Newark Memorial to Division I, Bishop O'Dowd to Division II and Salesian to Division III. Girls teams proposed to move included Carondelet to Division I, Bishop O'Dowd to Division II and St. Mary's to Division III.

"It turns Division I into an open division," West Alameda County Conference commissioner Dave Kiesel said. "If we are going to have an open division, let's have a real open division."

Kiesel said that the 12 principals in the WACC unanimously opposed the proposal.

Tri-County Athletic League co-commissioner Phil Tomasini liked the idea.

"It makes sense that if a school is consistently good, to move them up," he said.


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Surprisingly, there was little discussion regarding a proposed revision to California Interscholastic Federation Bylaw 600. The revision would remove the restriction on participating on non-high school teams during the high school season of the same sport.

Amy McNamara, an NCS delegate to the CIF Executive Committee, said the proposal, "did not go over so well," at the CIF Federated Council meeting in October.

"The Southern Section was not in support of it. It is close to dead," she said. "At this point, it would take a considerable amount of effort to change anything to Bylaw 600."

The CIF Federated Council is expected to vote on the proposed revision May 2.

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