By Dave Maxwell
Lincoln County Record
The Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association has formed a new partnership with the popular national high school sports website, MaxPreps, to be its official statistics and standings website.
This includes football, baseball, softball, wrestling, boys and girls basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
Donnie Nelson, assistant director of the NIAA, said coaches are requested to report scores and stats to the Sacramento-area based MaxPreps.com beginning immediately.
But most importantly, beginning in the fall of 2014 coaches must at least enter the final results of their league games. If results are not entered, Nelson noted, a team will not qualify for postseason play.
For the 2013-2014 seasons however, coaches are asked, but not required to enter the stats, because the program is so new. “This is our first go round with it,” Nelson said, “so we are excited and eager to see how it all plays out.”
Admittedly, some coaches and school athletic directors are not clear on what the directive from the NIAA is designed to do.
Nelson said the NIAA plans to use the results posted to MaxPreps so coaches, fans, and the media can follow a specific league or school. In addition, the NIAA says it will use the final results to determine playoff seedings.
He further explained, “The NIAA will use the league standings from MaxPreps to determine its playoff seeds. Hence, if a coach does not report scores and doesn’t have a complete (season) won-loss record, his/her team may or may not be seeded into the playoffs depending on what the team’s league record shows (or doesn’t show).”
Statistical information is also an important aspect of what MaxPreps can provide. The site is capable of automatically updating statistical category leaders in terms of league, region, even statewide, Nelson said.
The NIAA has for many years relied heavily on NevadaPreps, the high school sports arm at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, for determining playoff positions for southern Nevada teams.
But the Board of Control of the NIAA recently voted to make MaxPreps the official statewide record keeper.
“I think the coaches will take to it,” Nelson said. “I know coaches are very busy, many of them teach and have families, but I think they can do it.”
Each school that is a member of the NIAA is being provided with a free account to submit scores and stats to MaxPreps to provide an increase in accuracy and visibility for high school sports in Nevada.