ROBBINSVILLE — The power point system that determines which New Jersey high school football teams make the playoffs will remain the same.

For now.

The executive committee of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association voted 23-2 against a measure that would have eliminated giving teams bonus points for playing North Jersey parochial powers. The North Jersey powers get the bonus points even when they play each other.

As a result, South Jersey non-public schools, such as St. Augustine Prep (6-0), have no chance of getting a first-round home playoff game even if they are undefeated at the playoff qualifying date. The eight teams with the most power points in each enrollment group make the playoffs.

Teams earn power points based on their wins and the record and enrollment of their opponents. The NJSIAA added the bonus points this season to try to entice schools to play North Jersey parochial powers, such as Don Bosco Prep and Bergen Catholic.

“It’s not working out the way we thought it was going to,” said executive committee member Tony Mitchell, who is the Paul VI athletic director and the vice president of the West Jersey Football league.

Mitchell made the motion to change the system. Most committee members said they voted against it because the football season is already underway. The qualifying date for the playoffs is the weekend of Nov. 4.

“I didn’t think the motion was going to pass,” Mitchell said, “but I wanted to bring the situation to the (committee’s) attention. It had to be brought up.”

The bonus system is a one-year pilot program.

“It’s year one,” NJSIAA executive director Steve Timko said. “You have to go through the process and evaluate it at the end. If you don’t like what’s going on blow it up at the end, but at least let it go through.”

New wrestling sites

Egg Harbor Township High School will host the Region 8 individual wrestling championships this winter.

Meanwhile, Southern Regional will host the District 29 championships this winter. In 2018, Absegami will host the District 31 championships and Millville the District 30 championships.

The new sites are just a few of the major changes to the state wrestling scene the NJSIAA executive committee unanimously approved Wednesday.

The changes include the realignment of the individual district and regions, the inclusion of 112 more wrestlers at the state individual championships in Atlantic City and the expansion of the team tournament to eight teams in each enrollment group in each section. The new districts and regions are designed to ensure that the state’s best wrestlers have the fairest chance to make it to Atlantic City.

The new alignment and the district and region sites will be reviewed after the 2018 season.

This season’s state individual wrestling championships will be held March 3-5 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The action March 3 will begin at 2:30 p.m. to accommodate the extra wrestlers. In past years, the first day of the individual championships had started at 5 p.m.

Revenue increase

The NJSIAA’s net assets increased by about $450,000 to a total of $3.1 million in 2016-17, the organization said at its executive committee meeting.

NJSIAA officials said revenues increased by about $310,000, mostly due to ticket sales because of favorable championship matches and weather. Expenses increased by $68,000, the NJSIAA said.

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