The GHSA has announced a formal change to the GHSA State Softball tournaments starting in 2022 which will last at least 2 years according to GHSA Assistant Executive Director Ernie Yarborough. Mr. Yarboruogh stated that the need for change results from a continued shortage of officials that are qualified to officiate at the state level, as well as ensuring that all state tournament games will have 3 umpires per game instead of 2 in the early rounds as it has been over the past few season.
The GHSA playoffs will move away from a best 2 of 3 format in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs and will move to a "super regional" format. The 1,2,3 and 4 seeds of each quadrant of the GHSA State tournament bracket will play a double elimination tournament hosted by the #1 seed and the winner will move on to the Elite 8 in Columbus. This tournament will take place over 2 days.
This format will allow the GHSA regular season to be extended by one week to help with any rescheduled games that need to be made while keeping the Elite 8 in Columbus the same weekend as it has historically been.
Below is a list of important dates announced by GHSA at our Clinic this past Friday.
- First practice date - Monday August 1st
- First play date - Friday August 5th
- Last play date - (region seeds must be finalized) - October 15th
- Super-Regionals - Week of October 17th
- Elite 8 in Columbus - Oct 27-29