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The road to the Washington high school basketball state tournament: How are teams selected?

With Washington’s regional and state high school basketball tournaments right around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to break down how many teams from each district are selected to go to regionals, and how the teams qualify for the state tournament. Here are the key points:

  • Each classification for girls and boys gives out 16 regional berths, which are decided by the district tournament performances of the teams. If teams qualify for the regional tournament, then the seeding they receive is based on how they finished in the WIAA RPI.
  • Teams that receive a 1-8 seed at the regional tournaments automatically qualify for state. Teams that receive a 9-16 seed at the regional tournament have to play for a spot in the state tournament.
  • The 1-8 seeds play each other at regionals, and the winner receives a first-round bye in the state tournament.
  • The 9-16 teams play a loser-out game at regionals, and the winner plays the loser of the 1-8 regionals games in the first round of the state tournament.

Here is the breakdown of how many berths each district receives and what leagues are within those districts.

4A Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths  

  • Districts 1 and 2 receive 5 berths
    • Leagues: KingCo and WesCo
  • Districts 3 and 4 receive 7 berths
    • Leagues: NPSL, SPSL, and GSHL
  • District 5 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A
  • District 6 receives 1 berth
    • Leagues: Big 9
  • District 7 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A
  • District 8 receives 3 berths
    • Leagues: GSL and MCC
  • District 9 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A

3A Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths

  • District 1 receives 4 berths
    • Leagues: Wesco and Northwest
  • District  2 receives 5 berths
    • Leagues: KingCo and Metro
  • Districts 3 and 4 receive 5 berths
    • Leagues: PCL, SSC, and GSHL
  • Districts 5, 6, and 7 receive 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A
  • District 8 receives 2 berths
    • Leagues: GSL and MCC
  • District 9 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A

2A Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths

  • Districts 1 and 2 receive 4 berths
    • Leagues: Northwest and KingCo
  • District 3 receives 6 berths
    • Leagues: Olympic and SPSL
  • District 4 receives 4 berths
    • Leagues: GSHL and Evergreen
  • Districts 5, 6, and 7 receive 3 berths
    • Leagues: CWAC and GNL
  • Districts 8 and 9 receive 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A

1A Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths

  • Districts 1 and 2 receive 4 berths
    • Leagues: Northwest, Emerald, and North Sound
  • District 3 receives 2 berths
    • Leagues: Olympic and Nisqually
  • District 4 receives 3 berths
    • Leagues: Evergreen and Trico
  • District 5 receives 4 berths
    • League: SCAC
  • District 6 and 7 receive 3 berths
    • Leagues: Caribou Trail and Northeast
  • District 8 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A
  • District 9 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A

2B Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths

  • Districts 1, 2, and 3 receive 2 berths
    • Leagues: Northwest and SeaTac
  • District 4 receives 6 berths
    • Leagues: Central and Pacific
  • Districts 5 and 6 receive 5 berths
    • Leagues: EWAC and Central Washington
  • District 7 receives 3 berths
    • Leagues: Northeast
  • Districts 8 and 9 receive 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A

1B Girls and Boys each receive 16 regional berths

  • Districts 1, 2 and 3 receive 6 berths
    • Leagues: Northwest, SeaTac, North Olympic, and Independent
  • District 4 receives 3 berths
    • Leagues: Coastal and Columbia Valley
  • District 5 receives 1 berth
    • League: Greater Columbia Gorge
  • District 6 receives 2 berths
    • League: Central Washington 1B
  • District 7 receives 3 berths
    • League: Northeast 1B
  • District 8 receives 0 berths
    • Leagues: N/A
  • District 9 receives 1 berth
    • Leagues: Southeast 1B

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