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Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2007 5:51 am | Updated: 6:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The 5A Conference executive board will explore and could adopt an alternative power-point system for next year, one devised by an Arizona Interscholastic Association committee last month.

The board convenes today in the East Valley to look at the AIA Power Ranking System. The system could be used for any or all of the nine team sports (badminton, baseball, basketball, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and wrestling).

AIA executive director Harold Slemmer said that the decision to adopt the new system will be up to each conference.

“It is a tool for the conferences to use if they choose to,” Slemmer said.

“They don’t have to use it. They can use another method if they want or not use power points at all.”

A number of schools have been critical of the current system used because it is too complex.

There are also barriers to scheduling schools not in one’s own conference and some agreement for not including invitationals in power-point rankings.

Not counting any games played against out-of-state schools is also up for debate.

Mesa district athletic director Steve Hogen, a member of the 5A executive board, said he’d like to wait one year to implement a new system since the one currently in place was completed after a two-to-three-year trial.

The 5A Conference will begin scheduling fall sports next week for the next two years and wants a power-point system in place before that process begins.

The 4A Conference is also getting versed on the AIA Power Ranking System and will consider it later this month at its meetings, Mc-Clintock athletic director Art Wagner said.

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