Now, regions will have to have until Wednesday to complete their tournaments and determine their four seeds for the state playoffs.
Originally, the GHSA wanted the tournaments to be completed no later than Monday and gave region organizers the option of having teams play two games in a day, provided they received at least 4 hours of rest in between.
But that plan became moot once the winter storm moved through the metro-Atlanta area and dropped up to 6 inches of snow and an inch or more of ice in some locations.
“This revision will allow all regions to complete tournament games without reducing the original number of teams participating in the tournament, and the potential of teams playing multiple games in one day,” the GHSA said in a release.
The start of the state tournaments, originally scheduled for Tuesday, will be delayed until at least Feb. 21. The GHSA is currently reworking the schedule for the first three rounds of the tournament.
With the new flexibility, Region 4AAAAAA will move the entire tournament back to McEachern’s campus, and return to the schedule that had been created before the storm, with the exception of combining all the quarterfinal games into one day.
Saturday will see four play-in games, beginning at 4 p.m. The six quarterfinal games will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, the semifinals will be Tuesday and a region champion will be crowned Wednesday night.
“It came as a great relief that the GHSA gave us those extra days,” said McEachern athletic director Jimmy Dorsey, who was concerned that games and teams would have to be eliminated from the tournament if there were any more weather delays. “Now, coaches who haven’t seen their players for over a week can get them back together for a practice (today) before the tournament starts.
“I just hope everyone shows up at the right time since I’ve sent out so many schedules.”
Region 5AAAAAA will split its quarterfinal-round games into two locations. The girls games will be held at Woodstock starting at 4:30 p.m., while the boys games will be at Etowah beginning at 3 p.m.
All four semifinal games will be at Etowah starting at 2 p.m. Monday, and the region championship games will be Tuesday night.
Region 5AAAAA will resume its tournament Saturday with games at multiple sites. Four pods of quarterfinal games will be held Monday, with Allatoona hosting two boys games. All semifinal games will move to Villa Rica and will start at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the championship games will be played there Wednesday.
Region 7AAAAA was originally scheduled to have a marathon of eight games starting at 10 a.m. today at Sequoyah. The only update received by Thursday afternoon was that games would not begin until Saturday.
While Region 6A had the option of returning to a full tournament slate with the GHSA extension, Mount Paran Christian athletic director Mitch Jordan said the region will maintain its revised format of using the top four seeds from each subregion.
Jordan said many of the coaches of teams that would not have made the tournament with the revised format had already talked with their players and it would have been difficult to get them back together. In addition, with Class A playoff berth decided by a power-rating system, Jordan said it made more sense to keep the new format as is.
“If we didn’t have the power rankings,” he said, “then we absolutely would have jumped back into a full tournament.”
The 6A girls quarterfinal round will begin at 4 p.m. today at Darlington, with the boys quarterfinals beginning at 4 p.m. at Trion. All semifinal games will be Saturday at Darlington and will begin at 4 p.m., while the finals will be Monday.