MaxPreps have officially begun adding the rankings to their website for the 2016/2017 High School season.

Not only do they have a statewide ranking for all the teams, but they have rankings for each classification (1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A).  

MaxPreps uses one of the most mysterious and unknown calculations to determine team rating (the main determining factor in rankings) as well as a "strength of schedule" calculation that helps further separate the teams.  Nobody to date has actually been able to understand it, but you can see it's quite flawed by simply looking at the first 15 or so rankings for the state of NC.

The NCHSAA has officially updated their handbook with the new policy and procedure for determining playoff berths and seeding.

This new process will be used during the 2016/2017 season for boys and girls soccer program, as well as on into the 2017 seasons and beyond during the realignment period.

This year is was tabbed as a pilot program, but I do see some new format of berths and seeding becoming the forefront of the NCHSAA as they look to improve on their most recent version.

There was an old system that was used during the 2008/2009 eras that divided teams into regions, and now they are going back to that system dividing teams up into the east, mideast, west, and midwest before seeding those teams rank #16.

To read the full article on how the seeding process and playoff berths will work, click the "Read More" link below.

The returning senior.  The player that returns from a great season as a junior, with a team full of seniors.  Oh, the frustration of having to start all over again while others are gone on to college and other avenues of life.

One could imagine that it would be difficult on a player to make that adjustment from being a player who had a provider on the field, to having to become the provider.

This is the struggle that a lot of players across North Carolina have to make during the beginning of high school soccer season, moving from the consistency of playing with one team to the newness of playing with another.

Some players make the transition well, and others don't necessarily deal with the pressure well.  Some find the pressure of becoming the "main man" overwhelming.

One specifically in a nearby conference had 21 goals last season due to having dynamic, ball moving, aggressive play maker behind him (that ended up getting an All State nod on the 4A level might I add) to now having to become the sole provider for their team playing more of a midfield role.

This week there were quite a few jamborees that took place throughout North Carolina, and high school soccer coaches across the state were able to get a first look at their teams.  But how much really do coaches learn from these jamborees and what are the major things coaches and teams can look to gain from the participation in such jamborees?

The general idea behind a jamboree is to serve as a multiple team scrimmage, where teams will typically play 20 minute halves (40 minutes total) or a single 40 minute half of competitive soccer against an opponent school.  Then, they usually rotate to another field to face another opponent that offers a different set of questions to be answered.  But what do we really gain from this experience?