Selection criteria for Section 9 exceptional senior game

Over the last few weeks, some players and coaches have been asking me what the criteria is for Section 9′s exceptional senior game, which will be played next month. Below is how the selection process will work, courtesy of our friends at Section 9 athletics:

 Section 9 Exceptional Senior Game:

 Criteria for selecting players:

 -Each Section 9 school is guaranteed one selection.

-Schools also receive one additional selection for each divisional win they have.

-Divisional champions each receive one additional selection.

So, for instance, if Monroe-Woodbury defeats Newburgh on Friday: The Crusaders would have six representatives (one guaranteed, four for each division win and another for winning the division). However, with all due respect, Monroe-Woodbury would probably prefer to take a pass on what should be a great game. The five champions in classes AA, A, B, C, and D, will not participate as they could still be competing in the state playoffs, according to Chester coach Ron Stover, the president of the Section 9 Coaches’ Association.

The game is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Newburgh Free Academy, Stover said. Possible venues for the game are Middletown’s Faller Field, Dietz Stadium in Kingston and Academy Field at Newburgh Free Academy. The two all-star teams will be picked in October with nominations coming from coaches. Two teams, representing all classes, will be split up with Section 9 Class AA coaches teaming up to lead them this fall. Section 4 (Binghamton area) and Section 1 (Dutchess, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties) hold similar showcases.

The Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association previously held an exceptional senior game from 1977-82.

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