"You are going to get a certain amount of snarkiness on the Internet no matter what, and my rule is that you don't post anything that you wouldn't say to someone's face." Marc Andreyko (Writer of DC Comic's "Manhunter")
And most every state I can think of has playoffs at the high school level. (I know Washington has a 16-team playoff, and I think Oregon has a 32-team playoff.) Somehow those kids make it through those OK.