2017 Playoff Format

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

SECTION 1 – Qualification: The teams that will qualify for the playoffs are the two (2) Division winners and the two (2) remaining clubs with the next best records regardless of division.  If there is a tie for a playoff berth, the tiebreaker system described in Section 2 will be implemented.

SECTION 2 – Division Champion Tie-Breaker Procedure: In case of a tie between two (2) teams, the winner of the division will be determined by (i) winning percentage; (ii) if still a tie, head to head record shall determine winner; (iii) if still a tie, head to head record against each team in the division in descending order of regular season finish will determine the winner; (iv) and if still a tie, a one game playoff will be held the day after the regular season ends at a site to be determined by the coin toss of the Commissioner. In the case of tie between three (3) or more teams, the winner of the division will be determined by (i) winning percentages of all of the tied teams; (ii) if there are still three (3) or more teams tied, winning percentages against the other teams tied for the slot; (iii) if there are still three (3) or more teams tied, winning percentages against the other playoff teams combined; and (iv) if there are still three (3) or more teams tied, winning percentages against non-playoff teams, individually, in descending order of finish. If, during the tie-breaking process for three (3) or more teams, the process yields a tie between just two (2) teams, the process will revert to the head-to-head tie-breaking rules found above in this section.

SECTION 3 – Divisional Playoff Format: The qualifying teams will be seeded 1 through 4 based on the best overall regular season records. The division winners will automatically be the #1 and #2 seeds. If there is a tie for a seeding, the tie-breaker system described in Section 2 of this Article will be implemented. In the event of a tie for a wild-card position, the tie-breaker system will be used with the entire League as opposed to division games.  In the Divisional Series, the highest seeded division champion will host the lowest wild card seed while the other division champion will host the higher wild card seed.  The division champions will host games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary).

SECTION 4 – Championship Playoff Format: The championship playoffs shall be scheduled to begin on the second day following the scheduled completion of the division playoffs. The Championship Series will be a best of five (5) format.  The highest remaining seed for the Championship Series will have home field advantage (games 1, 2, and 5, if necessary).  If there is a tie for a seeding, the tie-breaker system described in Section 2 of this Article will be implemented.