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International League Playoff and Tiebreaker Policies

International League playoff procedures

Tie-breaking procedures

The League's regular season shall conclude on the final day for play as listed on the official playing schedule regardless of ties that may occur for either a division title or the wild card position. Any games played following the conclusion of the regular season shall be considered playoff games. While the preferred Governors' Cup playoff format will consist of three division winners and a wild card team (the non-division winning team with the highest winning percentage), should a tie or ties exist a revised Governors' Cup Series format will be implemented.

In the event teams are tied in winning percentage for either a division title or the wild card position, the number of teams participating in the playoffs will be expanded to include all such teams.

When two clubs finish the regular season in a tie for a division title or for the wild card position with one club to advance to the preferred Governors' Cup playoff format, the clubs shall play one game the next day to determine which club advances and to also determine club positioning in the preferred playoff format. The method for deciding in which city the one game is to be played is as follows:

1) The site for the one game shall be in the city of the club with the most wins in the head-to-head season series.
2) If the two clubs should be tied in the head-to-head series, the club with the highest winning percentage during intradivisional play shall host the game.
3) Should the clubs possess the same winning percentage in intradivisional play, the club with the highest winning percentage against other division winners will be the host.
4) Should the clubs possess the same winning percentage against other division winners, the President of the League will toss a coin to determine in which city the game will be played.

In the event two clubs are tied for first place in a division with both teams to advance in the preferred playoff format the teams will be considered division co-champions. Using the tiebreaker format above, the club with the highest ranking will occupy the division winner position in the preferred playoff format.

If three clubs are tied for a division lead, with two teams to advance to the preferred playoff format, the division winner shall be declared on the basis of tiebreakers, and the remaining two clubs will play for the wild card position. The site of this game is determined by tiebreaker.

If three clubs are tied for a division or wild card position with one to make the preferred playoff format, the three clubs will meet in a doubleheader with both games to be played at the site of the team that ranks #1 as determined by the tiebreaker format above. Schedule of doubleheader games

  • Game 1:
  • Club ranked #3 is visiting team on scoreboard vs. Club #2 as home team on scoreboard
  • Game 2:
  • Winner of game one at Team ranked #1 by tiebreaker