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Playoff Procedures

2018 Cal League Playoff Procedures

FORMAT

The last day of the regular season is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 3. Tuesday, Sept. 4 is a scheduled off day, which will be used to schedule tie breaker games, if necessary. Four teams make the playoffs the First Half Winner of each division, and the Second Half Winner of each division. If the same team wins both halves, the team with the second best overall record in the division receives the other playoff berth. Each division will feature a Division Series, followed by the League Championship Series. Below is a listing of the dates and pairings.

Divisional Finals (Best-of-5)

Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 5: Second-Half Champion at First-Half Champion*

Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 6: Second-Half Champion at First-Half Champion*

Game 3, Friday, Sept. 7: First-Half Champion at Second-Half Champion*

Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 8: First-Half Champion at Second-Half Champion* (if necessary)

Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 9: Game hosted by half champion with best overall record (if necessary)

*(First-Half Winner will have the choice of which set of games to host: either games 1 and 2, or games 3 and 4. The selection must be made by the All-Star Game on June 19.)

Off Day: Monday, Sept. 10

California League Championship Series (Rotating 2-3 Format)

Game 1, Tuesday, Sept. 11: South Division at North Division

Game 2, Wednesday, Sept. 12: South Division at North Division

Off Day: Thursday, Sept. 13

Game 3, Friday, Sept. 14: North Division at South Division

Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 15: North Division at South Division (if necessary)

Game 5, Sunday, Sept. 16: North Division at South Division (if necessary)

TIEBREAKING PROCEDURES

It is important for a half champion to be determined on the field. The following scenario balances determining a winner on the field.

An additional regular-season game to determine the First-half Champion will be played according to the following scenario:

  • 1) The first game between the two opponents in the second half will be designated a regular-season game to determine the First-half Champion.
  • 2) If the two teams do not meet within 30 days of the conclusion of the first half, then the two teams will play on the first common off day of the second half.



An additional regular-season game to determine the Second-half Champion or No. 2 Seed will be played only if a playoff berth is at stake, and it will be played on the day after the regular season concludes. If the tying teams are already assured of a playoff spot, then a game will not be played and the seeding will be determined by the tiebreaking procedure.

In the case of a two-way tie for a half champion or overall best record, the home team for the playoff game will be determined using the following criteria:

  • 1) Head-to-Head record
  • 2) Winning percentage within the division
  • 3) Winning percentage versus third-place club(s)
  • 4) Winning percentage versus fourth-place club(s)
  • 5) Winning percentage versus fifth-place club
  • 6) Winning percentage versus other Division
  • 7) Coin flip


In the case of a three-way tie for a half champion or overall best record, two of the three teams will be determined using the following tiebreaking procedure:

  • 1) Head-to-Head record (cumulative winning percentage among the teams involved)
  • 2) Winning percentage within the division
  • 4) Winning percentage versus fourth-place club(s)
  • 5) Winning percentage versus fifth-place club
  • 5) Winning percentage versus other division
  • 6) Coin flip


The home team will be determined by the two-way tiebreaking procedure.