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Playoff Procedures

Southern League playoff procedures
Rule 1.8 -- Division Champions

(a) First Half - Second Half Winners
The club which wins a greater percentage of overall games at the end of the first half of the split season of the adopted schedule shall be declared the first half division winner. The club which wins a greater percentage of overall games from the second half of the split season of the adopted schedule shall be declared the second half division winner. If the same team wins the division in the first and second halves, the team with the second best overall record from the full season qualifies for the playoffs.

(b) Ties for Division Winner
In case of a tie for division winner in the first half, the first time the two teams meet in the second half, the winner of Game 1 of that series will be declared the first half division winner. Although the home team may advertise this game as the first half division play-off game, this game will be counted in the second half standings and all statistics will be included for that championship season, making it unnecessary to play a doubleheader on the second day of the series.

In case of a tie for division winner in the second half, a one game play-off shall be played the day following the end of the regular season. The winner of this play-off game shall be declared the second half division winner. The site of this game shall be determined by a flip of a coin by the League President; or if mileage constraints must be considered, the League President shall have the discretion to decide where the one game play-off shall be held. In the event of a one game play-off for the second half divisional crown, the home club shall pay the visiting club ... and the home club shall be entitled to all revenue from such game. In case of rain, the game shall be played the following day. Any games played to break a divisional tie shall be included in the statistics for that championship season, except that the game result shall not be included as part of the winning and losing records of the participating clubs.

(c) Three-way Tie
In case of a three-way tie, in head-to-head competition, the combined record (at the end of the half in question) for each team against the other two opponents will be the most important consideration. The team with the best winning percentage will automatically be designated as one of the competitors. Whoever has the lowest percentage of win/lose will be eliminated.

If both remaining teams are tied, in head-to-head competition, the combined record for each team against the other divisional opponents will be considered. Whoever has the lowest percentage of win/lose will be eliminated.

If both teams remain tied, best record for last 35 games of half, if needed, is first considered; then the best record for the last 20 games of half is considered; and if still needed, best record for last 10 games of half is considered. After one of the two teams is eliminated, we follow the existing rule to determine the champion in which the two remaining clubs will have a one game play-off game to determine that half's winner.

(d) Division Play-Offs
The first and second half winners in each division shall meet in a best 3 out of 5 series on the day following the determination of both first and second half winners or as otherwise established by the League President. The first half winners shall host the first two games of the series while the second half winners shall host Game 3 and Games 4 and 5, if necessary. Unless otherwise agreed to by the participating clubs and League President, a team winning both halves of the split season shall play the first two games of the division play-offs in its home park, the third game in the park of the runner-up club, and the remaining two games, if necessary, in its home park. The runner-up club, which shall be the opponent if a club wins both halves, shall be defined as the divisional club with the second best overall record for the entire season. For each divisional play-off game, the home club, at the conclusion of each home series, shall submit to the League Office a report form giving a full statement of attendance for all play-off games. ... In case of rain, the games shall be played the day following the scheduled game date. Winners of the division play-offs shall be declared division champions.

All the above-mentioned divisional play-off games shall be scheduled for nine innings, shall not count in the official standings, and individual records of these games shall not be included in the official statistics of the League.

Rule 1.9 -- League Champions

The division champions shall compete in a best 3 out of 5 Championship Series, the winner of which shall be declared League champion. The North division champion will host the first two games in even years, the South division champion in odd years, with the next three games, if necessary, to be played on the home ground of the other division winner unless otherwise mutually agreed to by the competing clubs and the League President. In case of a conflict, sites of the games shall be decided by mutual consent of the competing clubs, with approval of the League President.