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Playoff Procedures

 

QUALIFYING

First Half Qualifiers (4)

  1. 1. Team finishing in first place in the Western Division’s first half
    1. (“Western First Half Champion”)
  2. 2. Team finishing in first place in the Eastern Division’s first half
    1. (“Eastern First Half Champion”)
  3. 3. Team finishing in second place in the Western Division’s first half
    1. (“Western First Half Wild Card”)
  4. 4. Team finishing in second place in the Eastern Division’s first half
    1. (“Eastern First Half Wild Card”)

 

Second Half Qualifiers (4)

  1. 1. Team finishing in first place in the Western Division’s second half
    1. (“Western Second Half Champion”)**
  2. 2. Team finishing in first place in the Eastern Division’s second half
    1. (“Eastern Second Half Champion”)**
  3. 3. Team finishing in second place in the Western Division’s second half
    1. (“Western Second Half Wild Card”)**
  4. 4. Team finishing in second place in the Eastern Division’s second half
    1. (“Eastern Second Half Wild Card”)**

 

**If any of the Second Half Qualifiers for either division have already qualified as a First Half Qualifier, the team within the same division with the next best second half record that was not a First Half Qualifier will be named as a Second Half Qualifier.

**If one or both of the Second Half Qualifier teams is determined by best second half record, then the team with the best overall second half record shall declare its preference for home game(s) in the first round

SEEDING

Round 1 – Division Quarterfinal – Best of 3

Series #1 – Eastern First Half Champion vs. Eastern First Half Wild Card

Team declares what home game(s) they will host no later than June 30

Series #2 - Western First Half Champion vs. Western First Half Wild Card

Team declares what home game(s) they will host no later than June 30

Series #3 – Eastern Second Half Champion vs. Eastern Second Half Wild Card

Team declares what home game(s) they will host no later than 24 hours after clinching a Playoff Spot

Series #4 – Western Second Half Champion vs. Western Second Half Wild Card

Team declares what home game(s) they will host no later than 24 hours after clinching a Playoff Spot

**If one or both of the Second Half Qualifier teams is determined by best overall record, than the team with the best overall second half record shall declare its preference for home game(s) in the first round

Round 2 – Division Championship – Best of 3

Series # 5 – Eastern Series #1 Winner vs. Eastern Series #3 Winner

**Eastern Series #1 Winner declares what game(s) they will host no later than June 30

Series # 6 – Western Series #2 Winner vs. Western Series #4 Winner

**Western Series #2 Winner declares what game(s) they will host no later than June 30

Round 3 – League Championship – Best of 5

Series #7 – Eastern Division Champion vs. Western Division Champion

Western Division hosts games 1, 2 & Eastern Division hosts Games 3, 4, 5 in even years

Eastern Division hosts games 1, 2 & Western Division hosts Games 3, 4, 5 in odd years

TIE BREAKERS

Tie involving two teams:

1) Best record in head-to-head meetings;

2) Best run differential in head-to-head meetings;

3) Winner of final meeting of the season between the clubs.

Tie involving more than two teams:

1) Best winning percentage in games involving tied teams for the full season;

2) Best run differential in games involving tied teams for the full season;

3) Best winning percentage in second half games only in games involving tied teams;

4) Best run differential in second half games only in games involving tied teams