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Playoff Procedures

Appalachian League Playoff Procedures


Format

Round 1 — Semifinal Playoff Series

Series 1: Winner advances to Championship Series, Best-of-3

Teams: East Division winner vs. East Division second-place team

Locations:

  • Game 1: Home of the East Division second-place team
  • Games 2-3: Home of the East Division winner

Series 2: Winner advances to Championship Series, Best-of-3

Teams: West Division winner vs. West Division second-place team

Locations:

  • Game 1: Home of the West Division second-place team
  • Games 2-3: Home of the West Division winner

Round 2 — League Championship Series: Winner is Appalachian League Champion, Best-of-3

Teams: East Division Champion vs. West Division Champion

Locations:

Following an off day after the completion of the first round of the Playoffs, the winners will play in a best 2 of 3 series to determine the League Champion. The League club with the best win-loss percentage during the regular season shall host games two (and three, if necessary). Game one will be played in the opponent's park.

Qualifying

The two teams with the best win-loss percentage in both the East and West Divisions, at the conclusion of the 68-game regular season, will qualify for the playoffs.

In Round 1 of the playoffs, each division winner will face the second-place finisher in their division.


Additional Rules and Regulations

There will be one off-day between the conclusion of the regular season and the beginning of the playoffs.


Tie-breakers

Tie-breaker for division (or second place):

  • 1. If two teams finish the season with the same winning percentage, the division winner will be determined by head-to-head record.
  • 2. If the two teams are tied for the head-to-head record, the division winner will be determined by the winning percentage in the division.
  • 3. If a three-way tie occurs in the division, then the team with the worst overall record versus the tied teams will be eliminated. The remaining two teams will follow the tie-breaker procedures listed above.

(Since the top two teams in a division make the playoffs, the items listed above would also pertain to ties for second place).

Tie-breaker for site of Championship Series:

  • 1. If two teams finish the season with the same winning percentage, the team with the better head-to-head record shall host the final two games (if necessary).
  • 2. If the two teams are tied for the head-to-head record, then the team with the higher winning percentage against teams outside its division shall host the final two games (if necessary). Their opponent will host the remaining games.
  • 3. If the two clubs have identical winning percentages against teams outside its division, then the club that has the higher winning percentage against all of the other playoff-bound clubs shall host the final two games (if necessary).