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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:

In even-numbered years:

  • Game 1: Home of the easternmost club
  • Games 2-3: Home of the westernmost club
In odd-numbered years:

  • Game 1: Home of the westernmost club
  • Games 2-3: Home of the easternmost club

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.

In the event of a tie for a playoff spot, the winner will be the team that has the better record in head-to-head competition between the two tied clubs.


Additional Rules and Regulations

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