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Playoff Procedures

Northwest League Playoff Scenarios - 2014

FIRST HALF:  June 13 July 21

All positional rankings are based on winning percentage

In the event of a first-half tie:

  1. 1. Head to head record
  2. 2. Winning percentage within the division
  3. 3. Head to head average run differential
  4. 4. Total run differential average based on half
  5. 5. Coin flip

 

SECOND HALF:  July 22 September 1

All positional rankings are based on winning percentage

In the event of a second-half tie:

  1. 1. Head to head record in second half
  2. 2. Head to head for full season
  3. 3. Division record for second half
  4. 4. Total run differential average, head to head for second half
  5. 5. Division record for full year
  6. 6. Won/loss full season
  7. 7. Run differential average for full year
  8. 8. Coin flip

 

FIRST-HALF WINNERS WILL HAVE SEVEN DAYS (MON, JULY 28 ) TO DECIDE IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO HOST GAME 1 OR GAMES 2 AND 3

If one team wins both the first and second half of the season, then the team with the next best winning percentage for the entire season will get into the playoffs.  If there is a tie for the next best winning percentage then the second-half tiebreakers come into play.

FIRST ROUND IN NORTH AND SOUTH

Game 1:  Tuesday, September 2

Game 2:  Wednesday, September 3

Game 3:  Thursday, September 4

Travel Day:  Friday, September 5

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND STARTING IN THE NORTH

(Depending on stadium availability this schedule may change following the same procedure we have in the past.)

Game 1:  North hosting on Saturday, September 6

Game 2:  South hosting on Sunday, September 7

Game 3:  South hosting on Monday, September 8

Playoff procedures with regard to games affected by poor weather

  1. 1. During the Divisional Final Series:  If Game 1 is rained out, then both teams will remain in the same city and play the next day.  Games 2 and 3 will be pushed back one day and extend the series so that it lands on the travel day.  If the Divisional Series is tied and there are no other days to play on prior the Championship Series, then the tiebreakers will be as follows:

     

    • - Best overall season record
    • - Head to head season record
    • - Winning percentage within division for the season
    • - Head to head average run differential for the season
    • - Total run differential average based on the season
    • - Coin flip

     

  2. 2. During the Championship- Series:  If Game 1 is rained, then both teams will remain in the city and play the next day.
  3. 3. During the Championship Series:  If Game 3 is rained out then the series would be extended by one extra day.  In the event that Game 3 cannot be played due to weather and the series is tied 1-1, then both teams would be crowned co-champions.

 

Three or four team tiebreakers

Clarification:  Scheduled first-half games that cannot be made up in the first half are to be played in the second half following normal NWL makeup game procedures.  However, scheduled first-half games that are made up in the second half will be counted toward second-half results, not first-half results.

Three or four team tiebreakers in the first half  (Refer to first-half 2-team tiebreaker procedures once the number of tied teams is reduced to 2)

  1. 1. The combined winning percentage of the tied teams when competing against each other in the first half.  The combined winning percentage for each team is the combined total number of games won against the other tied teams divided by the total number of games played against those same teams.
  2. 2. The winning percentage against all teams within division for the first half
  3. 3. The average run differentials among the tied teams when competing against each other in the first half
  4. 4. If there are still teams tied, apply the 2 team first half tiebreaker procedures

Three or four team tiebreakers in the second half (Refer to second half 2 team tiebreaker procedures once the number of tied teams is reduced to 2)

  1. 1. The combined winning percentage of the tied teams when competing against each other in the second half
  2. 2. The winning percentage within division for the second half
  3. 3. The winning percentage within division for the entire season
  4. 4. The overall winning percentage for the entire season
  5. 5. If there are still teams tied, apply the 2 team second half tiebreaker procedures