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Playoff Procedures


Northwest League Playoff Scenarios - 2017

FIRST HALF: June 15 - July 23

All positional rankings are based on winning percentage

In the event of a first-half tie:

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

SECOND HALF: July 24 - September 3

All positional rankings are based on winning percentage

In the event of a second-half tie:

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

 

FIRST-HALF WINNERS WILL HAVE SEVEN DAYS (MONDAY, JULY 30) 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 5

Game 2: Wednesday, September 6

Game 3: Thursday, September 7

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND - STARTING IN THE SOUTH

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

Game 1: South hosting on Friday, September 8

Game 2: South hosting on Saturday, September 9

Game 3: North hosting on Sunday, September 10

Game 4: North hosting on Monday, September 11

Game 5: North hosting on Tuesday, September 12

 

 Playoff procedures with regard to games affected by poor weather

  1. During the Divisional Final Series: If Game 1 is rained out, both teams will remain in the same city and play the next day. Should the weather or field conditions prevent playing on the designated make up day, the site for Game 1 will be determined by the NWL President, in consultation with the teams, based on the weather and field conditions in the two involved cities. Should the series end with only one game played before the Championship Series begins, the winner of that game will advance. If the Divisional Series ends tied prior to 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 for the season
  • Coin flip

  1. During the Championship Series: If Game 1 is rained out, both teams will remain in the city and play the next day. Should the weather or field conditions prevent playing on the designated make up day, Game 1 will be moved to the other participating city and the series shall be shortened to best of 3 games played. If any of the games scheduled for the second city are rained out, the series would be extended by one extra day. In the event of a weather shortened series, the team with the most wins will be the NWL Champion. Should the series end with the teams tied, the teams will be crowned co-champions.

 

With the concurrence of the affected teams and the NWL President, variances from these procedures may be considered in order to maximize the number of games played. All teams involved and the NWL President will work together to utilize all potential possibilities with the goal of playing the games and deciding a league champion on the field.

 

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. 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. The winning percentage against all teams within division for the first half

3. The average run differentials among the tied teams when competing against each other in the first half

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. The combined winning percentage of the tied teams when competing against each other in the second half

2. The winning percentage within division for the second half

3. The winning percentage within division for the entire season

4. The overall winning percentage for the entire season

5. If there are still teams tied, apply the 2 team second half tiebreaker procedures