(Tiebreaking rules below)
TOP 3 TEAMS IN EACH DIVISION QUALIFY
Next two best records in the league are the wildcards. Final team to qualify for the playoffs plays the division winner with the best record (The league's top seed) in the first round and in essence takes the 4th place spot in the opposite division on the bracket (regardless of which division they play in during the regular season). The other wildcard plays the other division winner and takes the 4th place spot in the opposite bracket of the first wildcard.
QUARTERS: 1 vs 4, 2 vs 3 Cross Conference, following the wildcard rules above to establish the 4th seeds.
SEMIS: Winner 1W vs 4E Plays Winner 2E vs 3W Winner 1E vs 4W Plays Winner 2W vs 3E (better seeds get home field).
(2 TEAMS TIED)
1. HEAD TO HEAD
2. STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE (the team that achieved their win/loss record against the schedule with the highest combined winning pct of all of their opponents,
meaning the team that played the hardest schedule, wins this tie-breaker.)
3. STRENGTH OF VICTORY
(the team that achieved their win total against opponents with the highest combined winning pct.)
4. RECORD VS PLAYOFF TEAMS BY PCT (unless both undefeated, then most wins vs playoff teams)
5. CONFERENCE RECORD
6. PLAY-IN GAME FOR LAST PLAYOFF SPOT, COIN TOSS FOR SEEDING
(3 OR MORE TEAMS TIED)
1. HEAD TO HEAD (RECORD OF ALL TIED TEAMS IN HEAD TO HEAD EVEN IF # OF GMS PLAYED IS NOT EQUAL)
STEPS 2-5 EXACTLY AS ABOVE.
EACH TIE-BREAKING STEP SERVES TO SEPARATE AS MANY TEAMS AS POSSIBLE, WHO WILL THEN BE PLACED IN THE STANDINGS IN THE ORDER IN WHICH THEY FINISH IN THAT TIEBREAKER.
IF SOME TEAMS ARE SEPARATED BY A TIE-BREAKING STEP, BUT OTHERS INVOLVED IN A MULTI-TEAM TIEBREAKER ARE STILL TIED, WE REVERT BACK TO TIE-BREAKER #1
AND REDO ALL TIE BREAKERS IN THE SAME ORDER WITH ONLY THE STATS PERTAINING TO THE TEAMS STILL TIED REMAINING AS PART OF THE EQUATION.
(FOR EXAMPLE THE HEAD TO HEAD RECORD IS NOW CALCULATED AMONG ONLY THE TEAMS REMAINING IN A TIE AND NOT AMONG ALL THE TEAMS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY TIED.)