(Tiebreaking rules below)
8 TEAMS QUALIFY.
FIRST PLACE IN EACH DIVISION PLUS 5 WILD CARDS.
ROUND 1: THE 3 DIVISION WINNERS GET SEEDS 1-3. OTHER 5 TEAMS GET SEEDED BY RECORD. #8 PLAYS AT #1 ETC.
BRACKETS ARE FOLOWED FOR SEMIS--NO RESEEDING!
WINNER OF 1 VS 8 PLAYS WINNER OF 4 VS 5. WINNER OF 2 VS 7 PLAYS WINNER OF 3 VS 6
GAMES HOSTED BY HIGHER REMAINING SEED, INCLUDING CHAMPIONSHIP GAME.
(2 TEAMS TIED)
1. HEAD TO HEAD
(If head to head record is tied, then best margin of victory in head to head games to a maximum margin of 5 runs per game wins this tiebreaker.)
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 TEAMS UNDEFEATED, THAN MOST WINS VS PLAYOFF TEAMS)
5. COIN TOSS FOR SEEDING
(IF TIE IS FOR LAST PLAYOFF SPOT, RUN DIFFERENTIAL IN HEAD TO HEAD GAMES BETWEEN THE TWO TIED TEAMS VYING
FOR THE FINAL PLAYOFF SPOT WILL BE THE FINAL TIEBREAKER INSTEAD OF A COIN TOSS. ALL MERCIES COUNT AS A 10 RUN DIFFERENTIAL).
(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, AND EVEN IF SOME TEAMS INVOLVED IN THE TIE DID NOT PLAY HEAD TO HEAD AT ALL. (If head to head record is tied, then the best margin of victory in all head to head games between all of the teams involved in the tie is calculated to a maximum margin of 5 runs per game. For this tiebreaker, total combined number of games played vs the other teams involved in the tie by each team in the tie must be the same. Not the # of games against any individual team in the tie but the combined number of games against all of the teams in the tie.) THIS FIRST TIEBREAKER TRIES TO SEPARATE TEAMS THAT PLAY IN THE SAME DIVISION WHO ARE INVOLVED IN A MULTI TEAM TIEBREAKER AND BY DOING SO DETERMINES WHICH TEAM(S) FROM EACH DIVISION CONTINUE ON TO THE STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE TIEBREAKER VS TEAMS FROM THE OTHER DIVISIONS THAT HAVE THE SAME RECORD.
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 EXAMPLETHE 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.)