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Rule 33 – Post-Season Qualification
– The Division Championship shall be awarded to the team with the highest winning percentage in each division during the regular season. If there is a tie, tie breaker game(s) may be played as described below. Each division champion shall qualify for the Division Series.
– a place in the Division series shall also be awarded to the team with the highest winning percentage in each league who is not a division champion (the “Wild Card” team).
– All rescheduled games of all “tied” teams shall be played before the season is concluded. If two or more teams are tied for playoff eligibility, tie-breaker games may be played. Any tie-breaker games shall count as a regular season game. Statistics will count in official records. Paid attendance shall be counted in regular season totals.
2-way tie (if only one of the tied teams stands to qualify for the playoffs)
The tie must be broken by a “Play-In Game.” The Play-In Game shall be played the day after the regular season, and the home team will be determined by a coin toss. The winner shall be awarded the Division Championship.
2-way tie (if both teams stand to qualify for the playoffs)
Head-to-head winning percentage
Intra-division winning percentage
Second half intra-league winning percentage
Intra-league (second half + last intra-league game of first half) winning percentage (keep adding most recent first half intra-league games until tie is broken) (first half intra league games shall not include head-to-head games)
The winner of the tie-break is awarded the Division Championship and the loser of the tie-breaker becomes the Wild Card.
3-way tie – if three clubs are tied for the division, the teams will be designated Team A, B, and C as follows:
If Club 1 has a better record against each of Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, then Club 1 shall choose its designation first, Club 2 second, and Club 3 shall choose third
If Club 1 has a better record against each of Clubs 2 and 3, and Club 2 and Club 3 have the same record against each other, then Club 1 shall choose its designation first, and a coin flip shall determined which club has the option to choose the next designation.
If Club 1 and Club 2 have the same record against each other but each has a better record against Club 3, then a coin flip between Clubs 1 and 2 will determine who has the option of choosing its designation first. Club 3 gets the remaining designation.
If Club 1 has a better record against Club 2, Club 2 has a better record against Club 3, and Club 3 has a better record against Club 1, then the three Clubs shall be ranked on the basis of overall winning percentage within that three-Club group, and then the right to choose a designation will be awarded based on that percentage. If there is still a tie, the right to choose a designation will be chosen by a draw.
Team A shall play Team B at A’s home park the day after the regular season. The winner of that game shall play at home the next day against Team C for the Division Championship.
4-way tie – if four clubs are tied for the division, the teams shall be designated Team A, B, C, and D per a draw.
Team B shall play Team A at Club A’s park and Team D shall play Team C at Club C’s park, all on the day after the regular season. The next day, the winners shall play a game at the home park of the winner of the A-B game for the Division Championship.
Division and Wild Card
– if three or more teams are tied with identical records and two or more of the clubs are from the same division, the Division Championship shall be determined first by tie-breaker. The remaining teams than proceed to the wild-card tie breaking procedure.
2-way tie – Play-in Game, site determined by coin flip
3-way tie – if the three clubs have identical records against one another, there shall be a draw to designate the teams as A, B, and C. If the teams do not have identical records against each other, the designation shall be made in the same fashion as the 3-way division designation.
Team A shall play Team B at A’s park on the day after the regular season. The following day, the winner shall play a home game against Club C for the Wild Card.
4-way tie – four clubs are tied for the Wild Card, the teams shall be designated Team A, B, C, and D per a draw.
Team B shall play Team A at Club A’s park and Team D shall play Team C at Club C’s park, all on the day after the regular season. The next day, the winners shall play a game at the home park of the winner of the A-B game for the Wild Card.
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