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Playoff Procedures

ABL SEEDINGS

Seed #1 - division winner with best record
Seed #2 - division winner with second-best record
Seed #3 - division runner-up with best record
Seed #4 - division runner-up with second-best record
Seed #5 - team with next-best record

ABL SEMIFINAL 1

Seed #1 vs. winner Wildcard Game (best-of-three series at seed #1)

ABL SEMIFINAL 2

Seed #2 vs. Seed #3 (best-of-three series at seed #2)

ABL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Winner of Semi-final 1 vs. winner of Semi-final 2.
The ABLCS will be a best-of-three home-and-away series.
The highest competing seed will have the choice of hosting game one or two and three (if required)


Tie-breaking procedures

In the event that two or more Teams finish the championship season with identical winning percentages, the ABL shall determine the seeding of the Teams, for purposes of Rule 13.B (Post-Season Series) according to this Rule 13.C. The ABL may determine the procedures to break any ties that are not otherwise provided for in this Rule 13.C.

(1) Two-Team Tie. If two Teams are tied with an identical winning percentage at the conclusion of the ABL season, including all rescheduled games, the ABL shall deem as the Team with the higher winning percentage, for purposes of determining qualification for a post-season series or scheduling within a post-season series, as follows:

(A) to the tied Team with the higher winning percentage in head-to-head competition between the two tied Teams during the ABL championship season; or,

(B) if the Teams remain tied, then to the tied Team with the higher winning percentage only in the games each team played against teams within its own division; or

(C) if the Teams remain tied, then to the tied Team with the higher winning percentage only in the games each team played against teams within the opposing division; or,

(D) if the Teams remain tied then the Tied Team with the higher winning percentage against the Team with the highest overall winning percentage that is not one of the tied teams. If the Teams remain tied, this process will continue in descending order against each of the teams with the next highest winning percentages that is not one of the tied teams, until the tie is broken; or,

(E) if the Teams remain tied, then to the tied Team that allowed fewer runs, divided by the number of innings playing in defence, in the games between the tied Teams only; or

(F) if the Teams remain tied, then to the Team that prevails in a coin flip that the ABL conducts, with all procedural aspects of the coin flip determined by the ABL in its absolute discretion.

(2) Three-Team Tie. If three (3) Teams are tied for a place in the standings with an identical winning percentage at the conclusion of the ABL season, including all rescheduled games, the ABL shall deem as the Team with the higher winning percentage, for purposes of determining qualification for the Post-Season series or scheduling within the Postseason series, as follows:

(A) The Team with the higher winning percentage in head to-head competition among the three tied Teams during the ABL championship season shall be deemed to be the Team with the higher winning percentage. If any two of the tied Teams have identical winning percentages in head-to-head competition among the three tied Teams during the ABL championship season, then the Team that would be deemed the higher-finishing Team in a Two-Team tie, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1), shall be deemed to be the higher-finishing Team.

(B) If the three tied Teams have identical records against one another in the ABL championship season, then:

i. the Team that is deemed to have finished higher in the standings shall be the Team among the three tied Teams with the higher winning percentage against the highest placed Team during the ABL season that is not one of the tied Teams. After one of the three tied teams has been deemed to have either a higher winning percentage or a lower winning percentage, that team is removed from the tied-team equation and then the two remaining tied Teams shall be separated, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1).

ii. If the Teams remain tied, the procedures described in Rule 13(c)(1)(B) through Rule 13(c)(1)(E), shall be continued until one Team has been separated from the remaining Teams. After one of tied teams has been separated, that team is removed from the tied-team equation and then the two remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1).

iii. If the Teams remain tied, then to the Team that prevails in a random draw that the ABL conducts, with all procedural aspects of the draw determined by the ABL in its sole discretion. The draw shall be used only to determine the lowest ranked team amongst the three tied teams. After one of the three tied teams has been removed, then the two remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1).

(3) Four-Team Tie (or more). If four (or more) Teams are tied for a place in the standings with an identical winning percentage at the conclusion of the ABL season, including all rescheduled games, the ABL shall deem as the Team with the higher winning percentage, for purposes of determining qualification for the championship series or scheduling within the championship series, as follows:

(A) The Team with the higher/lower winning percentage in head-to-head competition among the tied Teams during the ABL championship season shall be deemed to be the Team with the higher winning percentage or lower winning percentage respectively. Such teams shall be removed from further tied-team equations. If any of the remaining tied Teams have identical winning percentages in head-to-head competition among the other remaining tied-Teams, then the then the remaining tied Teams shall be separated, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1) (two remaining tied teams) or Rule 13(c)(2) (three remaining tied teams).

(B) If the four or more tied Teams have identical records against one another in the ABL championship season, then the procedures described in Rule 13(c)(1)(B) though Rule 13(c)(1)(E), shall be applied to all four tied-Teams and continued until one (or more) Team has been separated from the remaining Teams. After one or more of the four tied teams has been separated, such teams are removed from the tied team equation and then the remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1) (two remaining tied-teams) or Rule 13(c)(2) (three remaining tied teams).

(C) If the Teams remain tied, then to the Team that prevails in a random draw that the ABL conducts, with all procedural aspects of the draw determined by the ABL in its sole discretion. The draw shall be used only to determine the lowest ranked team amongst the tied teams. After one of the tied teams has been removed, then the remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1) (two remaining tied-teams) or Rule 13(c)(2) (three remaining tied teams.)