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Playoff Procedures

ABL PLAYOFFS ROUND ONE

No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed

ABL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

No. 1 seed vs. winner of Round One 2-3 series

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 against the highest placed Team during the ABL season that is not one of the tied Teams; or

(C) if the Teams remain tied, then to the tied Team with the higher winning percentage against the next-highest placed Team during the ABL season that is not one of the tied Teams; or

(D) if the Teams remain tied, then to the tied Team with the higher winning percentage against the next-highest placed Team during the ABL season that is not one of the tied Teams; 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 sole discretion.

(2) Three-Team Tie. If three 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 winning percentage in head-to-head competition among the three tied Clubs 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 Clubs during the ABL championship season, then the Team that would be deemed the higher-finishing Team in a two-Club 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 a higher winning percentage, then the two remaining tied Teams shall be separated, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1).

(ii) If the Teams remain tied, then the procedure described in Rule 13(c)(1) of considering the winning percentages of the tied Clubs over the next-highest placed teams through the end of the championship season, shall be continued until one Club emerges with a higher winning percentage. After one of the three tied teams has been deemed to have a higher winning percentage, 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 the procedure described in Rule 13(c)(1)(E) of considering the fewer runs allowed, divided by the number of innings playing in defence, in the games between the tied Teams only. After one of the three tied teams has been deemed to have a higher winning percentage, then the two remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1).

(iv) If the Teams remain tied, then to the Team that prevails in a 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 deemed to have lower rank, 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 winning percentage and/or lower winning percentage in head-to-head competition among the tied Clubs 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 two of the tied Teams have identical winning percentages in head-to-head competition among the remaining tied Clubs during the ABL championship season, then the Team that would be deemed the higher-finishing Team in a two-Club tie, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1), shall be deemed to be the higher-finishing Team.

(B) If the four or more 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 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 or more of the tied teams has been deemed to have either a higher winning percentage or a lower winning percentage, such teams are removed from the tied-team equation and then the remaining tied Teams shall be separated, according to the procedures of Rule 13(c)(1) in the case of two remaining tied teams and/or Rule 13(c)(2) in the case of three remaining tied teams.

(ii) If the Teams remain tied, then the procedure described in Rule 13(c)(1) of considering the winning percentages of the tied Clubs over the next-highest placed teams through the end of the championship season, shall be continued until one or more Clubs emerge with a higher winning percentage. After one or more of the three tied teams has been deemed to have a higher winning percentage or a lower winning percentage, 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) in the case of two remaining tied teams and/or Rule 13(c)(2) in the case of three remaining tied teams.

(iii) If the Teams remain tied, then the procedure described in Rule 13(c)(1)(E) of considering the fewer runs allowed, divided by the number of innings playing in defence, in the games between the tied Teams only. After one or more of the tied teams has been deemed to have a fewer runs scored or more runs scored, 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) in the case of two remaining tied teams and/or Rule 13(c)(2) in the case of three remaining tied teams.

(iv) If the Teams remain tied, then to the Team that prevails in a 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 deemed to have lower rank, then the remaining tied Teams shall be ranked, according to the full procedures of Rule 13(c)(1) in the case of two remaining tied teams and/or Rule 13(c)(2) in the case of three remaining tied teams.