Volleyball Tiebreaker Policy

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  October 02, 2007

Section 17.4 Volleyball Tie-Breaker

Two-Way Tie

A.  If there is a tie(s) for any place(s) in the standings, then the results of the in-season head-to-head competition shall be used to break that tie. If the tied teams split the in-season head-to-head competition, proceed to B below.

B.  The next step is to compare the total number of games (within a match) won in the head-to-head matches between the teams involved in the two-way tie. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of games won. The team with the most games won is seeded highest. If both teams in the two-way tie remain tied, proceed to C.

C.  The next step is to compare the point differential in matches between the tied teams. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of point differential. The team with the best point differential is seeded highest. If both teams in the two-way tie remain tied, proceed to D.

D.   The next step in breaking a two-way tie is each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the league, continuing down through the division standings until one team gains an advantage. For steps D-F, when arriving at a group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedure). If the teams in the two-way tie remain tied, proceed to E.

E.  The next step is to compare the number of games (within a match) won against all conference teams. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of games won. The team with the most games won is seeded highest. If both teams in the two-way tie remain tied, proceed to F.

F.  The next step is to compare the point differential in all conference matches. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of point differential. The team with the best point differential is seeded highest. If both teams in the two-way tie remain tied, proceed to General Tie Breaking rules.

Multiple-Team Tie (3 or more teams)

A. For either single or multiple round-robin sports, three or more teams tied are viewed as a “mini-conference” when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage. If all the teams in the mini-conference have the same mini-conference record, proceed to B below. If two or more teams, but not all, have the same best record in the mini-conference, only those specific teams advance to the next tiebreaker step.

After the top team(s) in a mini-conference is determined, the next team is ranked by its record in the original mini-conference. If there are two remaining teams tied by their record in the mini-conference, then head-to-head results will determine the higher seed. If the teams split their games then proceed to B below. If there are three or more teams remaining tied by their record in the mini-conference, they would then form a new mini-conference and follow the procedure again starting at A.

B.  The next step is to compare the number of games (within a match) won against the tied teams. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of games won. The team with the most games won is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to C. If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those that are still tied teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed within the mini conference.

C.  The next step is to compare the point differential in matches against the tied teams. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of point differential. The team with the best point differential is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to D. If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams that are still tied start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed.

D.  The next step in breaking all or part of a mini-conference tie is each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the league, continuing down through the division standings until one team gains an advantage. For steps D-F, when arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tie-breaking procedure). If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to E. If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those tied teams start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed within the mini-conference.

E.  The next step is to compare the number of games (within a match) won against all conference teams. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of game won. The team with the most games won is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to F. If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams that are still tied start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed.

F.  The next step is to compare the point differential in all conference matches. The tied teams shall be seeded in order of point differential. The team with the best point differential is seeded highest. If all teams in the mini-conference remain tied, proceed to General Tie Breaking Rules. If some, but not all of the teams remain tied, then those teams that are still tied start the tie-breaking process over to determine their seed.

General Tie Breaking rules

A. When comparing scores for a tiebreaker, a win takes precedent over a tie, and a tie takes precedent over a loss.

B. If ties still exist after step F, then the Commissioner or his designee shall use a coin toss to break the tie.

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