MAAC Water Polo Tiebreaker Policy

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  April 21, 2008

ARTICLE XVIII - MAAC ALL TEAM SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS TIEBREAKER
Seedings for tournaments shall be based on the order of finish in the standings. Men's and women's soccer employs a sport-specific tiebreaker, which is outlined in the sport administrative agreements.

Section 17.6 Water Polo Tie-Breaker (adopted 8.1.07)

Tie Breaker System - All Situations
If two teams are tied using the tie breaker system below and they have played each other, the head-to-head competition is used to determine ranking.

Tie Breaker System - Two Teams
If the won/loss records of two teams are the same, the team that won in their head-to-head competition is the higher seed. If these teams each beat one another, the goal differential in their games is used to break the tie. If the goal differential in their contests against one another is the same, the total of goals scored against each other is used. If the total of goals scored between the teams is equal, the differential for all common opponents seeded higher is used. If no common opponents are seeded higher, the goal differential against the highest seeded common opponent is used.

Tie Breaker System - Three or More Teams (for seeding championships)
If more than two teams are tied in won/loss records, goal differentials among the teams tied serves as the tiebreaker. If the goal differential in their contests against one another is the same, the total of goals scored against each other is used. If the total of goals scored between the teams is equal, the goal differential between common opponents seeded higher will be used to determine ranking. This may require averaging the goal differential per game if the number of games between common opponents is unequal. Should teams be tied in won/loss record and they have not played each other, goal differentials against common opponents that are seeded above them are used. If no common opponents are seeded higher, the goal differential against the highest seeded common opponent is used.

Tie Breaker System-Three or More Teams (for advancement w/in championships)
If more than two teams are tied in won/loss records, goal differentials among the teams tied serves as the tiebreaker. If the goal differential in their contests against one another is the same, the total of goals scored against each other is used. If the total of goals scored between the teams is equal, their original seeding will serve as the tiebreaker. If the totals are tied at any time between two of the three teams, the tie is broken by their head-to-head result.

Goal Differential
Goal differential is a term used to describe the difference between goals scored against an opponent and the number of goals scored by an opponent against a particular team.

If ties still exist, the Commissioner or his designee shall use a coin toss to break the tie.

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