MAAC Baseball Tie-Breaker

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  August 13, 2016

If multiple teams are tied in the final regular season standings, the following tiebreaker shall be used to determine the higher seed and/or automatic qualifier for the MAAC Tournament.

Two-Way Tie

A. If there is/are a tie(s) for any place(s) in the standings, the winner of the regular season series between the tied teams will gain the advantage.

B. If the two teams did not play each other during the regular season or split their series, compare each team’s record against the highest seeded common opponent and continue in descending order until the tie is broken.

C. If the teams remain tied after Step B as a result of having the same record against all common opponents, then the team with the better RPI according to the most up-to-date NCAA RPI report will gain the advantage.

D. If the teams remain tied after Step C by virtue of having the same RPI, the tie will be broken by a coin flip by the commissioner (or designee).

Three or More Team Tiebreaker

A.    If three or more teams are tied for any place(s) in the standings, a “mini-conference” will be formed for the tiebreaking procedure. The team with the best won-loss record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage, provided that all teams within the mini-conference have played at least one game against the group. If two teams remain tied once the team with the advantage is extracted, revert to the two-way tiebreaking procedure. If more than two teams still remain tied, begin Step A again.

B.     If three or more teams remain tied and all of the tied teams in the “mini-conference” did not play each other, compare the teams’ records against the highest seeded common opponent and continue in descending order until the tie is broken. All tied teams within the “mini-conference” must have played the common opponent for the tie to be broken. If two teams remain tied once the team with the advantage is extracted, revert to the two-way tiebreaking procedure. If more than two teams still remain tied in this scenario, begin Step B again.

C.    If three or more teams remain tied after Step B as a result of none of the teams in the “mini-conference” collectively having a common opponent from the highest seeded team and continuing down in descending order to break the tie, then the team with the better RPI, according to the most up-to-date NCAA RPI report, will gain the advantage. If two teams remain tied once the team with the advantage is extracted, revert to the two-way tiebreaking procedure. If more than two teams still remain tied in this scenario, begin Step A again.

D.    If the teams remain tied after Step B by virtue of having the same RPI, the tie will be broken by a coin flip by the commissioner (or designee).

General Tiebreaking Rules

A.    For three or more team tiebreakers, once you extract the team with the advantage, begin the process from the start again.

B.     When comparing results for a tiebreaker, a win takes precedent over a tie, and a tie takes precedent over a loss.

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