Tiebreaker Policy

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  June 13, 2005
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 17.1 - Baseball, Basketball, Men's Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis

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.

B. In more than single round robin sports, if two teams split their in-season games, then the committee shall use the best record against highest seeded remaining teams in descending order as the tiebreaker.

 

  • 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).
  • 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 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.

  • 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).
  • 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, then the Commissioner or his designee shall use a coin toss to break the tie.

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