Conference Tiebreakers

I reached out to the four West Region conferences for their tie-breaking sequence. I figured it would be good to have it posted since I forget easily and I’m sure at some point in the future it will come up.

ASC

TWO-WAY TIES: In the event of a two-way tie, the seed positions are determined by:

a. Record against each other.
b. Record against each Conference opponent in descending order starting with the highest seeded team.
c. Point Differential between tied teams (maximum capped).
d. Point Differential (maximum capped) against each team within the Conference in descending order.
e. Coin toss by the Commissioner to determine the highest seeded team(s).

MULTIPLE TIES: In the event of a tie with three or more teams, the seed positions are determined by the following formula. When a team has been seeded, the remaining teams are placed at the beginning of the appropriate formula for “Multiple Ties” or “Two-Way Ties” until all ties have been broken.

1. Collective win-loss record against other tied teams.
2. Record against each Conference opponent in descending order starting with the highest seeded team.
3. Collective Point-Run-Goal Differential between tied teams (maximum capped).
4. Point-Run-Goal Differential (maximum capped) against each team within the Conference in descending order.
5. Coin toss by the Commissioner to determine the highest seeded team(s).

NW Conference

In case of a tie in the regular-season Conference standing affecting post-season advancement, ties shall be broken in the following manner:

1.  Head-to-Head match record (NWC matches only)
2.  Head-to-Head game record, win/loss record, between tied teams (MWC matches only)
3. Record against NWC opponents in descending order of finish
4. Head-to-Head game winning percentage for all NWC matches in descending order of finish.
5. Number draw conducted by Athletics Directors

SCAC

To determine seeding for the conference tournament, the following tiebreaker criteria will be used:

Two-Team Tie

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
2. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

Multiple-Team Tie

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
2. If the remaining teams are still tied, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.
3. If the tie cannot be broken, the game differential (total) in the two games played by the tied teams will be used.
4. The game score differential vs. the remaining teams in the standings will be used until a differential is achieved.
5. The total match point differential in the two matches played by the tied teams will be used to break the tie.
6. A coin toss by the commissioner will be used if the tie cannot be broken after the tie-breakers listed above have been used.

*NOTE* – The SCAC is seriously serious about tie-breakers! The above was pared down from 4 pages. The pages include multiple examples. SCAC, you have my insane respect!

SCIAC

Two Way Tie

1. Head-to-head
2. Set record
3. Point differential (points for/points against)
4. Comparison of results against the conference teams in rank order
5. Coin flip

Three Way Tie

1. Best match record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head)
2. Best set record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head)
3. Comparison of results of conference matches played against the top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot)
4. Comparison of results of conference matches played against conference teams in rank order.
5. Coin flip policy

If the tie is broken between the three teams, the two remaining teams revert to the head to head tiebreaker.

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