Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

Tie-Breaking Procedures - NACC Softball

Per NACC Softball Guidelines:
All games must be completed on or before the Monday prior to the conference tournament.
If a conference regular season doubleheader does not get completed prior, each team will receive one loss and one win to figure winning percentage for seeding purposes only. If a conference regular season single game does NOT get completed prior; each team will receive 0.5 loss and 0.5 win to figure winning percentage for seeding purposes only.

Tiebreaking Criteria to Determine Tournament Teams and Seeding

I. Two-Way Tie

  1. Regular season conference head-to-head results.
  2. Each team's record versus the team or tied teams occupying the highest position in the standings. Continue down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When comparing records against a single team or collective tied teams (before ties are broken), the following may apply:

a.       If the games played against the team or group are equal, winning percentage prevails.

b.       If the games played against the team or group are unequal, the following scenarios apply:

1)       Most wins do prevail only if the team with fewer wins could not equal that win total if they played the same number of games.

Two examples of many scenarios that do provide an advantage:
1. Team A 2-0                 2. Team A 3-0
    Team B 0-1                      Team B 1-1

2)       Most wins do not prevail if the team with fewer wins could equal or surpass the win total of the other team.

Three examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
1. Team A 1-1                 2. Team A 2-0                 3. Team A 1-0
    Team B 0-1                      Team B 1-0                      Team B 0-0

3)       Fewer losses do not prevail if the teams have the same number of wins and if the team with fewer games could equal or surpass the loss total of the other team.

Three examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
1. Team A 1-0                 2. Team A 0-1                 3. Team A 0-0
    Team B 1-1                      Team B 0-2                      Team B 0-1

  1. Head-to-head (regular season conference contests) runs scored to runs allowed, with the largest differential per game being 8 runs.
  2. Run differential (per game average) in all regular season conference contests.
  3. Coin Flip.

II. Multiple-Team Tie (3 or more teams)

  1. Teams are viewed as a “mini-conference” when comparing head-to-head results.
    A) The team with the best record (as determined by winning percentage, even if unequal games) versus the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage. If only two teams have the same best winning percentage in the mini-conference, the higher seed goes to the team winning the head-to-head series. If the two teams split their two games or didn't play, then proceed to criteria 2 under Two-Way ties. To seed the remaining team(s) in this mini-conference, proceed to step B below. If three or more (but not all) teams have the same best winning percentage in the original mini-conference, than those tied teams create a new mini-conference and follow the same procedures as at the beginning of this step (A). If all teams in the mini-conference have the same mini-conference record, proceed to criteria 2 below.

    B) After the top team in a mini-conference is determined, the next team is ranked by its record in the original mini-conference. If there are any remaining teams tied by their record in the mini-conference, then head-to-head results will determine the higher seed. If the teams split two games or didn't play, then proceed back to the two-way tie breaking procedure. If there are at least three teams remaining tied by their record in the mini-conference, they would then form a new mini-conference and follow the procedure again at the beginning of criteria 1 (Multiple-Team Tie).
  2. Each team's record versus the team or tied teams occupying the highest position in the standings. Continue down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

When comparing records against a single team or collective tied teams (before ties are broken), the following may apply:

  1.  
    1. The games played against the team or group are equal, winning percentage prevails.
    2. If the games played against the team or group are unequal, the following scenarios apply:

1)       Most wins do prevail only if the team(s) with fewer wins could not equal that win total if they played the same number of games.

One example of many scenarios that does provide an advantage:
1. Team A 2-0                 2. Team A 3-1
    Team B 1-1                      Team B 1-2
    Team C 0-1                      Team C 1-2

2)       Most wins do not prevail only if the team(s) with fewer wins could equal or surpass the win total of the other team.

Three examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
1. Team A 2-1                 2. Team A 1-2                 3. Team A 1-1
    Team B 1-1                      Team B 0-2                      Team B 0-1
    Team C 1-1                      Team C 0-2                      Team C 0-0

3)       Fewer losses do not prevail if the team(s) have the same number of wins, but the team with fewer games could equal or surpass the loss total of the other tied teams.

Three examples of many scenarios that do not provide an advantage:
1. Team A 2-0                 2. Team A 0-2                 3. Team A 0-0
Team B 2-1                          Team B 0-3                      Team B 0-1
Team C 2-1                          Team C 0-3                      Team C 0-2

  1. Head-to-head (mini-conference) run differential (per game average) in regular season conference contests with the largest differential per game being 8 runs.
  2. Run differential (per game average) in all regular season conference contests.
  3. Lottery (teams drawn out of a hat).