Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference

Tie-Breaking Procedures - NACC Tennis

Tiebreaking Criteria to Determine Tournament Teams and Seeding
To be eligible for competition in the NACC team tournament, a conference team must have completed 80% of its conference schedule. Tournament seeding will be determined by the total number of conference wins a team has. In the case that teams have the same number of wins, the conference tiebreaking scenario will be utilized:

I. Two-Way Tie
  1. Regular season conference head-to-head results.
2. Each team's conference 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 contests played against the team or group are equal, winning percentage prevails.
b. If the contests 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 contests.

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 contests 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

  3. Head-to-head (regular season conference contests) team score differential.
  4. Team score differential (per dual match average) in all regular season conference contests.
  5. 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 contests) 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 contests 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 contests 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 conference 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. The contests played against the team or group are equal, winning percentage prevails.
b. If the contests 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 contests.

Two examples of many scenarios that do 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 contests 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

  3. Head-to-head (mini-conference) team score differential (per dual match average) in regular season conference contests.
  4. Team score differential (per dual match average) in all regular season conference contests.
  5. Lottery (teams drawn out of a hat).