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Team Seeding Procedure

Each Conference team shall be seeded according to its dual match win/loss record

With the implementation of the clinch/clinch format to shorten matches, full match records are no longer available to break ties in seeding for the championship. The below tie-breaker procedure, that is used in other Conference team sports, will be implemented:
  • When only two teams are tied, head-to-head competition will break the tie and determine the higher seed.

  • When ties involve more than two teams:
    • Results from the collective head-to-head competition during the regular season among the tied teams in a "mini round-robin" format, ranking the tied teams by winning percentage from highest to lowest will be used to determine the seeds.

    • If during this process two teams remain tied with the same winning percentage, the two-team tiebreaking system is used, starting with head-to-head results.

    • If during this process more than two teams remain tied with the same winning percentage, a second mini round-robin format is implemented, ranking the remaining tied teams by winning percentage from highest to lowest to determine seeds. If the teams remain tied, then the two-team tiebreaking system is used, starting with head-to-head results.

      • If more than two teams are still tied, each of the tied team's record versus the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings, eliminating tied teams with inferior records 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 that group's own tiebreaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.

      • Draw. In the event tiebreaking procedures are unsuccessful and a draw is necessary in determining any portion of seeding, the following procedure will be used:
        • The draw will be conducted in public or with media attendance.

        • Institutions involved in the drawing have the right to have a local representative in attendance at the drawing;

        • A single slip of paper for each institution (with name or logo) will be placed into a container and will be drawn in order of seeding from highest to lowest. (Updated 2014-15)
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