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Arizona High School Playoffs 2017

 

Format

For the sake of this document, a “higher seed” is the team whose position is considered better than another.  So, the best team is the #1 seed and is considered the “highest” seed.  

 

Division I

  • Eight teams will make the playoffs in a standard elimination bracket where #1 Plays #8, #2 plays #7, #3 plays #6 and #4 plays #5.

  • The first round and semifinals will be hosted by the higher seeds. If appropriate fields are not available to the higher seed, the league will choose a suitable venue at its sole discretion. This includes the lower seed hosting.

  • The quarterfinals will be scheduled Tuesday, April 25 if possible, or Monday/Wednesday if necessary.

  • The semifinals will be scheduled for Friday, April 28 or Saturday, April 29.  If travel between Phoenix and Tucson is required, the game should be played on Saturday if at all possible.

  • The finals are at Arcadia HS on Friday, May 5th.

 

Division II Tournament

 

  • The tournament will consist of 4 teams, based on the final seedings.

  • Four teams will make up the bracket in a standard elimination bracket where #4 plays #1 and #3 plays #2.

  • Home team is the higher seed and will have the first choice of hosting or finding a place to host. If they cannot do either, the visiting team will have have the choice.

  • The Semi-final games will be played on either Friday, April 28th or Saturday, April 29th.

  • The Championship game will be played prior to the Div 1 Championship game on Fri May 5th at Arcadia High School . Game time tbd.

 

Determination of Seeds

 

Division I

 

In Division I, all teams will have played each other exactly once.  

 

Teams will be ranked by overall winning percentage against other ALL Division I teams.  Games against Division II teams and non-conference or out-of-state opponents have no bearing on the playoff seeding

 

In the case of two or more tied teams, the following criteria will be used:

 

  1. Head-to-head record between tied teams

  2. Total wins by defeated teams

  3. Goal differential against tied teams

  4. Most recent victory against tied teams

  5. Coin Toss

 

When a tie involves more than two teams and one criterion differentiates one or more subsets of the tied teams, the tie-breaker procedure will begin again from the beginning with the new subset(s).

 

For example, assume:

  • Teams A, B, C and D have the same overall record and are tied for 5th place.  

  • Teams A and B have a 2-1 head-to-head record against the tied teams.  

  • Teams C and D have a 1-2 head-to-head record against the tied teams.

 

In the above case:

  • Teams A and B will begin a new tie-breaker to determine 5th and 6th place beginning with the first criterion.  

  • Teams C and D will begin a new tie-breaker to determine 7th and 8th place beginning with the first criterion.

  • Teams C and D cannot finish with a higher seed than Teams A and B.

 

Division II Postseason-Tournament and Crossover games

 

Only games against ALL Division II teams will be considered.  Games against ALL Division I teams and non-conference or out-of-state opponents are not considered.


 

Tie-breaking Procedure:

  1. Head-to-head record between tied teams

  2. Committee determination