Spring High School Mixed League


Event Type
Team League
Event Start
Event End
Contact

Playoff Policies

Post-Season Policy

DiscNW limits the teams that compete in bracket play in order to A) notify teams as early as possible of their game times and locations, B) simplify seeding and formats, and C) address growing field space concerns.  Visit the Playoff Schedule page for this year's schedules - final matchups will be set at the conclusion of the regular season.

Teams must be available to play both weekends of the playoffs to be eligible for playoffs.  We will make an effort to schedule consolation games for the teams that are only available one of the two weekends but post-season play is not guaranteed.   

 

 

Post-Season Format

Post-season play occurs in the two Saturdays following scheduled, regular season play. The top 8 teams from each pool (as determined by the seeding criteria) advance to the playoff brackets.

  • A standard 8 team playoff bracket and pairings (1v8, 2v7, etc.) will be the first option.
  • All playoff bracket teams will receive two scheduled games (at least one consolation game for quarterfinal losers) – more if field space allows.
  • For those teams not in the top 8 of the pool we do our best to ensure they will receive at least one consolation game – more if field space allows, but this is not guaranteed.

If there are fewer than 8 eligible teams in the pool, we will adopt a 6 team bracket.

  • A standard 6 team bracket and pairings will be used.
  • All playoff teams will receive two scheduled games (the semi-final losers will play a 3rd place game).
  • For those teams not in the top 6 of the pool we do our best to ensure they will receive at least one consolation game – more if field space allows, but this is not guaranteed.

If there are fewer than 6 eligible teams in the pool, we will adopt a 4 team bracket.

  • A standard 4 team bracket and pairings will be used.
  • All playoff teams will receive two scheduled games (the semi-final losers will play a 3rd place game).
  • For those teams not in the top 4 of the pool we do our best to ensure they will receive at least one consolation game – more if field space allows, but this is not guaranteed.

If there are fewer than 4 teams in a division, the League Coordinators will develop a custom post-season format.

In either case, teams may be moved up or down pools to complete brackets.  We may create small round robin pools to create post season play opportunities for teams that do not easily fit within brackets.

Post-Season Division Rules

As in the regular season, schools with a coed student body must provide a team for both genders in the post-season. Additional rules also apply:

  • Teams in Bracket Play 
    • Teams are eligible for bracket play only if they have completed at least 3 games in that division (coed, girls, or boys) during the regular season.
    • Teams that played a combined regular season schedule must select either coed or girls/boys for post-season play, regardless of the number of brackets for which they qualify. 
  • Teams Not in Bracket Play 
    • Teams may select any gender division for post-season consolation games, regardless of which one they played in during the regular season. 
    • Teams must state a gender division preference, since only one consolation game is guaranteed. However, they may be scheduled for consolation games in both divisions if additional opponents are needed.

Additional Post-Season Eligibility Rules

  • All teams must abide by all league rules during the season; failure to do so may result in that team’s exclusion from post-season play.
  • Particularly noteworthy, the two-forfeit rule is in effect. A team forfeiting two or more days of games is not eligible for post-season play.
  • In order to be eligible for post-season play, a team must report all of its game scores and Spirit scores promptly. Scores for the final week of regular season play must be reported no later than 11:59pm on the following Sunday.
  • Teams with a season Spirit average of less than 3 will not be allowed to participate in post-season play.

Seeding Criteria

The first seeding criterion will be pool record, based on winning percentage.

If it is a two-way tie, the following criteria will be considered in the order listed:

  1. Head to head in league play.
  2. Season Spirit of the Game average.
  3. Pool goal differential.
  4. Pull a name out of a hat.

If three (or more) teams are tied, the following criteria will be considered in the order listed:

  1. Record against teams involved in tie in league play.
  2. Goal differential in games played against tied teams in league play.
  3. Season Spirit of the Game average.
  4. Overall pool goal differential.
  5. Pull name(s) out of a hat.

Mission Statement