Tie-Breaking Procedure


Mar. 15, 2019


H.03     Tie Breaking Procedure is as follows:

As per SHA Regulation 3.08.01 the following criteria shall be used to determine team standings in the event of a tie at the conclusion of the regular season:

 Two teams Tied

  • Best win record in games played between tied teams
  • If still tied, the team with the best win record
  • If still tied the team with the best goal average in all games would qualify. The goal average of a team is determined by dividing the total number of goals for by the total number of goals for and against. Example: Total goals for = 10, total goals against = 4, percentage = 10/14 = .714.  Note that a maximum of 7-goal difference per game will be used in the calculation of the game ratio.  This will be calculated from the actual “goals for” of the losing team in the particular game.
  • If still tied, the team with the least number of minutes in penalties in all games
  • If still tied, the team to qualify would be the team which scored the earliest goal in the game(s) between the tied teams.
  • If still tied after all previous methods have been applied, the winner will be decided by a single toss of a coin.

 Three or more teams tied

NOTE:  This tiebreaker is used to determine the seeding of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

  • Best win record in games played between tied teams. Note teams must have played same number of games against each other
  • Most wins in all games
  • If still tied, the team with the best goal average in all games would qualify. The goal average of a team is determined by dividing the total number of goals for by the total number of goals for and against. Example: Total goals for = 10, total goals against = 4, percentage = 10/14 = .714.  Note that a maximum of 7-goal difference per game will be used in the calculation of the game ratio.  This will be calculated from the actual “goals for” of the losing team in the particular game.
  • If still tied the team with the fewest goals against in all the games played
  • If still tied, the team with the most goals for in all the games played
  • If still tied, the team with the least number of minutes in penalties in all games played
  • If still tied, the team with the least number of minutes in penalties in all games
  • If still tied, after all previous methods have been applied, the winner will be decided by a single toss of a coin. In a three coin toss, the odd team gains the highest position.

 NOTE: Once a step in the three or more team tiebreaker establishes a ranking of a team(s), they assume that position and the remaining teams go to the next step.  They do not go back to the “Two Team Tiebreaker”

NOTE: In all games that are forfeited by one team, the score will be declared a 5-0 victory for the non-forfeiting team.

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