RULES: CUSTOM LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFF SETTINGS

Updated: May 9, 2012, 6:38 PM ET

REGULAR SEASON AND PLAYOFFS OVERVIEW (Custom Leagues)

Playoffs are only available in Head-to-Head Scoring Leagues.The Regular Season and Playoff Settings page allows the League Manager to customize the regular season and playoff settings of the league.

To view your league's playoff settings go to the "League Settings" page . These settings were established by your League Creator during the pre-season and describe the basis for how your playoffs will work.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When customizing your Playoff Brackets, certain options will automatically be set based on your selections. The numbers below represent the Minimums and Maximums available for each category. Therefore, when creating your Playoff Brackets, you need to pay close attention to the options below when you make any changes. Any adjustment may impact the final results.


CUSTOM LEAGUE SEASON SETTINGS

DIVISIONS (1-4)
For most leagues the number listed is equivalent to the number of teams the system will award automatic playoff berths to. There are no Divisions for Rotisserie and Points-Based scoring leagues.

REGULAR SEASON LENGTH (18-26 Weeks)
Your playoffs begin the week following the number listed. The default setting is twenty (20).

PLAYOFF DURATION (0-4 Weeks)
This is the total number of weeks your league's playoffs will last. If you add Regular Season Weeks and Playoff Weeks together it will equal 24 weeks.

PLAYOFF TEAMS (2-16)
This number represents the number of teams the system places in the Winner's Bracket. All remaining teams are placed in the Consolation Ladder.

PLAYOFF ROUNDS (1-4)
This number represents the number of games which will need to be won in the Playoff Bracket in order to win the League Championship.

NOTE: Taking this number and dividing it by the "Playoff Weeks" will give you the length – in weeks – of each playoff matchup. The number will either be 1 or 2 weeks.

FIRST ROUND BYES (0-4)
The number of teams which have BYEs in the first-round in the Playoff Bracket.


CONVERSION TO PLAYOFF MODE

At this time the system looks at the Regular Season results, determines the league's playoff seeds (breaking ties if necessary – see below) and generates all the first-round playoffs matchups. When a league converts into playoff mode these two pages become available:
    1 – View Playoffs: Available from League Office this is the main Playoff page. It displays each round's matchup (and results) in both the Winner's Bracket and Consolation Ladder.

    2 – Edit Playoffs (League Managers only) Available from LM Tools this page allows your league manager to manually edit any matchup (and results) during the playoffs.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: This page is the master page for ALL edits to playoff matchups/results. ANY manual scoring adjustments (either before or during the playoffs) will NOT change where each team is placed in the playoffs. To this point, you should use the page if you want to set your own seeds or playoff game tiebreaker rules.

The system will automatically process the entire playoffs – based on the League Settings described above and specifics listed below – without your League Manager having to edit anything. However the League Manager has the ultimate power to edit each playoff matchup (and winner) by placing the any team whereever they want in the bracket. This said, each League Manager should carefully examine the View Playoffs page and use the Edit Playoffs page to make any necessary adjustments before the first-round of the playoffs begin.

The playoffs work with the same general League Rules and Scoring Settings used during the Regular Season.

NOTE: If your League Manager edits any league settings after the league converts into playoff mode, the changes will work retroactively for all previous weeks, including the Regular Season.

NOTE: During the playoffs, once your matchup ends, the scoring is final and no scoring corrections will be applied.


WINNER'S BRACKET AND CONSOLATION LADDER

All teams continue to compete throughout the duration of the playoffs. The playoffs are split into two parts: The Winner's Bracket and The Consolation Ladder.

NOTE: These parts are exclusive from each other. After each playoff round the system will not move a team from the Winner's Bracket into the Consolation Ladder (and vice-versa). However, as mentioned above, your League Manager has the option to manually place teams where ever they wish, so you could see a #5 seed in a four team winner's bracket (and the #4 seed in the Consolation Ladder).

WINNER'S BRACKET
The number of teams in the Winner's Bracket corresponds to the "Playoff Teams" setting. In most leagues the Division Winners will gain automatic entry into the Winner's Bracket. Any remaining Winner's Bracket slots are filled by Wild Card teams based on their seed (see below). Teams in the Winner's Bracket play head-to-head for either one or two weeks, with each matchup's winner advancing to the next round until a League Champion is determined. The losers of games in the Winner's Bracket play other losers of games in the Winner's Bracket until the end of the season.

The Winner's Bracket first-round matchups are based on the following pairing of seeds:

    Two (2) team bracket: 1v2
    Four (4) team bracket: 1v4, 2v3
    Eight (8) team bracket: 1v8, 2v7, 3v6, 4v5
    Sixteen (16) team bracket: 1v16, 2v15, 3v14, 4v13, 5v12, 6v11, 7v10, 8v9
NOTE: Any BYEs replace the seed starting with the highest number and work in ascending order. Example: Your league has 6 teams in an 8 team bracket. The two BYEs are assigned to seeds #7 and #8, thus the #1 and #2 seeds have first-round BYEs.

CONSOLATION LADDER
All remaining teams not in the Winner's Bracket teams are placed in the Consolation Ladder. Games in the Consolation Ladder are played Head-to-Head but work differently than the Winner's Bracket in that each game's winner moves "up", while the loser moves "down". Competing in the Consolation Ladder is a matter of pride - no team wants to finish in Last Place!

NOTE: The "top" team in the Consolation Ladder can not move "up" after the win. Likewise, the "bottom" team and can not move "down". Head-to-Head play continues for the duration of the playoffs.

The Consolation Ladder's first-round matchups pair the seeds in descending order.

EXAMPLE: (10 team league; 4 teams in Winner's Bracket):

    Consolation Ladder's First Round: 5v6, 7v8, 9v10
NOTE: If there are an odd number of teams in the Consolation Ladder the lowest team will have a BYE.


PLAYOFF SEEDING AND TIE-BREAKERS

When your league converts into playoff mode the system automatically generates a seed for each team in the league based on the regular season results. The seeds determine where the system places each team in the playoffs. The primary factors which determine seeds are:
    1. Division Winner(s)
    2. Winning Percentage
In the event that two or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the Regular Season, and have played the same number of Head-to-Head games between them, the following tie-breaking system determines the seed:

1 - Overall record *
2 - Head-to-head record
3 - Overall points (H2H Points Leagues Only)
4 - Division record
5 - Overall points-against (H2H Points Leagues Only)
6 - Coin Flip
    * NOTE: Overall record is based on winning percentage. Therefore, a team that has more losses than another team might have the same winning percentage.

In the event that two or more teams have the same winning percentage at the conclusion of the Regular Season, and have not played the same number of Head-to-Head games between them, the following tie-breaking system determines seed:

1 - Overall record
2 - Overall points (H2H Points Leagues Only)
3 - Division record
4 - Overall points-against (H2H Points Leagues Only)
5 - Coin Flip

NOTE: If your league's rules do not agree with the system tiebreaker rules described above the playoff seeds can easily be changed by the League Manager. To edit the playoff seeds/bracket simply go to the Playoff Matchups page and click on the "Edit" link.


TIE-BREAKER FOR PLAYOFF GAMES

The system does not observe your league's Regular Season tiebreaker rule during the playoffs. Rather, in the event that two teams have the same number of points at the conclusion of their playoff game, the system tiebreaker awards the win to the higher seeded team.

NOTE: As with everything in the playoffs, the League Manager has the ultimate say on which teams advance using the "Edit Playoffs" page. Each Custom league can establish their own tiebreaker system with the League Manager advancing the team which wins it. If your league uses its own playoff tiebreakers, we highly recommend pre-defining them and posting them prominently on the League Office page at the beginning of the season.