TIE BREAKERS: All seedings are based on regular season records.
1) Total points if total games played are equal (2 for a win, 1 for a tie, -1 for a forfeit or penalty).
2) Winning % if total games played are not equal (ties count as ½ win & ½ loss, forfeits & penalties count as ½ loss).
3) Head to head Win-Loss.
4) Head to head Win-Loss within (3 or more teams).
5) Runs allowed head to head.
6) Runs allowed head to head within group of teams if same amount of games played by all teams versus another (3 or more teams).
7) Total runs allowed.
8) Coin flip.
PLAYOFF FORMAT & DATES: ALL seedings are based on the final regular season standings and adjusting after each round (highest remaining seed based on regular season standing is home team for championship). All dates subject to change.
Updated 5/2/2018....dates can change due to weather or field availability.
Saturday National Division: 21 game balanced regular season schedule - Top 4 teams play in a single elimination playoff. Semi-finals (9/15): #4 @ #1 / #3 @ #2 Championship (9/22): #2 @ #1
Sunday American 30+ Division: 20 game balanced regular season schedule - Top 4 teams play in a single elimination playoff. Semi-finals (8/26): #4 @ #1 / #3 @ #2 Championship (9/9): #2 @ #1
Sunday Federal 35+ Division: 18 game balanced regular season schedule - Top 8 teams play in a single elimination playoff.
Round 1 (8/12): #8 @ #1 / #7 @ #2 / #6 @ #3 / #5 @ #4 (#10 @ #9 consolation game) Semi-finals (8/19): #4 @ #1 / #3 @ #2 Championship (8/26): #2 @ #1
Sunday Continental 35+ Division: 20 game balanced regular season schedule - Top 4 teams play in a single elimination playoff.
Semi-finals (8/26): #4 @ #1 / #3 @ #2 Championship (9/9): #2 @ #1
All playoff dates are subject to change (weather related), venues to be determined.
Teams provide baseballs (if out, contact Dave Becker) and pay for umpires for all playoff games other than Championship games.
Los Angeles Baseball League provides baseballs and pays umpires for all Championship games.
PLEASE NOTE: In order to be rostered for playoffs, a player MUST have played in a minimum of 1/2 of his team's games, or be an approved pool player (conditional or regular). See below for complete eligibility rules.
PLAYOFF FORMAT & DATES: All seedings are based on final regular season standings, and adjust (reseed) after each round. All dates subject to change.
9. PLAYOFF ELIGIBILITY RULES
A. Games needed: A player must play in ½ of his team's games (the lower number if an odd number of games played….ex: in a 21 game season a player must play in 10 games) to qualify for playoffs with that team. Rule 4H defines a "Game Played".
B. Waivers: Unlike previous seasons, there will be no medical or special circumstances playoff waivers.
C. Conditional pool player: If the manager does not have enough eligible players for a playoff game, then he should first ask the league president for “conditional pool player” status for players that have played with the team during the season, but did not qualify with enough games played. These “conditional pool players”* must be approved by the league president and adhere to all other playoff pool player rules, i.e. the team does not have enough qualified rostered players available, pool players may not pitch, must bat last, etc).
D. Game pool players: Important - unlike the regular season (in which a pool player may be up to the 11th player), playoff pool players may be used ONLY up to, and including the 10th player. EXCEPTIONS: A conditional pool player may be the 11th player used under either of the following conditions: 1) If a qualified rostered player can only bat (and not play defense) due to injury, then a conditional pool player may play in the field, but NOT bat, OR, 2) If a qualified rostered player is a pitcher that normally does not bat (a player that is primarily a pitcher and has no more than a total of 1 plate appearance on average per his games played) during the regular season, a conditional pool player may bat, but NOT play in the field until that pitcher is removed from the game and that pitcher does not play in the field. 3) Should a regular member of your roster show up after the game has begun, you must insert that player into the batting lineup (add to the bottom), but you may keep the pool player in the game if so desired. 4) Should a playoff-rostered player need to leave the game due to bona fide injury, need to leave the game early for a bona fide reason announced by his manager at the pre-game meeting with the umpires, or need to leave the game early due to a family emergency or other unforeseen occurrence, a pool player may enter the game as the substitute for the departing player. A maximum of two  reserve pool players may be on any playoff game day roster. They can only be used as a substitute for injured or departing player(s) and must, if they are going to bat, bat at the bottom of the batting order. When the departed player's position in the order is reached, it shall be skipped without penalty. Furthermore, these reserve players must be conditional pool players and, therefore, must be the first available non-qualified player(s) on a team roster with the most regular season games played. Should no conditional pool players be available, then a regular pool player may be used in this capacity. And remember, all conditional or regular pool players must be approved before the game by the league president, Dave Becker.
E. CPP Criteria: Players on a team's regular season roster, but who have not qualified, may be considered conditional pool players, so long as the following is adhered to and the manager obtains the approval of the league president prior to the start of the game in question. If for example a manager only has 7 players confirmed, his first conditional pool player would be the player on his roster with the most games played [but, less than half the team's total], and the second and final conditional pool player would be the player with the second-most games played. If either or both of these players are not available for the game in question [for reasons the manager should be prepared to share with the league president, then the manager selects the player(s) with the next most games played, and so on.
F. Pool players: If, after exhausting the methods above, a manager still cannot field a 9 player team, then he may access the general pool player list, subject to restrictions published in the Los Angeles Baseball League rules (player may not come from the same division, etc.).
G. Approval: Any manager needing additional players and who must access the general pool player list, must obtain written approval from the league president as to which player(s) he intends to use from the List. Overall: The purpose of using pool players is to prevent forfeits and to prevent further injury, NOT to obtain a competitive advantage. Should the use of pool players be deemed by the league as an attempt to obtain a competitive advantage, your team will be subject to forfeiture of that game. Remember: All pool players, conditional as first choice / regular pool as second choice must be approved for play by league president Dave Becker.