The GTHL has announced the tiering format that three divisions will follow this season. Each division containing 17 or more teams will follow a similar format with slight adjustments. The format has been introduced in order to ensure games remain competitive and fun for all teams involved.
Atom “AA” West
A single round robin of 17 games to start the season. This is a balanced schedule.
Tier 1 has 8 teams. A triple round robin will be played with 21 more games. In total, this group will play 38 games. Stage 2 will be balanced.
Tier 2 has 10 teams. A double round robin will take place adding 18 games, for a total of 35 games and a 36th game will be based on a random draw of opponents. In total, this group will play 36 games. Stage 2 will be unbalanced.
Minor Peewee “AA” West & Peewee “AA” West
A single round robin of 16 games to start the season. This is balanced.
Tier 1 has 8 teams. A triple round robin will be played with 21 more games. In total, this group will play 37 games. Stage 2 will be balanced.
Tier 2 has 9 teams. A double round robin would take place adding 16 games for a total to make it 32 games. Games 33 to 36 will be based on a random draw of opponents. In total, this group will play 36 games. Stage 2 will be unbalanced.
The top 4 teams in Tier 1 qualify for the playoffs.
A play-in round of one game playoffs will determine the remaining 4 playoff spots under this format.
Tier 1-5th place vs. Tier 2-4th place.
Tier 1-6th place vs. Tier 2-3rd place.
Tier 1-7th place vs. Tier 2-2nd place.
Tier 1-8th place vs. Tier 2-1st place.
- There is no extra cost for divisions playing more than 36 games.
- The one game tie-breaker for the last playoff spot would only apply if a tie for 4th place in Tier 2 occurs. All other positions will be determined by GTHL tie-breaker rules.
- The random draw of opponents will be in a lottery format to take place at the GTHL office.
- This schedule format and playoff format was presented to the GTHL members in February of 2017 and implemented for the 2017-2018 season.
- Points from stage 1 will carry into stage 2.
- A tie for 8th place after stage 1 would use tie-breaker formulas to determine the 8th position. The one-game play-off would only be used for breaking a tie for 1st place in Tier 1 and/or 4th place in Tier 2 after stage 2.