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Tiered Schedule Format Released
Erin Riley

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 

18 teams

Stage 1
A single round robin of 17 games to start the season.  This is a balanced schedule.

Stage 2
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

17 teams

Stage 1
A single round robin of 16 games to start the season. This is balanced.

Stage 2
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.

Play-In Round

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.

Notes:

  • 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.
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