4-Person team Divisional Playoffs
The first, second, third, and fourth place finishers in the regular season will compete in the divisional playoffs over a two week format as scheduled by the Executive Board. During the first week of Divisional playoffs the first place team will play the fourth place team at the first place team's bar, and the second place team will play the third place team at the second place team's bar. The winners of each match will advance to week two of divisional playoffs. Each winning team must call the league recorder to report their victory. Week two's match will be played at the home bar of the higher seed of the two advancing teams. The MVDO web site, along with a special recording on the league recorder will indicate where week two's playoff match will be held. In all cases, the home team will be the team with the higher finish during the regular season. The team winning week two's match will report their victory to the league recorder and then advance to the City Playoffs. In the event the winning divisional playoff team knows in advance that they cannot represent their division in the City Playoffs, it is the responsibility of the captain to inform the losing team that they will represent the division in the City Playoffs in their place. The captain must also report this to the league. This is to afford penalty (rule Section 6.m) for forfeiting in the city playoffs.
In the event of ties, the head-to-head match record of the two teams during the season will determine the higher placed team. If the two teams played only twice and split the matches 1-1 then then next tie-breaker is total games head-to-head. In the event that two teams are still tied, the next tie-breaker will be most team game wins. (Note: for Doubles Divisions there are no team games so this tie-breaker will not be used in Doubles Division, you will move on to the next tie-breaker.) If still tied then the next tie-breaker will be total singles matches won. If the teams are still tied, the the MVDO Board will arrange a special match to determine the tie-break winner.
The home pubs of the first and second place teams within the division will be the host of week one of the divisional playoffs. The higher seed of the two advancing teams based on regular season finish will host week two of the playoffs. Playoff bars must have 2 boards per playoff match available to be eligible to host the playoffs. If there is room, the bar may ask the MVDO Board to bring in portable standards to accomodate the playoff matches. In the event this is not possible due to conflicts or facilities, the match will be played at the lower seed's bar with the higher seed still retaining Home team status. In the event this bar is also unavailable, the Executive Board will award another pub the playoffs. The Board should offer the playoffs to another sponsoring pub in the division in question in order of teams finish within the division. If all sponsoring pubs in a division are unwilling or unable to host the playoffs, the Board will choose a facility.
All Doubles Divisional Playoffs
The first, second, third, and fourth place finishers in the regular season will compete in the divisional playoffs as scheduled by the Executive Board. The Divisional playoffs will be played in one week with the first place team hosting the matches. All four playoff teams will arrive at the first place team's home bar at 7:00 PM. The first place team will play the fourth place team and the second place team will play the third place team. The winners of each match will then play each other to determine the divisional playoff winner. The team winning the match will report their victory to the league recorder and then advance to the City Playoffs. In the event the winning divisional playoff team knows in advance that they cannot represent their division in the City Playoffs, it is the responsibility of the captain to inform the losing team that they will represent the division in the City Playoffs in their place. The captain must also report this to the league. This is to afford penalty (rule Section 6.m) for forfeiting in the city playoffs. (For tie-breaker rules see Rule 10.b)
City Playoffs for all Doubles leagues - Tuesday Open, Thursday Cricket and Thursday Mixed - will be on the Tuesday or Thursday, respectively, following the Divisional Playoffs.
The City Playoffs will consist of the winners of the divisional playoffs in the team leagues, date and place to be determined by the Board. If two teams compete who used different formats during the regular season, the format of the match will be that of the lower-ranked team. The home team will be determined by the toss of a coin. The bracketing within divisions, A/B/C, will be determined by "Luck of the Draw". In general, the 4-person B and C playoffs will be run on a Saturday following the season. The "B" and "C" City Champions will then move on the play any "A" City Playoff teams for the Overall 4-Person City Championship. This match or matches will be held on either the Monday or Wednesday following the Saturday playoffs. The night will be determined by which night had more registered teams. The location of the match is up to the MVDO Board.
No playoffs shall begin until all protests dealing with regular season play have been heard and appropriate action taken.
If a player or players are members of different teams that are both involved in City Playoffs, those players must select which team they will play for before the competition begins. Bouncing back-and-forth from losing to winning teams will not be allowed during playoffs.
The league will maintain an ordered list of taverns qualified to host Doubles City Playoffs as well as a list of taverns qualified to host the Four Person Team City Playoffs. Taverns qualified to host either City Playoffs will have food service available and a minimum of three (3) MVDO teams registered in the current season. In addition, taverns must have a minimum of four (4) boards properly installed (attached to a building wall or partition) for Doubles City Playoffs and eight (8) boards installed to qualify for Four Person City Playoffs. These eligibility requirements must be met prior to the beginning of the season in question. Any tavern failing to qualify will be dropped from the list and any tavern qualifying to be added to either list will be added to the bottom of the list. Both Doubles and Four Person City Playoffs will be offered to the tavern at the top of the appropriate list. Each tavern hosting a City Playoff or declining the offer will be moved to the bottom of the list.
To be eligible for divisional or city playoffs, a player must have competed in at least 25% of the doubles or singles matches as shown in the standings. 4-person team game participation cannot be used in computing a players eligibility - doubles and singles matches only.