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LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT FORMAT
This method gives every team the opportunity to play four qualifying games. Under this format, there are three distinct segments to the Little League Softball World Series. Once a segment is completed, games played previously have no bearing on the next segment, with the exception of rules and regulations regarding rest periods for pitchers.
First Segment: The pool play round--the ten teams are divided into two, five team pools: Pool A, & Pool B. Each team in Pool A will play the four other teams from within Pool A. Each team in Pool B will play the four other teams from Pool B. The two teams with the best record in each Pool will advance to the next round. If two teams cannot be determined using records in Pool play, a tie breaker system has been established. This system rewards defensive play.
Tie Breaker System:
If there is a tie between two teams with identical records, the tie breaker is the score of the game played between the two teams. (head-to-head result)
If there are two teams, and no clear victor can be determined through head-to-head competition, then the total number of defensive runs given up, divided by the number of innings played on defense, is computed for each team involved in the tie. The one team with the lowest "run differential" advances.
If the two teams are still tied, the number of defensive runs given up, divided by defensive innings played will be re-computed using just the teams involved in the tie.
If a three-or-more-team tie exists and one team has defeated all of the other teams tied through head-to-head competition, that team will advance.
If there are three or more teams tied, and no clear victor can be determined on head-to-head competition, then the total number of defensive runs given up, divided by the number of innings played on defense, is computed for each team involved in the tie. The one team with the lowest "run differential" advances.
If a three-or-more-team tie still exists, the number of defensive runs given up, divided by defensive innings played, will be re-computed using just the teams involved in the tie. However, if a two way tie exists after advancing a team, refer to two way tie above.
NOTE A: If a team only plays part of a half-inning on defense before the game is ended, that partial inning will count as a full half-inning for the purpose of computing run differential.
NOTE B: These tie-breaker guidelines will be used to determine seeding for the teams advancing to the semi-final round.
Second Segment: will be the Little League Softball World Series semi-final round. The second segment will consist of the two single elimination contests. The two teams that advance from each Pool, will compete in the semi-final round. The #1 seed in Pool A, will play the #2 seed in Pool B. The #1 seed in Pool B, will play the #2 seed in Pool A.
Third Segment: Regardless of the outcome of Pool play, the winners of the semi-final round will advance to the third and final segment of the World Series - The Little League Softball World Series Championship.
In 2007, we had a tie in Pool B that required we use the tie breaker
system described above. HERE ARE THE