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Playoff Format 2018-19 Season

B American levels and other levels with 10 or less teams:

Squirt AA – 9 teams

Squirt A National– 7 teams

Squirt B American – 10 teams

Pee Wee B American – 12 teams

Bantam B American – 6 teams

Midget 18 A American – 9 teams

Use the format – 1vs4, 2vs3, winner vs winner

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Levels with 11-14 teams – 4 team format:

18 AA – 9 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs) (this level goes to Nationals so must play 4 team format)

Midget 18A National– 14 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Midget 16A National– 13 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Pee Wee AA – 10 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)  (this level goes to Districts so must play 4 team format)

Pee Wee A National – 12 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Pee Wee B National– 12 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (top 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Squirt B National– 14 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (top 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

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Levels with 15-20 teams or less – 5 team format: 

Squirt A American– 16 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Pee Wee A American – 18 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Bantam B National– 15 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Bantam A National– 15 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Bantam A American– 16 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

16A American– 16 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

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Advancement:

10U AA and 10U A National – top 4 in standings goes to playoffs; winner declared at first round of playoffs using format listed; winner of playoffs takes 1st place in league title with other team in game 3 takes 2nd place; no one advances out of playoffs

10U A American – winner of game 5 takes first place in playoffs and league title; winner of game 7 takes second place in playoffs and league title; no one advances out of playoffs

10U B National – winner of game 4 takes first place in playoffs and league title; winner of game 5 takes second place in playoffs and league title; no one advances out of playoffs

10U B American – top 4 in standings goes to playoffs; winner declared at first round of playoffs using format listed; winner of playoffs takes 1st place in league title with other team in game 3 takes 2nd place; no one advances out of playoffs

12U AA and 12U A National – 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to Districts and wins league title; winner of game 4 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 5 takes 3rd place at Districts; no advancement outside of Districts

12U A American – top 5 teams in standings goes to playoffs; winner of game 5 takes 1st place in league standings; winner of game 7 takes 2nd place in league standings; no one advances out of playoffs

12U B National – top 4 teams in standings goes to playoffs; winner of game 4 takes 1st place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 5 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; no advancement outside of Districts

12U B American -  top 4 in standings goes to playoffs; winner declared at first round of playoffs using format listed; winner of playoffs takes 1st place in league title with other team in game 3 takes 2nd place; no one advances out of playoffs

14U AA – 1st place team in standings gets bye directly to Districts and wins league title, 2nd place in standings takes 2nd place league title; 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams in standings goes to Districts qualifier to go up against independent team; winner of Districts qualifier takes 2nd place at Districts for best of three.  Winner of Districts advances to USA Hockey Nationals

14U A National - 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to Districts and wins league title; winner of game 5 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 7 takes 3rd place at Districts; no advancement outside of Districts

14U A American – top 5 teams in standings goes to playoffs; winner of game 5 takes 1st place in league, winner of game 7 takes 2nd place in league; no one advances out of playoffs

14U B National – top 5 teams in standings goes to playoffs; winner of game 5 takes 1st place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 7 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; no advancement outside of Districts

14U B American - top 4 in standings goes to playoffs; winner declared at first round of playoffs using format listed; winner of playoffs takes 1st place in league title with other team in game 3 takes 2nd place; no advancement outside of playoffs

16U AA1st place team in standings gets bye directly to Districts; 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams in standings goes to Districts qualifier to go up against independent team; winner of Districts qualifier takes 2nd place at Districts for best of three.  Winner of Districts advances to USA Hockey Nationals

16U A National – 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to Districts and wins league title; winner of game 4 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 5 takes 3rd place at Districts; no advancement outside of Districts

16U A American – top 5 teams in standings goes to playoffs; winner of game 5 takes 1st place in league, winner of game 7 takes 2nd place in league; no one advances out of playoffs

18U AA –1st place team in standings gets bye directly to Districts, winner of playoffs takes 2nd place at Districts for best of three. Winner advances to USA Hockey Nationals

18U A National – 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to Districts and wins league title; winner of game 4 takes 2nd place at Districts and in league standings; winner of game 5 takes 3rd place at Districts; no advancement outside of Districts

18U A Americantop 4 in standings goes to playoffs; winner declared at first round of playoffs using format listed; winner of playoffs takes 1st place in league title with other team in game 3 takes 2nd place; no one advances out of playoffs

Delaware 16U AA, 18U AA–  will go directly to Nationals