Play-in games/qualifiers serve as a wild card pathway into the State Championship. Bids to pool play via “Qualifiers” are teams that succeed through single elimination “Play-in” games.

Play-in games will be played between July 12, 15 and 16.

Generally, Play-in games will be hosted by the higher finishing team (via standings or points or points %) with lower finishing teams having to travel to the play-in game(s).

The following procedures will be used in scheduling of opponents and bracketing:

Primary Consideration
Opponents (two teams) or brackets (three or more teams) are scheduled in priority of geographic location within the membership. In most cases, teams will not drive by other clubs (service area) to play a play-in game(s).

Secondary Considerations

  • The team with the higher standing and or points and or points % will be awarded the home game or in brackets with a bye, shall be awarded the bye.
  • In games with a team that opted not to host, the opponent will be awarded the home game(s).
  • Opponents maybe changed or reversed if two or more teams opted not to host.

MYSA reserves the right to change procedures to schedule wild card Play-in games.

Winners of Play-In brackets join “Automatic Bids” in the Championships Pool Stage

Pool play format begins after Play-In Games and consists of three guaranteed games with group winners advancing. Classic 3 begins July 20 while Classic 1 and 2 begins July 23.

  • 6 team pool play consists of a three-game guarantee with the top two teams advancing to a championship.
  • 8 team pool play consists of two four team pools and a three-game guarantee with the top two teams advancing to a championship.
  • 12 team pool play consists of three four team pools and a three-game guarantee with the top team in each group, and a wild card advancing to semifinals to play into a championship.
  • Final Four format is designated for league flights with two or less brackets and generally 19 or less statewide teams. This format will consist of a single elimination, semifinal to championship path.