Rules

Standings


"I don't want to shoot my mouth in my foot, but those are games we can win."

The Standings is the go-to page for your current division. Here, you can see the relative rankings of each team in the division. We advise you to check the standings page after every game to keep track of your opponents. Teams that are still in the National Tournament will have a small trophy icon next to their name.

When the 22 league games are concluded, the four top-ranked teams in each conference will make it to the playoff round. The playoff schedule is displayed on the standings page; if the regular season has not finished yet, the playoff schedule is predicted according to the current standings. As the season progresses, certain players will perform magnificently on the court. The standings page keeps a list of the league leaders in average points-per-game, rebounds-per-game, and assists-per-game. Clicking on any player will take you to that player's historical box score statistics, broken down by game and by season totals.

Ties in the standings are broken first by number of forfeits (indicated by a * next to the number of losses a team has), followed by point differential, then points scored.

At the end of a season, a most valuable player (MVP) will be selected from all of the players in the division. The results and summary of this selection process will be accessible for all previous seasons. The overall league leaders and the MVP will have a note in their history page about their final position in the MVP voting. Also to the owner team of the MVP will be given a trophy on the team's page. Using the drop-down menu near the top of the page, you can view the final standings for the current division from previous seasons.


Playoffs, and Promotion and Demotion of Teams

"I've won at every level, except college and pro."

The four top-ranked teams in each conference will make it into the playoffs. There is a one-game elimination match between the 1st- and 4th-ranked teams and between the 2nd- and 3rd-ranked teams in each conference, followed by an elimination match between the two winners. When these champions are decided, the winners from each conference face off in a best-of-three showdown. The winner of the division finals is crowned champion of the division, and is promoted to a higher level of divisions. In divisions VI and lower, both playoff finalists will promote to the higher level of divisions. One extra promotion spot will be awarded to the team with the best regular season record (ranking being the most important criteria). And finally, to keep our community fresh and lively, the next best teams in your division will promote to fill in any Bot-controlled team spots in higher leagues. The league that a team will promote or demote to is random within the division that they are slated to go to.

Because the league finals tie-breaker match revenue goes to charity, both the league champion and runner up receive a fixed amount award after the finals. The amounts are determined for each division level specifically. The runner up is awarded exactly half the specified amount. They are as follows:


  • DIV I: $ 400 000

  • DIV II: $ 250 000

  • DIV III: $ 150 000

  • DIV IV: $ 100 000

  • DIV V: $ 80 000

  • DIV VI and beyond: $ 60 000

To help the newly promoted teams compete in the higher leagues, promoting teams will now receive a one-time bonus. Both promoting league champions and teams that promoted from a bot cleanup or otherwise will get the extra cash, though champions get a higher boost to their season ticket holders. The bonus for promoting to a higher league is as follows:


  • Promotion into DIV I: $ 1 500 000

  • Promotion into DIV II: $ 750 000

  • Promotion into DIV III: $ 450 000

  • Promotion into DIV IV: $ 300 000

  • Promotion into DIV V: $ 225 000

  • Promotion into any lower division: $ 225 000

The end of a season isn't all fun and glory, however. Five teams from each division will be demoted to a lower level of divisions. The 8th seed in each conference is automatically demoted, and the 5th-ranked team from each conference competes with the 7th-ranked team from the other conference in a best-of-three relegation series. 6th teams from both conferences will face each other (home court advantage going to the better record team).

For the single-match eliminations in the playoffs, the team with the higher standing is given the home-court advantage. When there is a best-of-three series, the team with the better win-loss record has the home-court for the first match and for the tie-breaker (if a third game is necessary), and the lower-ranked team has the home-court for the second match.

In the Play-Down, however, the 5th seeded will always receive the first and the eventual tie-breaker game home court advantage against the 7th seeded of the other conference, regardless of their win-loss record.

The revenue from ticket sales to playoff and relegation games is split in half between the home team and the visitors.


Disclaimer
While the rules have been translated by our wonderful language administrators, the only official versions of the BuzzerBeater Rules or Terms of Service are those written in American English.
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