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2016-2017 Playoff Format

Advancement:

All levels are declared by total points in the standings except for the Midget 16AA, Pee Wee A American and Pee Wee B National.  These three levels will be declared by percentage points due to their playing an unequal number of league games.  This is in accordance with our DVHL Bylaws.

18AA, 16AA, Bantam AA –1st place team in standings gets bye directly to Districts, winner of playoffs takes 2nd place at Districts for best of three. Winner of each level at Districts advances to USA Hockey Nationals

Squirt A National and Squirt B National levels–Use team format listed above, with final two from playoffs going to DVHL championship, 2nd playoff round for best of 3.  Squirt teams do not advance outside of DVHL playoffs. League winner to be declared at playoffs

Atlantic District Championship – DVHL sends 3 teams to Districts; Winner of District championship does not advance outside of District; Pee Wee AA, Pee Wee A National, Bantam A National, Midget 16 A National, Midget 18A National – 1st place team in standings gets a bye directly to districts. Winner of DVHL playoffs will take 2nd place at Districts and the 2nd place winner of playoffs will take 3rd place at Districts.

There is no Atlantic District Championship at this level - Pee Wee A American, Bantam A American, Midget 16 A American - Use team format listed below, with final two from playoffs going to DVHL championship 2nd playoff round for best of 3.  Teams do not advance outside of DVHL playoffs.  League winner to be declared at playoffs

Atlantic District B Championship – DVHL sends 2 teams; Winner of District championship does not advance outside of District; Pee Wee B National, Bantam B National– winner of playoffs goes to Districts as first and second place

Delaware Midget 16 AA – Jr. Blue Hens, Delaware Ducks Black and Delaware Ducks Gold will compete in a round robin at DVHL playoffs with winner going directly to USA Hockey Nationals

All B American Divisions – goes to playoffs, does not advance to Districts or Nationals

Format:

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

Squirt AA– 9 teams in division

Squirt A American– 10 teams in division

All B American divisions

18A Combo – 7 teams in division

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

Levels with 11-14 teams – 4 team format:

18 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 Nationals so must play 4 team format)

Pee Wee AA – 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 A 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– 14 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Bantam AA– 13 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Bantam B National– 13 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (top 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Midget 18A National– 13 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Squirt A National– 12 teams in division, 4 TEAM FORMAT (top 4 teams in standings go to playoffs)

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

Pee Wee A American – 17 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (top 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Midget 16AA– 17 teams in division, 5 TEAM FORMAT (1st place in standings gets bye to districts, next 5 teams in standings go to playoffs)

Pee Wee B National– 17 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– 15 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)

Levels with 20+ – 6 team format:

Squirt B National– 21 teams in division, 6 TEAM FORMAT (top 6 teams in standings go to playoffs)