Canada West announces new playoff formats in Basketball, Volleyball, and Women's Soccer

    Playoff changes will take effect for the upcoming 2017/18 varsity season

    By Canada West Communications on May 11, 2017

    Highlights:

    • The Canada West AGM wrapped up Thursday in Lethbridge, with the membership accepting a new playoff format for women’s soccer, beginning this fall
    • A new playoff structure for basketball and volleyball has also been accepted for 2017-18
    • Final Four tournaments will be replaced with single-game championships in both basketball and volleyball, while women’s soccer is moving from a six-team tournament to a four-team format

    LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Following the conclusion of the 2017 Canada West annual general meeting in Lethbridge, the conference announced several new playoff formats for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

    Change is coming to both the men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball playoffs, as well as women’s soccer.

    On the court, there will no longer be conference Final Four tournaments in either basketball, or volleyball. Instead, the conference playoffs will lead to a single conference championship game, ensuring a host participates for conference gold, which was not guaranteed under the existing format. The number of playoff teams in basketball (12) will not change, while the number of volleyball playoff teams will increase from seven to eight this season.

    Conference membership voted to accept the updated basketball and volleyball playoff formats earlier this year.

    The changes mark a departure from the existing Final Four formats in both sports, which had been in place since 2001-02 in men’s basketball, 2002-03 in women’s basketball, and 2002-03 in both men’s and women’s volleyball.

    In addition to the changes to the basketball and volleyball playoff formats, the conference will also have a new women’s soccer playoff structure for the upcoming season. The revamped playoff format is highlighted by the implementation of a Final Four tournament, replacing the existing Select Six championship tournament, which had been in place for the previous two seasons. The number of playoff teams (12) will remain the same in 2016.

    The new women’s soccer format features two weeks of competition, as a pair of teams in each division will host preliminary round games, as well as quarter-final action. Four teams will then advance to the Final Four the following week, to be hosted by the highest remaining seed (top Prairie team hosts in 2017 and top Pacific team hosts in 2018).

    A complete look at each playoff format can be found below.

     

    Basketball – top 12 teams qualify for playoffs

    • Week 1
      • Seeds 1-4 earn a bye
      • Single-game play-ins
        • 12 @ 5
        • 11 @ 6
        • 10 @ 7
        • 9 @ 8
    • Week 2
      • Best-of-three quarter-finals
        • Series A: 12 or 5 @ 4
        • Series B: 11 or 6 @ 3
        • Series C: 10 or 7 @ 2
        • Series D: 9 or 8 @ 1
    • Week 3
      • Best-of-three semifinals
        • Winner of Series A @ Winner of Series D
        • Winner of Series B @ Winner of Series C
    • Week 4
      • Single-game Canada West Championship Game @ highest remaining seed
      • Single-game CW Bronze Medal Game if needed to determine additional CW representatives at nationals

     

    Volleyball – top eight teams qualify for playoffs

    • Week 1
      • Best-of-three quarter-finals
        • Series A: 5 @ 4
        • Series B: 6 @ 3
        • Series C: 7 @ 2
        • Series D: 8 @ 1
    • Week 2
      • Best-of-three semifinals
        • Winner of Series A @ Winner of Series D
        • Winner of Series B @ Winner of Series C
    • Week 3
      • Single-game Canada West Championship Game @ highest remaining seed
      • Single-game CW Bronze Medal Game if needed to determine additional CW representatives at nationals

     

    Soccer – top 12 teams qualify for playoffs

    • Week 1 – Preliminary round & quarter-finals
      • Preliminary round (hosted by top two Pacific and Prairie Division teams)
        • Game 1: Pacific 3 vs. Prairie 6 (@ Prairie 2)
        • Game 2: Prairie 3 vs. Pacific 6 (@ Pacific 2)
        • Game 3: Pacific 4 vs. Prairie 5 (@ Prairie 1)
        • Game 4: Prairie 4 vs. Pacific 5 (@ Pacific 1)
        • Gold Medal Game
          • Winner SF 1 vs. Winner SF 2
      • Medal round
        • Bronze Medal Game
          • Loser SF 1 vs. Loser SF 2
    • Quarter-finals
      • QF 1: Winner Game 1 @ Prairie 2
      • QF 2: Winner Game 2 @ Pacific 2
      • QF 3: Winner Game 3 @ Prairie 1
      • QF 4: Winner Game 4 @ Pacific 1
    • Week 2 – Final Four (2017 hosted by highest Prairie, 2018 hosted by highest Pacific)
      • Semifinals
        • SF 1: Winner QF 1 vs. QF 4
        • SF 2: Winner QF 2 vs. QF 3

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