LHSAA Baseball Playoffs 101: How The Brackets Are Determined



NOTE: GeauxPreps.com Power Ratings are unofficial. The LHSAA will release official playoff brackets on Sunday, April 24, 2022.


With under 48 hours remaining until the 2022 LHSAA baseball playoff brackets are released, GeauxPreps.com wanted to give an insight as to how the postseason fields are determined.

Below are a few bullet points, referenced in the LHSAA handbook, to remember when looking at the power ratings before the bracket release.

LHSAA To Release Unofficial Power Rating Report Before Bracket Release

The LHSAA will post a power rating report Sunday morning for each class and division. The list includes playoff-eligible teams, ranked accordingly, as well as squads who did not meet the 15-game limit or chose to opt out. District champions will be noted. Schools will have a few hours in the morning to file appeals related to the seeding of teams or forfeitures in each class/division.

Seeding The Brackets

Classes 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, and 1A and B shall be seeded 1-32, Class B & C shall be seeded 1-24 according to their power ranking. In Select Divisions I, II, III, IV and V all teams shall be seeded 1-16 according to their power rankings.

15-Regular Season Game Minimum For Seeding Purposes

In completing the playoff bracket, all other teams qualifying for the state playoffs shall be selected on the basis of the established power rating system. Schools that fail to play 15 contests during the regular season, including district play and tournament games, shall be ranked separately using the same ranking system that is used to rank schools that played at least 15 contests or more during the regular season. These schools shall be ranked at the bottom of the bracket and seeded accordingly until all remaining positions on the bracket are filled.

Out-Of-State Team Reporting Procedures

When a team’s opponent is an out-of-state team, the classification of the out-of-state team shall all be weighted equally. There will be no play up points factored into an out-of-state opponent. When a school plays an out-of-state school that has any games on its schedule after the LHSAA’s final playing date, those games shall not be used in determining the school’s power ranking.

  1. When a school plays an out-of-state school all contests played that count on their regular season record shall be used to calculate a school’s power ranking.
  2. If an out-of-state opponent plays more than 34 regular season games by the time of the LHSAA’s final playing date, only the results of the first 34 games played shall be applied in the LHSAA’s Wild-Card Program.

District Champions Earn Automatic Bid Into Playoffs

According to the LHSAA handbook, district champions draw an automatic berth into the state playoffs. In the case that a team qualifies as a district champion but does not meet the 15-game minimum, they will also be seeded accordingly due to not meeting the 15-game minimum requirement, unless they choose to opt out.

Power Rating Tie-Breaking Procedures

The LHSAA has a tie breaking procedure to be used when determining seed placement for two or more schools that have the same power rating:

Tie-breaking procedures to be used when two or more schools have the same power rating are as follows:

  1. If two schools that are tied played each other during the season, the school that won the most games against the other school shall be the highest seeded school.
  2. If the two schools did not play each other during the season, or if there are more than two schools involved in the tie, the tie shall be broken by applying the classification play percentage. The school with the higher percentage shall be the higher seeded school.
  3. If after applying Rule 2, the tie is not broken, the school with the highest won-loss percentage in district play shall be the higher seeded school.
  4. If after applying Rule 3, the tie is not broken, the school with the highest won-loss percentage in overall regular season play shall be the higher seeded school.
  5. If after applying Rule 4, the tie is not broken, the school that finished in the highest position in the district shall be the higher seeded school.
  6. If a tie still remains, the higher seeded school shall be selected by having a “draw” conducted in the LHSAA office by the baseball seeding committee.