All NHSSC league standings utilize the following tie-breaking procedure
whenever teams are tied for league points (PTS). If a tie still
exists after applying a tie-breaking rule, the next rule in the list is
- Head-to-head - If the teams played one another during the
regular season, the team with the better record vs. the other team wins.
- Strength of Victory (SOV) - This measures the combined
record of a team's defeated opponents, for each game played against
them. Teams that beat teams with good records will have a higher
SOV than teams that beat teams with poor records. The SOV is only
used for breaking a tie; it is not useful as an overall measure of a
- Points Against (PA) - The team with the lowest PA wins.
- Points For (PF) - The team with the highest PF wins.
- Coin Toss
If three or more teams finish with identical records, the aforementioned tiebreakers will be used, in that order, until a champion is determined. If two or more clubs remained tied after one is eliminated during any step, the tie breakers reverts to step 1. Additionally, when comparing Head-to-Head records for more than 2 teams, the higher winning percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1); in the case of tied percentages vs. the group of 1.000 or .000 the following shall apply: 2-0 is better than 1-0; 0-1 is better than 0-2; 0-1-1 is better than 0-1.