April Fools: Ivy League Tournament tiebreakers changed for 2018

To: Tom Beckett (Yale University), Dr. M. Grace Calhoun (University of Pennsylvania), Jack Hayes (Brown University), Mollie Marcoux (Princeton University), Andy Noel (Cornell University), Peter Pilling (Columbia University), Robert Scalise (Harvard University), Harry Sheehy (Dartmouth College)

From: Robin Harris, Executive Director

Date: April 1, 2017

Re: Changes to 2017-2018 Ivy League Tournament Tiebreakers

Due to the confusion to our student-athletes, athletic directors, presidents and fans regarding the tiebreaker scenarios, we at the Ivy League have decided to make things more clear for the 2017-18 season.

Please share the following changes, made in consultation with you all, among your Presidents, staffs and student-athletes.  We hope, and expect, these rules to be adopted unanimously at our May 2017 meeting:

In the case of a tie between teams in the final standings, the following process will be used until all ties are broken and the seeding process is completed (ties will be broken in rank order beginning with the highest seed):

  1. Head‐to‐head competition ‐ The higher seed will go to the team that has won the most League contests played against the other teams involved in the tie.
  2. If a tie still exists, the tie will be broken by having the members of each team take the Wonderlic Personnel Test at a school (primary or secondary) that is equidistant from the tied programs.  In order to maintain excitement and interest from all of our schools, the test will be administered, proctored and graded by representatives from the eliminated institutions of higher learning.  The team with the highest average score will obtain the higher seed.  This exam measures aptitude for learning  and problem solving abilities, which are core values of all of our institutions.  It is famously used by the National Football League and two of the highest scores were recorded by Pat McInally (Harvard ‘75) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard ‘05).  Not only will this showcase the academic abilities of our student-athletes, but should reinforce their decisions to go into consulting and/or finance when their athletic careers are completed.
  3. If a tie still exists, the coaches from each team will choose a number between 1 and 10 (please limit the number to a maximum of two decimal digits).  This number will be compared to the number selected by Executive Director Robin Harris prior to the start of the conference schedule.  The school with the number closest to Ms. Harris’ number will obtain the higher seed.  This important number will be held in a safe deposit box at the Citizens Bank at 10 North Pearl Street in Albany, New York.  Citizens Bank was chosen since it was the main corporate sponsor for the inaugural Ivy League Tournament and Albany was selected because it is an equally inconvenient and uninspiring car ride from all eight schools.
  4. If a tie still persists, the Executive Director will choose Princeton or Penn, if one is not already in the Tournament.  In case both of these schools are already in the Tournament, the tied teams will simply be eliminated from contention.

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