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USA Ultimate Announces Format For 2014 National Championships
Four (4) pools per division:
Each division will be divided into four pools consisting of four teams each, seeded by a combination of regular season and postseason performance.
Day 1 Competition Schedule (Pool Play)
: Each team will play the other three teams in its pool. The schedule will include five rounds of play consisting of three games and two byes per team.
Day 2 Competition Schedule (Elimination and Pro Flight Bracket Play):
All teams, except quarterfinal winners, will play three games on Friday. Quarterfinal winners will play two games. There will again be five rounds of play, scheduled as follows:
Round of 16 (pre-quarters) games for all men’s (M) and women’s (W) teams. Winners advance to the quarterfinals. Losers relegated to 9th-place bracket.
Round of 16 (pre-quarters) games for all mixed (X) teams. Winners advance to the quarterfinals. Losers relegated to the 9th-place bracket.
9th-place bracket quarterfinals (M, W). Winners advance to the 9th-place bracket semifinals. Losers relegated to 13th-place bracket semifinals.
Quarterfinals (M, W, X). Winners advance to the semifinals. Losers relegated to 5th-place bracket semifinals.
9th-place bracket quarterfinals (X). Winners advance to the 9th-place bracket semifinals. Losers relegated to 13th-place bracket semifinals.
9th-place bracket semifinals (M, W, X). Winners advance to 7th-place bracket semifinals/2015 Pro Flight play-in games. Losers play for 11th/12th place.
13th-place bracket semifinals (M, W). Winners play for 13th/14th place. Losers play for 15th/16th place.
5th-place bracket semifinals. (M, W, X). The four losers from the quarterfinal round will be re-seeded, based on final regular season rankings, into a 5th-place semifinal bracket, in which the highest-seeded team plays the lowest seeded team and the remaining two teams play each other. Winners play for 5th/6th place and qualify for spots in the 2015 Pro Flight. Losers relegated to 7th-place semifinals bracket/2015 Pro Flight play-in game.
13th-place bracket semifinals (X). Winners play for 13th/14th place. Losers play for 15th/16th place.
Day 3 Competition Schedule (Elimination and Pro Flight Bracket Play):
All participating teams are guaranteed one game on the third day of the tournament. Everyone plays a placement game, while the winners from the 9th-place semifinal bracket and the losers from the 5th-place bracket semifinals will compete for the final two spots in the 2015 Pro Flight.
7th-place bracket semifinals/2015 Pro Flight play-in games (M, W, X). Each 5th-place bracket semifinal loser will match up against a 9th-place bracket semifinal winner. Winners qualify for spots in the 2015 Pro Flight.
11th-place game (M, W, X).
13th-place game (M, W, X).
15th-place game (M, W, X).
5th-place game (M, W, X). Teams may opt out of playing the 5th-place placement game if both teams agree. If the game is not played, a tie for 5th place will be declared and post-nationals rankings will be used to determine the wait list order for 2015 Triple Crown Tour flights and events. If one team chooses not to play, it will be considered a forfeit, and therefore a loss.
12:00 p.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal #1 (Live on ESPN3).
1:00 p.m. – Mixed Division Semifinal #2.
2:30 p.m. – Women’s Division Semifinal #1 (Live on ESPN3).
3:30 p.m. – Women’s Division Semifinal #2.
5:30 p.m. – Men’s Division Semifinal #1 (Live on ESPN3).
8:00 p.m. – Men’s Division Semifinal #2 (Live on ESPN3).
Day 4 Competition Schedule (Championship Games)
11:00 a.m. – Mixed Division Championship Game (Live on ESPN3).
1:30 p.m. – Women’s Division Championship Game (Live on ESPN3).
4:00 p.m. – Men’s Division Championship Game (Live on ESPN3).
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