The MBA National Masters Championship is made up of age divisions consisting of either 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, & 16 teams.
After the entry deadline, the Staff evaluates all entries and assigns a seeding to each team. This seeding is based on previous experience in the tournament and on apparent roster strength of known players.
After seeding, teams are placed in brackets based on the size of the Division. As much as possible, we will separate teams that met in the semi finals or finals of the previous year, assuming their rosters are similar to the previous year.
Four-Team Division Advancement
In a 4-team division, teams are seeded 1 – 4. You play each team in the division once in preliminary play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The first place team plays the fourth-place team and the second-place team plays the third-place team in the semi finals on Friday.
The semi final winners move to the Championship final on Saturday. The semi-final loser’s will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.
Five-Team Division Advancement
In a 5 team Division, team are seeded 1 through 5. Each team plays the other Tuesday through Friday.
Each team will have one day during the tournament week where they will play 2 games on one day. On days where a team plays 2 games, one game will be early in the day and the second in the evening. This is the only way a 5 team division schedule can work.
The teams finishing 1st and 2nd will play in the Championship Final on Saturday. The other teams will have completed their 4 guaranteed games.
Six-Team Division Advancement
In a six-team division, teams are seeded into two three-team brackets. Seeds 1, 4, and 6 are in Bracket 1 and seeds 2, 3 and 5 in Bracket 2. In preliminary play on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, you will play the other two teams in your bracket and a “crossover” game against a team in the other bracket.
The first place teams in each bracket play the second-place teams in the other bracket in the Championship semi final games on Friday. Winning teams will advance to the Championship Finals game on Saturday. The semi-final losers will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.
The two teams finishing 3rd in each bracket will play each other on Friday in the Consolation Final which would be the fourth game for each team.
Eight-Team Division Advancement
In an eight-team division, there will be two 4-team brackets. Seeds 1, 4, 5 and 8 are in Bracket 1 and seeds 2, 3, 6 and 7 in Bracket 2. You will play each team in your bracket in preliminary play Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The first place teams in each bracket play the second-place teams in the other bracket in the Championships semi final games on Friday.
The third place teams in each bracket play the fourth-place teams in the other bracket in the Consolation semi final games on Friday.
The semi-final winners advance to the Championship and Consolation Finals on Saturday.
The semi-final losers will have completed their 4th guaranteed game.
10, 12, 14, & 16 Team Divisions Advancements
Depending on the numbers of teams in the division, teams will be seeded and then broken up into brackets of 3, 4, or 5 teams. Bracket play is key in these type of divisions. Bracket play will be Tues, Weds and Thurs, with championship and consolation semi-finals on Friday basket on a teams bracket record. Finals and consolation finals are held on Saturday.