The following format will be observed for the duration of the conference:
Double-round robin eliminations; 14 games per team; Teams are then seeded by basis on win-loss records.
The top five teams after the eliminations will advance to the semifinals.
Semifinals will be two round robin affairs with the remaining five teams. Results from the eliminations will be carried over. A playoff incentive for a finals berth will be given to the team that will win at least five of their eight semifinal games.
The top two teams (or the top team and the winner of the playoff incentive) will face each other in a best-of-seven championship series. The next two teams (or the loser of the playoff incentive and the fourth seeded team) dispute the third-place trophy in a one-game playoff.