HSEL Fall Major 2022 Regional Playoff Guide

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This article explains all the necessary information about the HSEL Regional Playoffs for Rocket League and Valorant (i.e.) days/times of matches, where to find the bracket, how many teams qualify, etc. The winner of each regional Champion bracket will receive an invite to HSEL Nationals in May. 

Looking for HSEL playoff information for nationwide games? See the HSEL Fall Major Playoff Guide.

Looking for League of Legends playoff information? See the League of Legends Playoff Guide.


How Many Teams Make the Playoffs?

  • The amount of teams that make it into the playoffs is determined by registration numbers. 
  • Both games will receive a secondary Redemption Road (R.R.) bracket for teams that did not qualify for the Champion (Champ) bracket. 
ROCKET LEAGUE  # of Teams in Playoffs Max. # of Rounds
East, Central, South

(Champ) Seeds 1 - 24*

(R.R.) Seeds 25 - 48*


(Champ) Seeds 1- 16

(R.R.) Seeds 17 - 32

All Regions

(Champ) Seeds 1 - 24*

(R.R.) Seeds 25 - 48*


*Top 8 teams will have a Round 1 bye. 



  • Default match times for all games listed above will be based on region (see table below). 
  • Playoffs/finals are manually seeded; players will not use the queue system.
  • You may only reschedule a playoff match if you meet all of the following criteria: 
    • Your competitor agrees to the new time in the match chat on the Generation Esports platform.
    • You notify and receive approval from HSEL admins for the new time here.
    • The match score is reported before midnight Pacific Standard Time on the day of the match.
    • Champion Bracket Finals matches cannot be rescheduled. Redemption Road bracket finals may be rescheduled, granted the above criteria are met
    • Your opponent must agree to the rescheduled time in match chat on the Generation Esports platform or the default time will remain.
  • 3rd Place & Redemption Road Finals matches will occur on the same day as the tournament's finals match at the default match time listed in the table below. 

Default Match Times (w/ exception to streamed FINALS matches)

5:00 pm PST 5:00 pm CST 5:00 pm CST 5:00 EST


Week 1 

  Mon 11/28 Tue 11/29 Wed 11/30 Thu 12/1
Rocket League

  Round 1
(East, Central, South)
  Round 2
(East, Central, South)

West's Round 1 is 12/1

  West Round 1
Valorant Round 1   Round 2  


Week 2 

  Mon 12/5 Tue 12/6 Wed 12/7 Thu 12/8 Fri 12/9
Rocket League   Quarterfinals   Semifinals  
Valorant Quarterfinals   Semifinals South Finals East & West Finals

See "Finals Match Times" below. Finals match times CAN NOT be rescheduled. 


Week 3 

Mon 12/12 Tue 12/13
Valorant CENTRAL Finals Rocket League Finals*
  *All regions (see times below) 


Finals Match Times

All Champion Bracket Finals matches will be live-streamed on HSEL Twitch. These times can not be rescheduled. 

Valorant Finals

  • 12/8 @ 5:00 pm EST - South Region
  • 12/9 @ 5:00 pm EST - East Region 
  • 12/9 @ 8:00 pm EST - West Region
  • 12/12 @ 5:00 pm EST - Central Region 

Rocket League Finals (12/13)

  • 4:30 pm EST - East Region
  • 6:00 pm EST - Central Region
  • 7:30 pm EST - South Region
  • 9:00 pm EST - West Region

How to Qualify

  • A roster must:
    • Play at least 6* matches in order to be eligible for playoff qualification.
      • *5 matches for the Fall Major 2022 season. 
    • End the season at a high enough leaderboard placement (see tiebreakers below). 
    • Note: Any unplayed regular-season matches will be counted as a loss against the roster's record at the end of the regular season, per rule
  • The tiebreaker system will be run as a tiered protocol that will be used if multiple teams finish the regular season with the same overall record, pursuant to rule 
    1. Wins. (Forfeit wins and bye wins are scored as a full series undefeated win)
    2. Head-to-head record. (If the two tied teams have played each other, their match record against each other is compared)
    3. Overall game-win percentage. (e.g. winning a match 3-0 is better than 3-2)
    4. Higher opponents’ game-win percentage. (e.g. it is better to beat an opponent who  consistently won 3-0 than 3-2)
    5. Fewer forfeit losses.
    6. Fewer bye wins.
    7. The team which had a higher number of wins before their first loss.
    8. If the first loss is received after the same number of wins, then the team which lost to the stronger opponent (as defined by game win percentage) will be ranked higher.

Where can I view the playoff bracket?

  • Select "Tournaments" from the left-hand menu. 
  • Under "My Tournaments", choose the tournament whose playoff bracket you want to view.
  • Find the “Leaderboard” section and click “Playoffs”.
  • Click the “Bracket View” button to open the playoff bracket for that specific game.


Roster Rules and Substitutes

  • Per HSEL General Competition Rule 2.8.4: "Roster changes may be made at any point during or in-between seasons except during the time a team has queued for their match, during live matches, or once the playoffs have begun. Roster changes are prohibited for single-player and partnered (duo) game tournaments." 
  • In the case an emergency substitute is needed, the Team Admin must reach out to competition@highschoolesportsleague.com and receive permission. 
    • If you have not heard back after 24 hours of making an emergency substitute request, please contact support here


Things to know

  • Your admin will be emailed a form to fill out to ensure you receive any potential prizing. Forms will be sent out around 3 business days after the tournament's culmination. 
  • Any admin with a team/player who made it to the playoffs will be notified via email.
  • The match format is located in the specific tournament overview. You can find the overview in the HSEL community section of our help site.


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