NCAA Division 1 College World Series Format

College World Series - Virginia v. Vanderbilt 2015
College World Series - Virginia v. Vanderbilt 2015. Peter Aiken/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images

Sixty-four collegiate baseball teams compete in the NCAA Division 1 College World Series. Each of the 31 conference champions automatically qualify for the tournament. The NCAA Division 1 Baseball Committee then selects the remaining teams.

Each team is sent to one of 16 regional sites throughout the country. The teams are seeded 1 through 4 by the selection committee, with No. 1 facing No. 4 and No.

2 facing No. 3 in the first round. The teams then proceed in a double-elimination bracket.

After that round, the remaining 16 teams are then split into eight super regionals, where two teams will face off in a best-of-three series. For these games the higher seed plays as the home team in the first game and the lower seed is the home team for the second game. If a third game is necessary,  a coin flip determines the home team for that game. For games where both teams have the same seed, a coin is flipped.

If both teams have the same seed, the winner of a coin flip will be the home team in game one. The loser of the coin flip will be the home team in game two. A second coin flip will determine the home team in game three, if necessary.

The eight super-regional winners advance to the College World Series, which has been played every year at in Omaha, Nebraska since 1950, when Texas defeated Washington State.

The first College World Series was played Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1947.

The eight teams that qualify for the College World Series are separated into two four-team, double-elimination brackets, playing the same format as in the first round. The winners of those tournaments will meet in one best-of-three championship series to determine the champion.