Cross Post – Captains’ Club
Nationals is two things: the National Tournament (Section 22.214.171.124) and the extra-strength Non-Bracket Matches (Section 126.96.36.199). Rule 188.8.131.52 is purposely written broadly, but for the time being we’ll refer to it as Saturday and Sunday. Currently, it defines that each team gets three unique opponents to play on Saturday.
I propose a less stringent definition of Saturday’s required games, a minimum of two. This will guarantee that each team receives at least three matches over the Nationals Event weekend.
This is not an explicit drop to two games, we Need to be broader with our written policy. For smaller events (teams number 16 and smaller) we can fit three games in. The point is, requiring 3 matches is too stringent. Adding more teams to Nationals but keeping 3 matches going in will likely require that Friday matches are mandatory.
In a sixteen team bracket, Sunday’s bracket will result in the two Championship teams playing four games on Sunday, meaning they could play Seven 50 minute games in 45 hours over the event. That’s insane and dangerous. At least four teams will play three matches on Sunday, totaling Six games in 43 hours.
There have been 208 ranked matches played in Season 2017 with a dozen more to go. The average games played per attending team is 16.375 (before the War). The median is 17 games. We don’t need 3 games on Saturday to boost team’s match counts and give a more accurate seeding for Sunday’s bracket. That’s already been done to good effect in the regular season.
For the first time in a Nationals, almost every competitor will have played 6 or more games going into Nationals. NSU (0 games) is the outlier, and would obviously benefit from a third game to help boost the accuracy of their ranking. We could still schedule an extra game exclusively for any competitors that have low game counts, the situation of the Season dictating the needs of what gets played on Saturday. As far as the remaining 23 teams, they have played more than enough games to determine good seeds.
This frees up a great deal of time, which we never really have to begin with. I will give an example for our unprecedented 24 team Nationals. In requiring 3 games, we’d need to schedule 36 matches in 9 heats. Most courts are only going to be able to get four courts. Dropping down to shortened 40 minute games, we might be able to squeeze by in 12 hours. That’s a recipe for disaster.
If we only needed 2 games, we’d only need to schedule 24 matches in 6 heats. We can get by with 9 hours. We have the availability to schedule an extra match for teams that haven’t gotten a lot of matches in during the season. This also saves us in officiating costs.
This extra 3 hours gives us some serious advantages. We have actual time to host the All Star Game, Ladies Match and Alumni games. We can hold a decent Fastest Throw comp, and other amenities for team players. Gladiatorial series? Continuous / last man standing? We can schedule an hour for the entire Executive Board to meet and do work. We have extra time for a Captains’ Meeting where everyone’s not grossly tired and cranky.
Two games is just the minimum. If we have the opportunity to schedule three games, we’re going to do it. The constitution as it stands puts us in too much a bind.
I think this is going to be more fun, more healthy for our organization, more healthy for our collegiate athletes, and more fun.