|SATURDAY POOL PLAY LOGISTICS|
As it turns out, the pools will be determined almost purely by logistics and avoids any pre-rankings of teams (whew!). The most important logistic is that Dallas and Bay Area need late games on Saturday. Bay Area has players landing at Bush International at 2pm, therefore cannot play until 4pm to be safe. This means that Bay Area must play at 4pm and 6pm -- the only other option is a back-to-back situation, something that Dallas has said it does not want to do. Therefore, Dallas must play at 3pm and 5pm and be placed in a pool opposite to Bay Area, otherwise you will end up with a back-to-back situation no matter what (i.e., there is no way Dallas can play at, say, 3pm and 6pm, because it results in a back-to-back for another team). In short, the pools must alternate if we are to fit in the given gym parameters and avoid any possibility of a back-to-back for any team. I hate to think what would happen if Bay Area's flight is delayed. Let me take some time to study that one. Meanwhile...
Bay Area and NYC cannot be in the same pool because we need NYC's people to scorekeep Bay Area's games (I am keeping score the entire tournament and will also be playing on Bay Area; obviously I can't scorekeep my own game -- NYC has scorekeepers who know how to utilize the Dream League statsheets and shotclock). If Bay Area and Dallas are in opposite pools, that means NYC and Dallas are in the same pool.
Houston OCP and Houston Underdogs should not be in the same pool because they are simply the only teams from Houston. That means one of the Houston teams joins NYC and Dallas, which means the Texas Ballistics will not be in the same pool as NYC and Dallas. So it's looking like this so far (let's call the pools X and Y)...
Pool X = NYC, Dallas, and ?
Pool Y = Bay Area, Texas, and ?
The Houston Underdogs recently won the Dallas IndoPak nationals, therefore I'm inclined to keep them separate from the Dallas Bandits team. Therefore, the Underdogs get placed in Pool Y, which leaves OCP in Pool X...
Pool X = Dream League NYC Select, Dallas Bandits, Houston OCP
Pool Y = Dream League Bay Area, Texas Ballistics, Houston Underdogs
Also, I need NYC to stay later on to scorekeep Bay Area games, so it makes sense for them to be scheduled on or around Bay Area games, when possible, which means we have these tipoffs...
1:00pm Pool X: Dream League NYC Select vs Houston OCP
2:00pm Pool Y: Texas Ballistics vs Houston Underdogs
3:00pm Pool X: Dallas Bandits vs Houston OCP
4:00pm Pool Y: Dream League Bay Area vs ?
5:00pm Pool X: Dallas Bandits vs Dream League NYC Select
6:00pm Pool Y: Dream League Bay Area vs ?
Continued at top of right column...
|So the only thing left to decide is who gets to have only 1 hour in between games and who gets to have 3 hours between games, Houston Underdogs or Texas Ballistics? The answer: Texas Ballistics gets the benefit of only 1 hour in between games because they were the first ones to pay their team fees (they paid way in advance). And there you have it!|
SUNDAY "DIVERSITY OF MATCHUPS" AND 30-MIN. BREAK
Barring a massive protest by the remaining five captains, for Sunday the scheduling will revolve around "diversity of matchups" in the first round. Of course, the two #1 seeds from each pool will automatically advance to the Final Four, but one of the goals of the tournament is for teams to play against as many different teams as possible, therefore we must await the results of the East #2 vs West #3 and West #2 vs East #3 to determine the remaining semifinal schedule. Let's say for argument's sake that both #3 teams upset the #2 teams. In the traditional rigid bracket, you would then have a repeat of the #1 vs #2 teams in each pool -- yuk! Instead, we wait until the results, so now we know that West #1 ought to be playing against the remaining East #3 team, as well as East #1 vs West #3. You then maintain "diversity of matchups". Also, you don't schedule a team for an immediate back-to-back (caveat: the 30-minute break in between one semifinal and championship, see below). Remember this is just an example.
This means that the #1 seeds won't know exactly what time they are playing on Sunday. They'll just have to show up to the gym early. The silver lining in this is, it encourages more of a crowd by forcing the teams to watch.
Another unavoidable issue is that one side of the bracket will have only 30 minutes to rest in between the semifinal and championship. Which side deserves it more? It's actually like a coin flip, because you cannot argue that one #1 seed deserves to be placed to avoid the 30-minute break more-so than the other, since they will have not played each other yet. Also, point differential to determine which #1 seed should be ranked higher doesn't do justice if the pools turned out to be unbalanced.
So really, the drawback of the 30-minute break will be by pure luck. Once again, it will probably be determined by logistical constraints. For example, if Dream League Bay Area (DLBA) is not a #1 seed, then we will probably lock them in at 11:00AM on Sunday because that allows them to scorekeep the 10:00AM game, which allows Dream League NYC some extra time in the morning because they have to scorekeep the Bay Area game. Even if they are playing against each other, it will be easier on the staff to start the day with a non-DLBA game. This means DLBA is more likely to be faced with the less-desirable 30-minute break.
Hope all of that made some sense!
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