🇨🇭NEW FOR SELECT 2019 LEAGUES: SWISS SCHEDULING
In order to better match teams of a similar skill and make the experience more fun for everyone, some leagues will be using a "Swiss" schedule rather than a traditional random pairings we've used in the past. In the past, big scoring differentials between mismatched teams was sometimes a source of frustration, particularly in leagues with a large number of teams. Swiss scheduling aims to help fix that.
A Swiss schedule pairs teams of a roughly similar skill level, and is an alternative to creating multiple skill divisions. Because matches in a Swiss tournament are based on a team's record, we must wait until each week's games are completed before scheduling the next week's games. We'll post the the updated schedule shortly after the completion of the week's games.
How it Works
For each round (i.e. each week), each team is matched with another team based on their performance; teams that win games will play increasingly difficult opponents and teams that lose games will play ever less difficult opponents. Teams in the middle will play a mix of teams, but mostly other teams in the middle.
This is done by splitting the teams into "point groups" based on their place in the standings. As long as your team remains in that point group, you will play only other teams in that point group (unless you've played all of them or a team in another point group has played all the teams in their point group). Teams may move between point groups as they win or lose games, and may be matched with new opponents over time. Point groups will get progressively smaller as the season moves forward.
The teams are ranked by PTS, with our tie-breakers: HH, WTL, SOV and finally PA. As teams win or lose games, their position will move up or down in the standings relative to other teams, so the possible opponents will change over the course of the decision. Over time, on average, higher-performing teams will play increasingly difficult opponents, and lower-performing teams will play teams increasingly closer to their performance.
Byes, Canceled Games, and Forfeits
Whenever a team falls behind the current round due to a bye or rainout, they will be given 1 PTS in the standings for the purpose of Swiss matching only. This is to hedge against possible extreme mis-matches while the team catches up. Wins by default and forfeits will be handled the same as a regular win.
Playoffs will be run in the usual fashion, with a single elimination tournament.
We've used a Swiss schedule in the past for kickball, flag football and softball, which was very well received. It made a big difference in players enjoyment of the games.
For a more detailed technical explanation of how Swiss-system tournaments work, please see the Wikipedia article on the subject.
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