IMPORTANT ~ MAJOR CHANGE FOR 2014-2015 SEASON
For the 2014-2015 season, The Great Northwest is revising our scheduling procedures to give all teams in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8, the option to play either three or four games at their meets. We will have some meets where all teams in attendance play three games and others where all teams play four. In addition, we are adding a format called "hybrid meets." These meets will be structured to allow those teams that want to play three games to be accommodated – as well as those that want to play four. As was the case the last several seasons, all 4th grade meets will consist of three games.
When registering on their Team Playing Date Preference Form ("TPDPF"), teams will indicate whether they want to play only in meets with three games, only in meets where they can play four games or if they don't care. All meets will be formatted in one of three ways:
• Three-game meets. Four teams will be placed in a pool and will play each other on a round-robin basis for 1st to 4th place.
• Four-game meets. These will be structured as they have been for the 20 years of the League's existence.
• If the meet is held on two or four courts, each of the four teams in each Group (A or B) will play each other in their group once for a total of three games. At the conclusion of these round-robin games, the teams will play one tournament-style game. The two teams from Group A and B with the best records in the three game round-robin will play each other for 1st place; the two teams with the next best record in their respective groups will play a 3rd place game; etc.
• If a four-game meet is a mini-meet (one playing surface), each team plays each of the other four teams in attendance on a round-robin basis for 1st to 5th place.
• If a four-game meet is played on three surfaces with six teams, each team will play four of the five other teams and will be ranked at the conclusion of play from 1st to 6th place using the League's tie breaker system.
• Hybrid meets. This is the scheduling option that will be used where some teams in the same meet want to play three games and others four. As with the four-game meets in the most commonly-used meet format, eight teams will be placed in two pools of four teams each. All teams play three games against the members of its pool, after which ribbons are awarded to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams in that pool. At that point, the two, four or six teams that asked to play only three games are done for the day. When constructing the pools, the League will have placed an even number of teams (two, four or six) that want to play four games, so there is one team that wants four games in each pool, two teams in each pool or three teams in each pool. After pool play, those teams that want to play four games, will be seeded based on their order of finish in their pool. A similar approach will be taken when scheduling mini-meets (one court) or six team meets (three courts) to accommodate teams that want to play three games and those that want four games.
Whether your community hosts a three-game meet or a four-game meet will entirely depend on how your host team(s) for that grade registers on the Team Playing Date Preference Form. If they are playing three games per date, they will host a three-game meet [or a mixed three/four-game meet with the host team(s) playing three]. You will have a four-game meet if the home team(s) in that grade has registered to play four games [or a mixed three/four-game meet with the host team(s) playing four]. You will not be allowed to play four games at home and three on the road. The reason for this policy is that if every team that hosts insists on playing four games at home and only three on the road, the League will have too much hosting capacity and more communities would be denied the opportunity to host.
We are excited by this change, because it will allow all teams to play their preferred number of games. In previous surveys we've done, we found that about one-third of the League teams prefer three games (typically those with limited roster size), another third want four games (generally the strongest teams and those with larger rosters) and about one third don't have a strong preference.