Many thanks for the feedback some of your teams have provided on the nature of the tournament pool draw on our message board. As you know, we are trying our best to combine our insight on how to schedule games with a thoughtful consideration of what teams want, and the acknowledgment that many of you take precious time out of your holiday schedule specifically for the opportunity to play and party with teams from across the country, not simply those from your own backyard. And within the larger mission of the Circuit, it is important to preserve a balance between the autonomy of individual Event Organizers to weigh these factors, the belief that the best teams will overcome any statistical anomalies of pool play to triumph at a given Circuit Event, and the inevitability of a larger, purely-ranking based concluding event to the Circuit season.
Taking into mind the community’s concerns about factoring the ranking of teams in some meaningful way, we are modifying our draw procedure slightly this year. Rather than utilize the random draw, regional-protection only method we used last year, we are doing a World Cup-style draw. As some of you know, this means that the top seeds are distributed across all pools (to minimize, albeit not eliminate, the possibility of a “pool of death”), and then the resulting draw to fill all pools is done to ensure that no one pool has an excess amount of teams from one region (to recognize many teams’ desires to play new competition in exchange for their time, money, and effort).
The top 6 seeds will be placed at the top of each pool list as follows:
Pool 1 (4 teams) – 1st Seed (A)
Pool 2 (4 teams) – 2nd Seed (A)
Pool 3 (4 teams) – 3rd Seed (A)
Pool 4 (4 teams) – 4th Seed (A)
Pool 5 (6 teams) – 5th Seed (A), 6th Seed (B)
e will announce the seeds on Friday morning, as well as the remaining contents of each region (that is, those teams not in the top 6).
Then we will draw pools at the Meet and Greet on Friday in modified serpentine fashion as follows (4 pools of 4 and 1 pool of 6 enables us to finish pool play with 3 slots in the morning, which is a must given our tight schedule with the National Park Service, and without forcing teams to play during lunch).
Again, no system of pool distribution is perfect. We have done our best to listen thoughtfully to all our constituents, and we encourage future Circuit Events to continue this productive discussion on how to provide the best overall tournament experience for all involved.
Captains Reminder: Please submit your top 10 seeds (once more, do not rank your own team) to us no later than 11:59 PM on Thursday, July 15.
Staff – Kickball365 Open Tournament 2010