Catch-22 wrote:Capt_Scoregasm wrote:Couple things:
Someone mentioned that you need to take into account which team is traveling with their best roster, a patchwork roster, etc... and not JUST what happened the last time they played in a tournament.
Possible solution? Maybe if you can find 3 members of this community who know teams and can receive HONEST (that part is important) information about each team traveling, you could form a "pre-tournament seeding committee". Same 3 people for every tournament, who's job (would be a fun hobby) is to find out more information about each team attending the tournament.
I think that is a fantastic idea.
To be perfectly honest, I think that worked pretty well for VBKO. Go back and read what he put about iB... pretty much exactly what I sent him. Our defense is as good as anyone's, but we'd only go so far as our top-6 batters could take us. Our top-6 failed, so iB failed. Our defense held up, and I think everyone got a chance to see that our Charger is second to none. I was being perfectly (and brutally) honest when I sent in the info for iB before the tourney.
The problem wasn't the seeding... it's how the seeds were presented to the tournament. Don't publish pre-tournament rankings... don't mention anything about them. If you have four pools, rank the top four, then randomize the rest... or try to make it fair... at the end of the day it's HOW the pools came into being that seems to matter the most, not the actual pools themselves.
I have no complaint with our pool from VBKO. We should have won every game we played. In the future I'd prefer not to see pre-tourney seeds from the organizers, however. I think everyone will put two and two together when they see MB, FL and Panik in different pools... but there's no reason to put a number next to everyone else. That'll probably go a long way toward making the tournament draws appear fair and equitable.