2011 Spring-Summer Sundays Roadmap: REC-AM (Lower)

TUE 6/7 (10:00PM) — Just wanted to state that I have not changed the roadmap for REC-AM since the first post… THU 5/14 (9:30PM) — Here’s the roadmap for the season for REC-AM, aka “REC-AM Lower”. There are actually two levels of REC: REC-Upper (aka “REC+”) and REC-Lower (aka “REC-“). Each is subdivided into AM and PM. Therefore, you have REC-AM, REC-PM, REC+AM, and REC+PM.

Please note, this the first draft and is subject to change, based on any unforeseen circumstances such as a drastic special request that would cause disruption in the schedule.

With 14 teams, it was easiest on the scheduling to just split it into two conferences, listed below as “e” for Eastern and “w” for Western. Teams were somewhat arbitrarily placed in each conference, mostly by how they were listed on the Rumor Mill when I scheduled them on 5/1 and 5/8.

With 7 teams per conference, each week 6 of them play each other, and hence there will be 1 team left over each week to play against the other conference. All in all, all 14 teams play each week. There are no byes.

With all 14 teams playing each week, that means we finish the regular season with 7 games. Each team will play each of the 6 other teams in its conference for 6 games, and there’s a 7th game, which can be played in any of the 7 weeks of the season, against a random opponent in the other conference.

With a 7-game regular season, that means if you finish .500 or better, you will have double-elimination status for the playoffs. If you finish below .500, you’ll have single-elimination. That yields the 8-game minimum season we have in Dream League.

All of the .500+ teams will play against each other in what should be probably at most an 8-team battle in the Upper Playoffs. The Lower Bracket will be a single-elimination affair and be one-and-done. Both Upper and Lower champions will receive championship t-shirts. This is simply the ebb and flow of seasons. Some seasons, Dream League gets 10 or 11 teams and is forced to have one gigantic bracket encompassing them all. When we have 14 teams, we have enough to split it and make each bracket more competitive against each other. You always want to try and have at least 6 teams in a playoff bracket.

The playoffs structure as shown below is assumed to be split into two separate brackets: 7 Upper double-elim and 7 Lower single-elim. However, there could very well be 8 and 6 depending on how the standings shake out in terms of the number of teams finishing .500 and above and sub-.500.

You can see I matched up the actual 5/1 and 5/8 matchups to adhere to the structure of the 14-team schedule. Town Business wanted a bye on 5/22 and we did it by juggling their matchup since they started early on 5/1.

Future blocks of games per week, could theoretically be juggled to accommodate a schedule quirk here or there. Should you be concerned with anything you see below, please email wylie(at)dreamleague(dot)org and we will explain or fix it.

Remember, in REC here I am trying to do my best to make sure teams are in the right divisions. The first step aside from constant reminders is to ensure that no teams in the “pure” REC pickup players from other divisions. We get that right, it’s a great first step. Beyond that, we try to make sure if your team is too seasoned or too strong or has a ringer that refuses to play in a higher division, that you play in the right division. There is nothing we can really say in black and white on that, but I am sure we will, at some point, suggest to a team in this division that they move up to another division. Of course, most likely we would have to wait until the season is over to do that. This is an evolution.

First of all, REC is supposed to be a division where you don’t care if you win or lose. But even if you did “care” (whatever that means), if it means having a “hired gun” take you to the promised land, well, that’s the very reason why we have higher divisions! I implore you to take the challenge of competing on your own. I encourage you to assemble a team whereby you have no idea how you’ll finish, and that it’s the journey that you value, not the destination. And if it turns out that your journey was an easy one, challenge yourself to put a thicker jungle or a taller mountain in front of you to climb. Try getting past it multiple times. Don’t give up. But if you do decide to drop a division, know that you gave the previous division your best, honest effort. I hope you will all find value in such journeys.

If you see red text with a line through it, it means that’s where the game was originally scheduled in a “perfect” template. However, special requests can move those games to other dates, such as denoted in bold green, and a series of swaps can occur, but the matchups will always be fixed. The number of red cross-outs should always equal the number of bold green adds.

Date Wk Code Matchup Notes
5/1 pre pre SOFT-LAUNCH OF 2011 SPRING-SUMMER SEASON
5/1 4 e5 at e4 City Knights at Town Business from 5/22
5/8 1 e1 at e5 Kryptonite at City Knights
5/8 1 e2 at e4 Relapse at Town Business
5/8 1 e3 at e6 NotLikeDaRest at Lights Out
5/8 1 w1 at w5 Fab VIII at Tune Squad
5/8 1 w2 at w4 What Would Wat Do at SULD
5/8 1 w3 at w6 No Chance REC at The Other Guys to 6/19
5/8 1 e7 at w7 Warriors Rec at Hawk’s
5/15 2 e4 at e7 Town Business at Warriors Rec
5/15 2 e1 at e3 Kryptonite at NotLikeDaRest
5/15 2 e5 at e2 City Knights at Relapse
5/15 2 w4 at w7 SULD at Hawk’s
5/15 2 w1 at w3 Fab VIII at No Chance REC
5/15 2 w5 at w2 Tune Squad at What Would Wat Do
5/15 2 e6 at w6 Lights Out at The Other Guys
5/22 4 e2 at e1 Relapse at Kryptonite
5/22 4 e5 at e4 City Knights at Town Business to 5/1
5/22 4 e6 at e7 Lights Out at Warriors Rec
5/22 4 w2 at w1 What Would Wat Do at Fab VIII
5/22 4 w5 at w4 Tune Squad at SULD
5/22 4 w6 at w7 The Other Guys at Hawk’s
5/22 4 e3 at w3 NotLikeDaRest at No Chance REC
5/29 h holiday NO GAMES — MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
6/5 6 e2 at e3 Relapse at NotLikeDaRest
6/5 6 e1 at e6 Kryptonite at Lights Out
6/5 6 e5 at e7 City Knights at Warriors Rec
6/5 6 w2 at w3 What Would Wat Do at No Chance REC
6/5 6 w1 at w6 Fab VIII at The Other Guys
6/5 6 w5 at w7 Tune Squad at Hawk’s
6/5 6 e4 at w4 Town Business at SULD
6/12 3 e6 at e5 Lights Out at City Knights
6/12 3 e7 at e3 Warriors Rec at NotLikeDaRest
6/12 3 e4 at e1 Town Business at Kryptonite
6/12 3 w6 at w5 The Other Guys at Tune Squad
6/12 3 w7 at w3 Hawk’s at No Chance REC
6/12 3 w4 at w1 SULD at Fab VIII
6/12 3 e2 at w2 Relapse at What Would Wat Do
6/19 h holiday MAKEUP WEEKEND — FATHERS DAY
6/19 1 w3 at w6 No Chance REC at The Other Guys from 5/8
6/26 5 e3 at e4 NotLikeDaRest at Town Business
6/26 5 e6 at e2 Lights Out at Relapse
6/26 5 e7 at e1 Warriors Rec at Kryptonite
6/26 5 w3 at w4 No Chance REC at SULD
6/26 5 w6 at w2 The Other Guys at What Would Wat Do
6/26 5 w7 at w1 Hawk’s at Fab VIII
6/26 5 e5 at w5 City Knights at Tune Squad
7/3 h holiday NO GAMES — JULY 4TH WEEKEND
7/10 7 e7 at e2 Warriors Rec at Relapse
7/10 7 e3 at e5 NotLikeDaRest at City Knights
7/10 7 e4 at e6 Town Business at Lights Out
7/10 7 w7 at w2 Hawk’s at What Would Wat Do
7/10 7 w3 at w5 No Chance REC at Tune Squad
7/10 7 w4 at w6 SULD at The Other Guys
7/10 7 e1 at w1 Kryptonite at Fab VIII
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Upper: bye: #1
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Upper: #7 at #2
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Upper: #6 at #3
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Upper: #5 at #4
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Lower: bye: #1
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Lower: #7 at #2
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Lower: #6 at #3
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1-Lower: #5 at #4
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Upper-WB: Winners Bracket
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Upper-WB: Winners Bracket
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Upper-LB: Losers Bracket (low seeds)
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Upper-LB: bye: Losers Bracket (high seed)
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Lower: Final Four
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-Lower: Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3-Upper-WB: Winners Bracket
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3a-Upper-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3a-Upper-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3b-Upper-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3-Lower: Championship
7/31 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER BEGIN
8/7 p4 playoffs4 Upper: Last LB Game
8/7 p4 playoffs4 Upper: Championship
8/7 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
8/14 p5 playoffs5 Upper: Repeat Champ (if nec)
8/14 m makeup MAKEUP/OVERFLOW WEEKEND
8/14 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
8/21 m makeup MAKEUP/OVERFLOW WEEKEND
8/21 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
8/28 t tourney SAN JOSE TOURNAMENT???
8/28 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
9/4 h holiday LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
9/4 t tourney SAN JOSE TOURNAMENT???
9/4 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
9/11 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
9/11 t tourney LAS VEGAS TOURNAMENT
9/11 n new 2011 FALL-WINTER SOFT-LAUNCH
9/18 n new 2011 FALL-WINTER HARD-LAUNCH