2011 Spring-Summer Sundays Roadmap: AL/NL

MON 6/20 (6:15PM) — Roadmap updated with 5-team playoffs due to Qwest moving down to AAA-OAK. All teams will still play 6 regular season games, with Qwest closing out the regular with 6 games in AL/NL. The playoffs will be double-elimination status for the 5 teams remaining. Remember, the first and second round of the playoffs will probably be held in Oakland due to the two SF games played by each OAK team in the regular season.

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SAT 6/4 (12:45PM) — I don’t think I made any changes to the roadmap, but just in case, the latest and greatest has been copied/pasted below. Keep in mind Showtime vs Bandits has to be made up on Fathers Day 6/19 because they both started late…

SAT 5/14 (9:00PM) — Here’s the roadmap for the season for AL/NL. Please note, this the first draft and is subject to change. The feedback that we got from teams was that they wanted to stay in their city more-so than anything else. Yet at the same time, everyone entering AL/NL knows that to play against the best teams, you will have to play against the few cream of the crop in the opposite city: SF and OAK.

We do have 6 teams, but 4 of them are in OAK. In order to maximize the homecourt, we will have the 2 SF teams play against each other twice, for 2 regular season games. Since there are 4 remaining OAK teams, each of the 4 OAK teams will travel to each of the SF teams once, for the remaining 4 games. There will be 6 regular season games.

With 6 regular season games and Dream League’s goal of having a minimum of 8 games played each season, that means every team will get double-elimination for the playoffs.

Back to the regular season schedule, the 4 OAK teams will have played each SF team once for 2 games, then also each other (the 4 OAK teams) once each for 3 games. With one game left, we will make that a repeat between the OAK teams, based on standings.

So, the regular season will end with the SF teams having played 6 games at home and 0 games away. The OAK teams will have played 4 games at home and 2 away. It follows that the first two rounds of the playoffs will be in Oakland. It is just much simpler to do it this way.

Even though the structure of the season is set, to actually schedule the games with every team playing 1 game each week is not easy to do, but certainly mathematically possible, and we’ve done it. The hard part would be to schedule things such that each OAK team got to play one of the SF teams at home and one away. So it’s easier to just play all regular season games against SF teams in SF and save the home-away balancing for the playoffs.

Of course, this is all barring unforeseen circumstances. For example, we are experiencing gym reservation difficulties in SF for the month of June. So if something goes wrong on that front, obviously I can change up what I wrote above.

You can see I matched up the actual 5/8 matchups to adhere to the structure of the 6-team schedule. Showtime and Bay Area Bandits joined late, so they will make it up on 6/19, which is the Fathers Day makeup weekend.

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, with AL/NL we cap maximum height at 6’4″ without shoes. Anything above that, we can recommend you to an “Open” league. People in this division are too tall or too good for AAA, but there are limitations in that no one really has the athleticism to stop anyone above 6’4″ without shoes.

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
5/8 1 e1 at w1 Ballaz 4 Lyfe at Rangers
5/8 1 e2 at w2 Qwest at Frisco’s Finest
5/8 1 e3 at e4 Showtime at Bay Area Bandits swap to 6/19
5/15 2 e3 at w1 Showtime at Rangers
5/15 2 e4 at w2 Bay Area Bandits at Frisco’s Finest
5/15 2 e1 at e2 Ballaz 4 Lyfe at Qwest
5/22 3i w1 at w2 Rangers at Frisco’s Finest
5/22 3i e1 at e3 Ballaz 4 Lyfe at Showtime
5/22 3i e2 at e4 Qwest at Bay Area Bandits
5/29 h holiday NO GAMES — MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
6/5 4 e4 at w1 Bay Area Bandits at Rangers
6/5 4 e1 at w2 Ballaz 4 Lyfe at Frisco’s Finest
6/5 4 e2 at e3 Qwest at Showtime
6/12 5 e2 at w1 Qwest at Rangers
6/12 5 e3 at w2 Showtime at Frisco’s Finest
6/12 5 e4 at e1 Bay Area Bandits at Ballaz 4 Lyfe
6/19 h holiday MAKEUP WEEKEND — FATHERS DAY
6/19 1 e3 at e4 Showtime at Bay Area Bandits swap from 5/8
6/26 6r w2 at w1 repeat: Frisco’s Finest at Rangers repeat
6/26 6r e2nd at e1st repeat: Showtime at Ballaz 4 Lyfe standings-based
6/26 6r e4th at e3rd repeat: Bay Area Bandits at Qwest standings-based
7/3 h holiday NO GAMES — JULY 4TH WEEKEND
7/10 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #6 at #3 Qwst to aaa-oak
7/10 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #5 at #4 in OAK
7/17 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: Winner-#5/#4 at #1 in OAK
7/17 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1: #3 at #2 in OAK
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-WB: Winners Bracket in OAK
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2a-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four 2 worst seeds
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2b-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four winner vs top seed
7/31 p3 playoffs3 Last LB Game
7/31 p3 playoffs3 Championship
7/31 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER BEGIN
8/7 p4 playoffs4 Repeat Champ (if nec.)
8/7 m makeup MAKEUP/OVERFLOW WEEKEND
8/7 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
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