2011 Spring-Summer Sundays Roadmap: AAA-SF

MON 7/4 (4:00PM) — Left Coast Hoops will finish out its regular season on 7/10 in the AAA-SF, but will join the A/R-SF for the playoffs. They are currently 0-5 (there is an error in the standings grid) with an average point differential in their losses of 20 or more points. The roadmap below has been adjusted for a 7-team playoffs, since LCH was the 8th team in this division. Also, here are the changes made the roadmap up until now, and the dates on which the changes were made…

5/12 – team code swaps due to 5/15 tip conflicts
5/23 – resched LCH/OTSF
6/1 – pin LCH/OTSF to 6/12 (OTSF non-pmt)
6/7 – swap 6/12 and 6/26 due to Torr bye 6/12
6/8 – expel One Team One Dream (non-payment)
6/14 – move 6/19 Prob/MSF to 7/10 (Prob 6/19 bye)
6/22 – change playoffs to 7 teams

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MON 6/20 (6:30PM) — On 6/14, the roadmap was changed to accommodate Problems’ request to move the 6/19 makeup game vs Monstars to 7/10. That will result in a doubleheader for both teams. All teams will still end up with 6 regular season games, double-elimination playoff status.

Also, Left Coast Hoops will likely join the A/R-SF playoffs. And One Team One Dream was expelled for non-payment, per a previous post.

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THU 6/9 (8:00AM) — One Team One Dream SF has been expelled due to non-payments. As a result, we have crossed out their remaining four games and rematched the four opponents victimized by their future absence: Left Coast Hoops, SF Warriors, ABC Hawks, and Monstars. You will see this with the crossed out, replaced by so-called “leftover matchups”. These are not in the traditional red and green, as we still need the red and green “official swaps” (as opposed to newly created matchups) to balance each other out.

The fallout also results in a swap of the Problems/ABCH and Problems/Monstars games on 6/12 and 6/19, the Fathers Day makeup date. Since Problems is still playing on both dates, there’s virtually no change for them, schedule-wise. ABC Hawks will no longer play on 6/19 but will have a doubleheader on 6/26, partly caused by their late entry into the league at the beginning of the season. Finally, Monstars agreed to now have a bye on 6/12, a game on 6/19, and a natural bye on 6/26 (followed by the league-wide July 4th bye on 7/3).

The natural bye of 6/12 and 6/26 was also swapped between the TorrCats and Monstars. TorrCats wanted a bye on 6/12 due to depletion and it turned out, luckily, that the Monstars wanted a bye on 6/26.

Here’s a list of all changes made to the roadmap since its creation back on 5/12. Scroll down or click the link below to jump down to the top of the roadmap…

5/12 – team code swaps due to 5/15 tip conflicts
5/23 – resched LCH/OTSF
6/1 – pin LCH/OTSF to 6/12 (OTSF non-pmt)
6/7 – swap 6/12 and 6/26 due to Torr bye 6/12
6/8 – expel One Team One Dream (non-payment)

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SUN 6/5 (12:00PM) — The latest and greatest roadmap is below, scroll down or click the “jump” link after this post. Here were the changes made since the first post. Please note, on 6/19 we have Problems vs ABC Hawks. Problems wanted 5/8 as a bye and ABC Hawks signed up late. Here were the changes made to the roadmap since the first post…

5/12 – team code swaps due to 5/15 tip conflicts
5/23 – resched LCH/OTSF
6/1 – pin LCH/OTSF to 6/12 (OTSF non-pmt)

Here’s the explanation for the “extraneous matchup” which is a bye for the One Team vs Rebels matchup. In a 6-game regular season, there are 9 teams that get matched up each week. One has a “natural” bye. Normally you have 9 teams play each other once for an 8-game regular season, but since our format is 6 regular season games plus everyone gets double-elim status (also it’s mathematically impossible to have 9 teams play exactly 7 games each), there’s one week where a matchup ends up with 7 regular season games in the first 7 weeks. So you have to make that matchup a bye. Hope that made sense. In any case, both One Team and Rebels should have 6 regular season games even with this “extraneous matchup bye” for both of them on 6/5. Please count them to double-check.

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THU 5/12 (11:30AM) — Here’s the roadmap for the season for AAA-SF. Please note, this the first draft and is subject to change, based on any unforeseen circumstances for this Sun 5/15. I should know by tonight if there are any such quirks, such as a drastic special request that would cause disruption in the schedule.

We have 9 teams. It is not mathematically possible to have a 7-game regular season schedule, therefore we will go with the traditional 6, then playoffs. It’s pretty straightforward. You will play 6 of the 8 other teams for your 6-game regular season, with one of the nine teams having a “natural” bye each week.

The plan is that everyone gets double-elimination status for playoffs. Assuming 9 teams for the playoffs, the #8 and #9 seeds play a play-in in the first round and the winner plays the #1 seed the same day for a doubleheader. The loser of #8 vs #9 goes to the Losers Bracket with the rest of the losers for the following week, and so on.

I also hereby announce that the #1 and #2 seeds will be determined by the respective winners of the Eastern and Western Conferences. You should know that I simply took the template with the first block of games and copied/pasted the matchups going down the master schedule. There’s no scheming going on. There’s no rhyme or reason. You just want to make sure it all fits. With that, you also try and make sure the byes come out correctly.

This #1 and #2 seeding, like the NBA, adds a bit of flavor to the standings race. It may very well turn out that with the randomness of the schedule as mentioned above, one conference could have a bunch of strong teams and the other conference a bunch of weak teams. The schedule is setup that most (but probably not all) of the Eastern teams actually end up facing other Eastern teams, and similarly for the West. So it is balanced as much as it mathematically can be. Sometimes, it’s not fair. Just look at the NFL almost each and every season. But that’s just how it goes and your team has to learn not to fret about such things. In the grand scheme of it all, after teams have been eliminated deep into the playoffs, #1 and #2 shouldn’t matter. In fact, we could very well get the top two teams at #1 and #2. Again, it is only to add a little flavor to the regular season.

You can see I matched up the actual 5/8 matchups to adhere to the structure of the 9-team schedule. Future blocks of games per week, even this Sun 5/15, 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.

Three teams had asked for a bye on 5/8, yet at the time we only had 8 teams. ABC Hawks registered really late. Thinking there were going to be 8 teams with 3 of them asking for a bye, I had to choose one of the three not to get a bye on 5/8 even though they wanted one. It turned out to be the Rebels.

You can see from the “Wk” column, which numbers the various blocks of games, that I did a fair amount of juggling around the given 9-team template. Marin asked for a bye on 5/15. The block #6, due to the quirk of a 9-team schedule for 6 regular season games, 3 teams take a bye. I chose to have that on 6/5 just due to possibly gym reservation issues coming up.

Also, one team has to take a natural bye on 6/26, which is sandwiched between a makeup weekend 6/19 Fathers Day and the 7/3 July 4th holiday. This could result in 3 straight weeks of not having a game. I chose the ABC Hawks to take that somewhat unwanted bye, since they were the last team to signup. But they’re playing a makeup game vs Problems on Fathers Day. Incidentally, I had already warned all teams not starting on 5/8 that they would probably have to do a makeup game on 6/19.

Remember, this season we are trying to get all the teams to adhere to certain guidelines in each division. For AAA, the guideline is that you should have no one taller than 6’3″ on the floor. At the same time, the 2nd-tallest players shouldn’t be taller than 6’2″. The idea is that teams signup for this team expecting not to have to deal with too many dominant post players at the heights indicated, otherwise those teams should have signed up for AL/NL from the get-go.

In the roadmap below, 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 w2 at e6 Monstars (SF) at Rebels (SF)
5/8 1 w3 at w5 Problems at ABC Hawks swap to 6/12
5/8 1 w8 at w9 Marin at One Team One Dream (SF)
5/8 1 e1 at e7 Left Coast Hoops at TorrCats
5/8 1 bye: e4 bye: SF Warriors AAA
5/15 7 w3 at e4 Problems at SF Warriors AAA
5/15 7 e7 at w9 TorrCats at One Team One Dream (SF)
5/15 7 w5 at w2 ABC Hawks at Monstars (SF)
5/15 7 e6 at e1 Rebels (SF) at Left Coast Hoops
5/15 7 bye: w8 bye: Marin BYE LOCKED
5/22 3 w2 at w8 Monstars (SF) at Marin
5/22 3 w9 at e1 One Team One Dream (SF) at Left Coast Hoops OTSF expelled, 7/10
5/22 3 e6 at e4 Rebels (SF) at SF Warriors AAA
5/22 3 e7 at w3 TorrCats at Problems
5/22 3 bye: w5 bye: ABC Hawks, Left Coast Hoops see OTSF expelled
5/29 h holiday NO GAMES — MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
6/5 6 e1 at w5 Left Coast Hoops at ABC Hawks dh: LCH
6/5 6 w2 at e4 Monstars (SF) at SF Warriors AAA
6/5 6 e7 at w8 TorrCats at Marin
6/5 6 bye: w9 at e6 bye: One Team One Dream (SF) at Rebels (SF) extraneous matchup
6/5 6 bye: w3 bye: Problems
6/12 5 w5 at w9 ABC Hawks at One Team One Dream (SF) OTSF expelled, 6/26
6/12 5 e6 at w8 Rebels (SF) at Marin
6/12 5 e4 at e1 SF Warriors AAA at Left Coast Hoops
6/12 5 w3 at w2 Problems at Monstars (SF) swap to 7/10
6/12 5 bye: e7 bye: TorrCats bye 6/12 LOCKED
6/12 1 w3 at w5 Problems at ABC Hawks swap from 5/8
6/19 h holiday MAKEUP WEEKEND — FATHERS DAY
6/26 4 e7 at e6 TorrCats at Rebels (SF)
6/26 4 e1 at w3 Left Coast Hoops at Problems
6/26 4 e4 at w9 SF Warriors AAA at One Team One Dream (SF) OTSF expelled
6/26 4 w8 at w5 Marin at ABC Hawks
6/26 4 bye: w2 bye: Monstars (SF) LOCKED
6/26 4′ leftover SF Warriors vs ABC Hawks leftover matchup
7/3 h holiday NO GAMES — JULY 4TH WEEKEND
7/10 2 e4 at e7 SF Warriors AAA at TorrCats
7/10 2 w5 at e6 ABC Hawks at Rebels (SF)
7/10 2 w3 at w8 Problems at Marin dh: Prob
7/10 2 w9 at w2 One Team One Dream (SF) at Monstars (SF) OTSF expelled
7/10 2 bye: e1 bye: Left Coast Hoops bye no more
7/10 2′ leftover Monstars (SF) at Left Coast Hoops leftover, dh: MSF
7/10 5 w3 at w2 Problems at Monstars (SF) from 6/12 vs Prob 2nd
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1: bye: #1 LCH to A/R-SF
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1: #7 at #2
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1: #6 at #3
7/17 p1 playoffs1 p1: #5 at #4
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-WB: Winners Bracket
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-WB: Winners Bracket
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-LB: Losers Bracket (low seeds)
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-LB: bye: Losers Bracket (high seed) bye: highest seed
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3-WB: Winners Bracket
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3a-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3a-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 p3 playoffs3 p3b-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/31 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER BEGIN
8/7 p4 playoffs4 Last LB Game
8/7 p4 playoffs4 Championship
8/7 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2011 FALL-WINTER CONTINUE
8/14 p5 playoffs5 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