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

MON 7/18 (3:15PM) — In case you hadn’t noticed, I had split the start of playoffs here into two weeks. Just scroll down to the roadmap below and you’ll see. Nothing major.

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TUE 6/7 (10:00PM) — Just wanted to state that I have not changed the roadmap for REC-PM since the first post… SAT 5/14 (10:15PM) — Here’s the roadmap for the season for REC-PM, aka “REC-PM 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.

Overall, we had 20 teams which we deemed to be in the “lower” or “pure” REC division. More on that later. Out of these 20, 14 of them wanted early tipoffs. That left 6 with afternoon tipoffs. To just keep things simple, we decided to keep these six in their own division. The reason being, if we mix with the morning teams, that creates a lot of tipoff conflicts and I’m not sure we’d have enough gym time slots to accommodate the narrow overlap in timeframes.

With just 6 teams, I don’t think it makes sense to have a 7-game regular season schedule. You play each team for 5 games, then repeat once. Repeating twice to give you 7 games would just be redundant, and when we repeat, it is best to do it based on standings: 1st vs 2nd, 3rd vs 4th, 5th vs 6th. Then remember playoff start right after that, and you have #4 vs #5 and #3 vs #6, so it’s more spread out that way. If you go with a 7-game regular season, what are the matchups for the 2nd week of repeats? Just too complicated that way.

As a result, with only 6 games in the regular season, we default to all 6 teams having double-elimination status for the playoffs, which upholds the 8-game minimum season that is guaranteed in Dream League.

You can see I matched up the actual 5/8 matchups to adhere to the structure of the 6-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.

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
5/8 1 e1 at e2 JS23 at Lao Ru PM
5/8 1 e3 at e5 Inglorious Baskets at House Of PR
5/8 1 e4 at e6 InYaFace at Rawkats
5/15 2 e5 at e4 House Of PR at InYaFace
5/15 2 e6 at e2 Rawkats at Lao Ru PM
5/15 2 e3 at e1 Inglorious Baskets at JS23
5/22 3 e2 at e3 Lao Ru PM at Inglorious Baskets
5/22 3 e1 at e4 JS23 at InYaFace
5/22 3 e6 at e5 Rawkats at House Of PR
5/29 h holiday NO GAMES — MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
6/5 4 e6 at e3 Rawkats at Inglorious Baskets
6/5 4 e5 at e1 House Of PR at JS23
6/5 4 e4 at e2 InYaFace at Lao Ru PM
6/12 5 e1 at e6 JS23 at Rawkats
6/12 5 e3 at e4 Inglorious Baskets at InYaFace
6/12 5 e2 at e5 Lao Ru PM at House Of PR
6/19 h holiday MAKEUP WEEKEND — FATHERS DAY
6/26 6 e5th at e6th repeat: Rawkats at InYaFace Rawk pt diff -6
6/26 6 e3rd at e4th repeat: House Of PR at Inglorius Baskets standings-based
6/26 6 e1st at e2nd repeat: Lao Ru PM at JS23 standings-based
7/3 h holiday NO GAMES — JULY 4TH WEEKEND
7/10 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #6 InYaFace at #3 House Of PR
7/10 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #5 Inglorious Baskets at #4 Rawkats
7/17 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: #4 Rawkats at #1 JS23
7/17 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: #3 House Of PR at #2 Lao Ru PM
7/17 p1 playoffs1 bye: #6 InYaFace, #5 Inglorious Baskets
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2-WB: Winners Bracket
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2a-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2a-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
7/24 p2 playoffs2 p2b-LB: Losers Bracket Final Four
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