2011 Fall Sundays Roadmap: REC-O- (Oakland Lower)

TUE 10/4 (12:15AM) — Here’s the roadmap for the season for REC-O-, aka “REC-Oakland Lower”. Each of the 12 teams will play 6 games. All teams will enter the playoffs with double-elimination status and we will try our best not to repeat any matchups during the first round (this is a dreamleague mantra called “schedule diversity”). It will be one gigantic playoff bracket of 12 teams. With double-elimination playoffs, that means each team is guaranteed 8 games played.

WWWD actually entered this division after playing one game in REC-O+. We moved them based on past competitiveness and the fact that they are a special-case early morning team and there were fewer of such scheduling obstacles in this REC-O- division. WWWD will still play six games in this division and they will pay a modest pro-rated extra operational costs fee for the first game they played that turned out to be an “exhibition” (since it was against a team from the “wrong” division).

In the first round of the playoffs, we will have #12 vs #5, then the winner of that vs #4. This means the top four seeds get a bit of an advantage that first round by only playing one game. The championship should occur by 11/20, ahead of the holiday weekend and our specially planned Three-Day Thanksgiving Weekend Tournament (which will hopefully feature a 16-team elimination playoff). Should there be a Repeat Championship necessitated by the double-elimination format, the plan is to have that on 12/4. If teams and their players expect 100% attendance, they should not plan any Xmas vacation until Mon 12/19. Failure to plan accordingly can result in an extra fee for any (championship) games we need to specially schedule for you through 12/18.

If you look at the roadmap closely, you can deduce that future blocks of games (each 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 this lower REC pickup players from other divisions. Since this division is not the “Upper”, you are not allowed to pickup players from other divisions.

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.

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
9/11 pre pre SOFT-LAUNCH OF 2011 SPRING-SUMMER SEASON
9/18 1 e1 at e2 Kryptonite at Warriors-Rec
9/18 1 e3 at e5 Stealers at Hefty
9/18 1 e4 at e6 Dream at What Would Wat Do swap to 10/9
9/18 1 w1 at w2 Rawkats at EFC Berkeley
9/18 1 w3 at w5 No Chance at Aces
9/18 1 w4 at w6 Huff And Puff at Basa
9/25 6i interconf No Chance at Dream w3 at e4
9/25 6i interconf Aces at Kryptonite w5 at e1
9/25 6i interconf Rawkats at Warriors-Rec w1 at e2
9/25 6i interconf EFC Berkeley at Stealers w2 at e3
9/25 6i interconf Basa at Hefty w6 at e5
9/25 6i interconf Huff And Puff at What Would Wat Do bye: Huff, to 10/23
10/2 2 e5 at e4 Hefty at Dream
10/2 2 e6 at e2 What Would Wat Do at Warriors-Rec
10/2 2 e3 at e1 Stealers at Kryptonite
10/2 2 w5 at w4 Aces at Huff And Puff
10/2 2 w6 at w2 Basa at EFC Berkeley
10/2 2 w3 at w1 No Chance at Rawkats
10/9 3 e2 at e3 Warriors-Rec at Stealers
10/9 3 e1 at e4 Kryptonite at Dream
10/9 3 e6 at e5 What Would Wat Do at Hefty
10/9 3 w2 at w3 EFC Berkeley at No Chance
10/9 3 w1 at w4 Rawkats at Huff And Puff
10/9 3 w6 at w5 Basa at Aces
10/9 1 e4 at e6 Dream at What Would Wat Do swap from 9/18
10/16 4 e6 at e3 What Would Wat Do at Stealers
10/16 4 e5 at e1 Hefty at Kryptonite
10/16 4 e4 at e2 Dream at Warriors-Rec
10/16 4 w6 at w3 Basa at No Chance
10/16 4 w5 at w1 Aces at Rawkats
10/16 4 w4 at w2 Huff And Puff at EFC Berkeley
10/23 5 e1 at e6 Kryptonite at What Would Wat Do
10/23 5 e3 at e4 Stealers at Dream
10/23 5 e2 at e5 Warriors-Rec at Hefty
10/23 5 w1 at w6 Rawkats at Basa
10/23 5 w3 at w4 No Chance at Huff And Puff
10/23 5 w2 at w5 EFC Berkeley at Aces
10/23 6i interconf Huff And Puff at What Would Wat Do swap from 9/25
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #12 at #5
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: Winner-#12/#5 at #4
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #11 at #6
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: Winner-#11/#6 at #3
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #10 at #7
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: Winner-#10/#7 at #2
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1a: #9 at #8
10/30 p1 playoffs1 playoffs1b: Winner-#9/#8 at #1
11/6 n note NOTE: CLOCKS FALL BACK 1 HOUR, PDT ENDS
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2: Winners Bracket
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2: Winners Bracket
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2a: Losers Bracket (8th at 1st)
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2a: Losers Bracket (7th at 2nd)
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2a: Losers Bracket (6th at 3rd)
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2a: Losers Bracket (5th at 4th)
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2b: Winners of p2a-LB
11/6 p2 playoffs2 p2b: Winners of p2a-LB
11/13 p3 playoffs3 p3: Winners Bracket
11/13 p3 playoffs3 p3a: Losers Bracket (mini-final four)
11/13 p3 playoffs3 p3a: Losers Bracket (mini-final four)
11/13 p3 playoffs3 p3b: Losers Bracket (mini-final four)
11/20 p4 playoffs4 Last LB Game
11/20 p4 playoffs4 Championship
11/27 h holiday MAKEUP WEEKEND — THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
40874 t tourney THANKSGIVING 3-DAY TOURNAMENT
12/4 p5 playoffs5 Repeat Championship (if nec)
12/4 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2012 WINTER-SPRING SEASON
12/11 o overflow MAKEUP/OVERFLOW WEEKEND
12/11 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2012 WINTER-SPRING CONTINUE
12/18 t tourney SAN FRANCISCO GOLD RUSH TOURNEY
12/18 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2012 WINTER-SPRING CONTINUE
12/25 h holiday NO GAMES — XMAS HOLIDAY
12/25 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2012 WINTER-SPRING CONTINUE
1/1 h holiday NO GAMES — NEW YEARS DAY
1/1 s signups SIGNUPS FOR 2012 WINTER-SPRING CONTINUE
1/8 n new 2012 WINTER-SPRING SOFT LAUNCH
1/15 n new 2012 WINTER-SPRING HARD LAUNCH