League schedule questions

Each league season, we receive calls and emails asking questions such as:
   "How did my schedule end up like that?"
   "Why does our team have to play every team twice?"
   "Why do we have to drive that far?"

There is more to the process than what is listed here, but here is a basic list of the things we attempt to do and the various variables that exist, which play an important role in determining your schedule. Many dedicated weeks throughout the year are spent putting schedules together and questions or complaints do arise, so please see the information below and feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss any questions or concerns further. Generally, people understand the reasons for things better when they can see the big picture, so we have tried to outline some of that on this page.

Primary variables for determining flights
  Number of weeks for the league season

This is important because it determines how many teams can be played into any flight. To have fair standings, it is necessary that each team in a flight plays the other teams in the flight the same number of times.
6-7 week season
Flight of 8 teams - single round robin, takes 7 weeks to complete, no byes. Each team gets 7 matches.
Flight of 7 teams - single round robin, takes 7 weeks to complete, each team has 1 bye week (different week for each team). Each team gets 6 matches.
Flight of 4 teams - double round robin, takes 6 weeks to complete, each team plays every team twice, 1 bye week for each team (generally last week of season). Each team gets 6 matches.
  Number of teams in the level (i.e. Women's 3.5)

The total number of teams changes the make up of the flight break outs.
6-7 week season
12 teams 1 flight of 8
1 flight of 4
14 teams 2 flights of 7
15 teams 1 flight of 7
1 flight of 8
16 teams 2 flights of 8
  Geographic location of those teams

Most teams are willing to travel (within reason) to maintain larger flights, but we try not to have travel for a majority of the matches that is a great distance. We put the teams into the appropriate flight sizes based on where the location of their facility is in comparison to the rest of the teams.
  Number of teams from each facility

If facilities have multiple teams in the same level, we attempt to place them in different flights so they do not play each other during the regular season. Often times, this can not be done due to the other variables listed above, but it is something that we attempt to do.

3.5 level has 32 teams
League season is 6-7 weeks

In this example, we would have several options:
1. Split the teams into 4 flights of 8
2. Split the teams into 4 flights of 7 and 1 flight of 4
3. Split the teams into 3 flights of 8 and 2 flights of 4
4. Split the teams into 2 flights of 8 and 4 flights of 4
5. Split the teams into 1 flight of 8 and 6 flights of 4

Based on these numbers, we would prefer to go with #1 because it would give the most matches for every team and not have any double round robins, but other factors such as geography can change that. If there are 7 teams in the Boulder area and nothing else anywhere nearby, we may have to do #2. The result could be that there is a flight of 4 (double round robin) in south Denver.

Additional driving factors

Most players have historically let us know that they prefer single round robins over double round robins (playing the same team twice), so we attempt to minimize double round robins.
Most players have historically let us know that they would rather drive farther to have a single round robin instead of a double round robin.
We allow facilities to provide us with blackout dates during the season for reasons such as tournaments or court construction. This reduces the number of available courts, which causes the necessity to stagger matches or in some cases, to manipulate bye weeks.
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