Thursday Men’s Managers,
The scheduling format for the Thursday Men’s league has been a topic of discussion lately. We are, and have been for about 5 years, running an interleague schedule. The higher seeds in the A play a couple of games vs. the higher seeds in the B. The lower seeds in the A play a couple of games vs. the lower seeds in the B. The higher seeds in the B play a couple of games vs. the higher seeds in the A and C. The lower seeds in the B play a couple of games vs. the lower seeds in the A and C. Because we have (had) 6 teams in the A there are 2 instances where a low seed A team will play a high seed C team.
My question to you is a simple one. Would you prefer to play games only in your division or do you like the interleague play format? This question is being posed to 13 Thursday Men’s managers. Majority will rule for the summer season.
From the 10 responses I've received thus far, 5 prefer interleague or 'limited' interleague play. By limited I mean fewer interleague games and/or interleague between B and C only. As there are only 2 interleague games now, that would translate to only 1 interleague game. These responses came from 2 A managers, 2 B managers, and 1 C manager.
3 prefer divisional play only. These responses came from 1 A manager and 2 B managers.
The remaining 3 responses couldn't give a rat's behind. These responses came from 2 A managers and 1 B manager.
Some of the managers gave reasoning behind their decisions. I will share them with you.
1. While the competitive side of my appreciates the chance to play higher competition every now and then I find in most cases that game isn't as competitive as we'd hope. I think Thursday night has a wide talent gap from A and everyone else. I'd vote for staying in your own division or at least C teams never play A teams.
2. My vote is you leave the AMERICAN ALONE and let them play each other 5 or 6 teams. We do not want to move up. Their is barely ANY gap in talent from National to Patriot so intraleague between those teams or merge them at this point. To be clear intraleague between B and C but not A
3. Our feeling is we don't mind playing an A team- just not 2 or 3 in one season like the top seeds in B have to. Is there anyway we could tailor a schedule where we all play once? (In reality, the top 2 B teams play 2 games vs. the A while the bottom 2 B teams play only 1. See conference breakdown below.)
4. It seems as tho inter-league play lets everyone down... is there any way to consider A’s and B’s just playing each other even if it means lopsided scheduling... I would rather play all A teams twice... playing B teams just gives the team a false sense of accomplishment, and a lower sense of urgency. (Just a thought.)
5. Doesn’t really matter to me. I like playing diff teams But also want competition
6. As I see it, interdivision play is worthwhile for several reasons. First, it prevents teams from playing each other over and over again. The repetitious and routine parts of life are generally what people are trying to get away from when they participate in leisure activities. If Softball America limits the dynamic of the experience it is offering, over time people may choose other organizations to pursue a more diverse field of competition. It also gives those players and teams that are trying to improve themselves and move up to play higher competition a chance to measure themselves and develop. It also allows them to prove to themselves and the league administrators when the time comes that they are ready to move up. It also provides the teams in the A that remain there because they are operating with such sort of misconception about their groups ability the wakeup call needed to improve themselves as a team or just accept they are a lower league team and move down. The argument against it is that the higher seeds in each division have a slightly harder regular season than the lower ones in each division. Of course who gets the advantage would flip flop every season if that advantage was as great as they say it is.
7. I don’t mind how it is now. I also wouldn’t mind it if the majority voted to change it. I won’t raise a stink either way.
The interleague scheduling breakdown for Thursday Men's is different than the other leagues because there are (were) 6 teams in the A and 4 teams each in the B and C. The standard interleague scheduling breakdown (2nd pic down) is for 5 teams in the A, 5 in the B, and 4 in the C. This is the team breakdown moving forward.
I will post more results as I get them. I still need to hear from 2 managers. A scheduling format decision will be made at some point thereafter.