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Discussion: WINTER NATIONALS - DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets

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Nov. 1, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
WINTER NATIONALS - DRAFT Game Schedule & Brackets
DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for Session #1 (Men's 65's, 70's, 75's and 80's) of the 2009 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers, FL, have been posted and are available from the links on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the Manager's Meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters discussed there, including Schedule, Rule and/or Format changes ...

The Participating Teams List and Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... Good luck to all!

DRAFT Game Schedules & Brackets (PDF's)

SESSION #1
Men's: 65's | 70's | 75's & 80's
Complete: All Divisions (18 pages)

Nov. 1, 2009
spider9188
Men's 65
16 posts
Dave..do you have a timeframe for when you will have the 50-60 Mens bracket info available?
Nov. 1, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
This week.
Nov. 1, 2009
DoubleL10
Men's 65
811 posts
Dave, The Las Vegas WinterNationals is the following week; any idea of when the field assignments for the various age groups will be posted so we can make reservations? Also, do you have a count of teams by age group and division yet? Thanks.
Nov. 2, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
Next week.
Nov. 3, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
THREE-GAME-GUARANTEE BRACKET FORMATS We have made a subtle change in the Bracket Theory for Three-Game-Guarantee ("3GG") brackets employed in SSUSA administered events. The change affects the "Elimination Bracket" portion of the tournament and is designed to cure an inherent unfairness and be more consistent in the application of the 3GG.

In any 3GG bracket having "Byes" for higher seeds, the schedule theory procedure is to guarantee a third game for any "Bye" team that LOSES it's first game. However, if the "Bye" team wins their first game, the team they defeated was, in effect, given a FOUR-Game-Guarantee. This provision too often created an unintended disadvantage for OTHER teams in the Elimination Bracket.

Beginning with the 2009 SSUSA Winter Nationals and Winter Worlds, there will be "If Needed" games in the Elimination Brackets to prevent the unintended elimination of a team playing it's third game by a team playing it's fourth game after having lost two of its first three. We have clearly marked these "If Needed" games where appropriate. If the noted game does NOT occur, the 'other' team who would have been the opponent simply slides over to the next round of the Elimination Bracket.

Managers should pay close attention to the Bracket Boards, and consult with the Tournament or Field Directors regularly, until this concept becomes familiar. The most common result to be alert for is that an "If Needed" game that is NOT played, MAY accelerate the game time (earlier) of the subsequent game in the Elimination Bracket.

This bracket theory change is in the interest of more fair competition and placing all teams that find themselves in the Elimination Bracket on equal footing. (Of course, for those teams who never find themselves in the Elimination Bracket, the change will go un-noticed!)
Nov. 4, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
DRAFT Game Schedules and Brackets for Session #2 (Men's 50's, 55's & 60's and all Women's Divisions) of the 2009 Winter National Championships in Ft. Myers & Naples, FL, have been posted and are available from the links below and on the event's Tournament Page ... As always, these TENTATIVE schedules are subject to change and become final ONLY when released as "OFFICIAL" at the Manager's meeting the evening before play commences ...

NOTE: Managers who do NOT attend the Manager's Meeting will be presumed to be fully informed on ALL matters discussed there, including Schedule, Rule and/or Format changes ...

SESSION #2
Men's 50's | 55's | 60's
Women's 50's, 55's, 60's and 65's
Complete All Divisions (33 pages)

The Participating Teams List and Master Games & Fields Grid have also been posted ... The 169 entries significantly beats the previous tournament record of 157 teams, set just last year ... Good luck to all!
Nov. 5, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
SESSION #2 REVISIONS were required to remove a team from the Women's Division that is actually playing in Las Vegas and not in Ft. Myers ... Revisions are only at the Cape Coral Sports Complex and affect:

Women's 50's, 55's and 60's - Removed one 55+ team, restructured Round Robin Game game sequencing and altered bracket times and fields for all three of these divisions ... Women's 65+ Division remains UNCHANGED ...
Men's 50/55-AA Division - Changed Round Robin Seeding games for SATURDAY only ... Nominal bracket changes for Men's 50-AA ... Men's 55-AA Bracket remains UNCHANGED

The affected schedules have been re-posted here with a revision date of 11/05/2009 ... The Participating Team List and Master Games anf Fields Grid have also been revised and posted accordingly ...

We apologize for any inconvenience ... Good luck to all!
Nov. 7, 2009
#6
Men's 60
1183 posts
DaveDowell,How have you been ? Hope all is well with you and the family.I will be gone for a few days before the Winter World Tournament bracket is posted,do you have any ideal when that will be posted so I can find out when we play ?
Thanks........Kenny
Nov. 7, 2009
DaveDowell
Men's 60
1039 posts
Kenny ... Sometime this week ... No firm commitment date ... The tournament has simply exploded, even more so than the Winter Nationals ... The current team count (156) is 25 teams over the event record set just last year ... Field procurement/allocation issues are still being resolved ... DAVE
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