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Discussion: Scheduling games back to back

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Oct. 3, 2019
Bob S.
7 posts
Scheduling games back to back
Is there any reason more tournament games aren't scheduled back to back? I think that no matter what time of the day we play, most players would rather play back to back than sit out, wait, and get stiff. In Las Vegas recently, our team played 8 games in a round robin (where all games were scheduled in advance of the tournament), and only once did we play back to back. It seemed that games for other age groups were interspersed with our games.


Oct. 3, 2019
692 posts
With the normally high temperatures in Las Vegas, we try to not play the older age groups in back to back games in the sun.
Oct. 3, 2019
Bob S.
7 posts

I think you'll find that the older groups would prefer back to back rather than sitting. At least that's what teammates and those on other teams have told me.

Oct. 5, 2019
179 posts
Tim, I agree with Bob S. I would be surprised if you could find an older-age team/manager who doesn't prefer back-to-back, particularly if the two games are the only games for the day.

The older guys stay in the hot sun for about three hours with back-to-back games and almost five hours with a game in-between. Now if SSUSA supplied air-conditioned rooms at the fields .

Mike Sisavic

PS Great job posting the results on the website. You're the best!

Oct. 5, 2019
Men's 65
2862 posts
Maybe I should chip in here since I'm the architect/author of almost all SSUSA Tournament game schedules ... There are a multitude of factors in allocation of game times at a facility, and they are more pronounced when multiple divisions of play are present ... One of the significant ones is, in certain age groups (which I think may include Bob S. and sisvic) teams play with differing levels of pace ... If all of those teams are scheduled back-to-back, all it takes is ONE game to go long, and all of the sudden, TWO fields are now behind as we wait for one of those teams to move to an adjacent field ... It's the "first domino" that falls in a schedule collapse, especially in the older age divisions ...

In divisions of more than (typically) eight teams, it's impossible to play more than eight in consecutive games, even if we were to risk the timing issue above ... Other factors include arranging for USA National Championship games so that the teams involved get a game AND a break before the USA game, honoring multiple "later" or "earlier start requests and trying to schedule regional match-ups so that you play teams you seldom, if ever, see during the season ...

My ideal is to play teams their two games in no more than three time slots, while maintaining balance and fairness for ALL teams at that facility ... It's a giant jigsaw puzzle for Las Vegas (1,987 games for 612 teams this year), so I'm hopeful people can look beyond their own team/division narrowly defined interests in this scheduling philosophy ... Thanks for writing! ...

Oct. 8, 2019
409 posts
Just have all the team bid on game times
Use the money for the second ump on Friday and Sat
Hope you smiled at that one.
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