What is the best and fairest Standings/Ladder Method for a LL regular season competition?
Taking into account possible uneven number of teams/byes and washouts that some teams cannot make-up.
I'd like to know what methods for Standings/Ladders that other LL's use as well Pros and Cons on varying methods. My understanding is that Williamsport does not direct Leagues to use any particular method.
We are still waiting to confirm final team numbers.
At I guess I'd say 8 MAJORS, 2 games a week, Final 4 to playoffs
10 MINORS, 1 game a week, Final 4 to playoff.
"Is there a reason the Minors are only playing one (1) game a week?"
Good question LU.
As I will be the person scheduling our League, I'd like to see Minors play more than 1 a week.
However, you have to remember, this is Australia, not USA or Dominican Republic where baseball is more popular. Baseball here is still only ranked about 12th to 14th as a popular sport for the majority of the public here. For most of the kids, baseball as a summer sport is just something to stay active outside the Footy season.
Also, during summer, baseball is just a second sport to a lot of kids also that do Cricket, Competition Swimming, Field Hockey, Nippers ( Junior Beach Life Saving ).
At the 9-10-11 age we have to balance Baseball burn-out factor Versus Development factor based on our current sports demographics.
To go off on a tangent......
I never liked the idea of limiting teams in the playoffs. I think every kids should get to play a playoff game. They're fun. Everybody gets hyped up, the crowds are bigger and everything is more important. It's good stuff for fans & players alike. It also keeps interest going, especially if you're on a team that's not doing so hot during the regular season. I would suggest one of two scenarios:
1 - All 8 teams and use a double elimination format
2 - Have two 4 team playoff double elim brackets (or pool play) and each have their own "championship". When I coached youth hockey we were in a 34 team league split into two geographic divisions. At the end of the regular season they divided all the teams up into 4 (or 5) team groups according to final record. You got to play playoff games against teams with similar talent levels. It was a blast & I highly recommend that.
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