Mark just notified me that Mike and Lila have dropped out of the Monday Night Jack and Jill Scotch Doubles league. All games they have played, six, will be rolled back to forfeits. Until the end of the first half of the season, any team that was scheduled to play them will receive a forfeit if you pay for your match. They will be replaced by BYEs for the second half of the season. If you play in the league, make sure and check the schedule before you go to your Monday night match as it might have changed,
Rob has donated one of his personal collection to raise money for the State Camp out we are having for Son's of the American Legion. He is offering the stick and case for the first $200. DO you need a stick? Want to help out the charity? This will go fast so put in your bids now.
Well we are almost through the season again. This is the time when we ask you to RSVP for the banquet and end of season awards. Also, this is the time we do Sportsmanship voting. This week the standings will include an RSVP for dinner and a voting sheet. Please take the time to fill these out and include them with this weeks score sheet in the envelope. Each person that pays their $5 to play, gets to vote on Male Sportsmanship and Female Sportsmanship. Teams that have a BYE this week, you will receive your voting sheet next week. All others must vote this week. Over the next few weeks there will be an RSVP sheet with the standings. Usually, for about three or four weeks this is included to give players time to invite guests and look at their schedule. Please turn these in with the weekly score sheet in the envelope as soon as you are able. This gives us a good idea of how much to budget for the banquet. Thanks for all your help and I will see you soon on the tables or at the End of Season Event.
Thursday is the start of the new APA league that has come to Mohave County. They plan on starting small with 4 teams in house at the Tack Shed. With all the talk it might be hard to even get on a team. And, with three sessions in a year each division will be small. Eight (8) teams at three seasons of 15 weeks makes 45 weeks and there are only 52 in the year. That only leaves two weeks in between seasons and one holiday week. So it will be similar when we had Tuesday night in two divisions.
Pool is growing in the area with lots of choices. And that good for players like us. We can play almost every day of the week now. And we don't have to drive to Bullhead City.
See you on Thursday.
In all the leagues we have had several discussions on forfeits and how they might change the game. In the BCAPL/ACS Tuesday Night league, if there is a forfeit, the team that showed up get their average plus 10%. Not 160 points and 16 wins. The Friday Charity league has a no forfeits policy, recently changed with a now call no show rule. But lets take a look over the years at what forfeits might have done in the past.
A new formula was added to past Charity league team standings. Showing what would happen if so many games were given free. Remember that a forfeit would be 10 free games. Minus the fact that you might of won some of those games. So a better team would only really be getting 3 or 4 games. And a team in last place would get 8 or 9 free games. But even after looking at 7 seasons of the last 6-8 years, I find very little evidence that one forfeit can make a difference. In fact, most seasons the game spread was 20, 30, 40, even 90 games. That is to say that it would take that many games to have moved from 2nd place to 1st place. And teams after 2nd place needed even more free wins for the places to change.
There was a few close seasons. First Place and Second Place in 2011 was separated by 1.25%. Second Place would have needed 13 free wins to take First Place. That is at least 3 to 4 forfeits. Even closer was a match in 2015. First Place had 68.57% and Second Place had 67.30%. A difference of 1.27%, but still 11 games to make a change. And last year, there was a season even closer. Second Place was 0.48% out of First Place. This still would have to be 5 free wins to overtake First Place. First, Second, and Third Place teams lowest wins are 6 in a week. Very rare do they have a week where they did win 6 or more games. This still means that one forfeit did not change the standings. And, since you can only play your own team once in a season, fake forfeits have little chance of changing the standings.
But, since the elimination of them in the Charity league. The standings are much closer then they have ever been. And, that in it's self change be a big game changer. Teams see a big spread and they tend to give up. When two teams battle and they think they can make a change they will bring out what they never have before. Close races makes for exciting games.