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.
The APA has come to Mohave county and is starting to put together a league. APA is the largest amateur pool league. They are starting leagues in Kingman, Bullhead City, and Lake Havasu City. Local players can get more information at the Tack Shed on Sunday at Noon. Before the Sunday tournament.
APA is a match play league using a handicap system that allows players of all levels compete even at the National Level. The scoring is more complex and players are rated and played based on their rating. BCAPL created something similar with the USAPL league. Match play is nice but unlike round robin play you only play one person per night of play. The APA local rep is Shane Powell, who has played for BCAPL and USAPL, and he can explain the differences on Sunday.
When we started the dual sanctioned league, we looked at all kinds of leagues. There was an Arizona league out of Phoenix that came to talk to us. Because most of the money did not go back to the players, we decided to go with developing our own. With the player run league, you can make changes and decide where 100% of your money goes. With a for profit league most of the money is held back to pay for the league operators, franchise fees, national promotion, and the national events. A smaller percentage goes back to the players unless you are one of the ones lucky enough to win. To compete in the Nationals you have to have won your division and/or a regional event to get to the Nationals.
The rules are different as well so expect some adjustment there. Soon we could have a whole other night of play with new and different players. It is exciting to see how pool has grown in this area in the last 15 years.
The Senior Center on Airway now has a 9' table open for play. They are asking for a donation of $1.25 per hour to play. The table was donated and moved just before Christmas, but with all the things going on at that time the table was not available. Come enjoy a game. If there is enough interest, a class could be created. The center provides all kinds of activities for a small donation to keep the community learning, doing, and trying new things.