Hello Everyone. After reviewing with captains, here is the playoff structure:
Div. 1 – Same structure as in past seasons. After the regular season round robin, we will separate into two groups: a) Top 6 teams in Div. 1A, and b) bottom 4 teams in Div. 1B. Div. 1A will play a round robin with the 6 teams, and the top 2 teams in the round robin will come back for the Div. 1 finals. In Div. 1B, we will do a round robin with the four teams, followed by a final game. The two teams not making the final will move down to Div. 2.
Div. 2 – Since we have 12 teams this season as opposed to 10 teams as in the past, we will try a new playoff structure. After the first round robin, we will split into the top 8 and the bottom 4. The bottom four teams (Div. 2C) will do a round robin, followed by a final game. The two teams not making the final will move down to Div. 3. —– Within the top 8, we will split into two groups of 4 teams. The first place team in the regular season will be in one group (Div. 2A), and the second place team in the regular season will go to the other group (Div. 2B). After that, we’ll do a lottery to decide the remaining teams in Div. 2A and Div. 2B. One lottery will determine whether the 3rd or 4th place team in the regular season will go to either Div. 2A or Div. 2B. The second lottery will determine which group the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th place teams in the regular season will go to – either Div. 2A or Div. 2B. – two teams will go to Div. 2A, and two teams will go to Div. 2B., i.e., the 5th and 8th place teams could go to Div. 2A, and the 6th and 7th place teams will go to Div. 2B. The end result is that we will have two groups of 4 teams each, and we will do a round robin in each group. The top team in each round robin will meet for the Div. 2 championship. These two teams will move up to Div. 1. The reason behind the lottery is to avoid teams aiming for specific positions other than first and second place and generally trying to get into the top 8 to have a chance of winning the Division.
Div. 3 – same structure as Div. 1.
Hopefully, the above isn’t too confusing. With Div. 2, I thought of splitting into two groups of 6 teams each and then doing a round robin, but we don’t have enough weeks for this. As well, it leaves out the 7th and 8th place team in the running for the championship.