We are constantly looking at the way we schedule matches in our leagues as well as the format we use for pairing teams. Previously, we used a “Hybrid Swiss” system which scheduled matches between teams in blocks throughout the season. The beginning of a block only allowed a couple of days of matchup info, while the later end of a block gave you several weeks of upcoming matchup info.
The new swiss pairing system will be instituting regular swiss scheduling with a 1 week delay so you’ll always know your next opponent one week ahead of time.
New Matchup Structure
The season will begin by scheduling Week 1 and 2 of matches. At the end of Week 1, once all matches have been completed, the schedule will generate your Week 3 matchup. At the end of Week 2, the schedule will generate your Week 4 matchup, and so on:
Season Start, week 1 + 2 scheduled
Week 1 complete, week 3 match scheduled
Week 2 complete, week 4 match scheduled
Week 3 complete, week 5 match scheduled
Week 4 complete, week 6 match scheduled
Week 5 complete, week 7 match scheduled
Week 6 complete
Week 7 complete, Playoffs scheduled
A Reduction In No-Show Forfeits: As the season begins and develops, teams may unenroll for any number of reasons. With the old hybrid-swiss set up, it was extremely difficult to adjust for teams dropping out once the schedule was generated. This would often result in a large number of matches turning into forfeit wins for teams since their opponents had unenrolled. In the new system we generate matches on a weekly basis. This allows us to proactively look at team activity and reduce the number of forfeits that occur for matches against an opponent who may have dropped out of the competition.
Create Fairer Pairings: In a swiss style format, the system attempts to create the fairest matchup by looking at the current standings of the league at the time of match creation. This means that the teams that have a high number of wins will be paired up against similar opponents while teams with high losses will also be paired up against similar opponents. While our old hybrid swiss format worked to create matches within these parameters, we wanted to continue to improve our matchmaking for all of our leagues. The new swiss format in Spring 22’ will continue to more actively look at current team standings when creating matches to ensure the most competitive match ups possible.
Reducing Schedule Crowding: We noticed across multiple leagues that coaches would attempt to schedule as many matches from the schedule block as possible within the first week of that block. In some situations, we were even seeing teams schedule all 3 weeks worth of matches into 2-3 days of the first week within that block. While we understand that sometimes rescheduling is needed in order to avoid team time conflicts, we want to give all the players the best possible competitive experience throughout the season.
We are here to support you! While we continue to be player focused, we want to ensure that all players have a fair chance and time to compete, reflect, practice, and improve before each of their matches.
For more support with matchups, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.