styxman wrote:I'm only a junior. I've never directed a tournament. I have no experience in how the behind the scenes action goes, other than at Winnebago's tourney, the JV team times rounds and gets food for it.
How are pools for morning play formed? Random seeding? Coaches' discretion?
I have organized a tournament or two...and how pooling is done has been a big topic of discussion over the years. Since you have opened the pool...I shall jump in.
1. One philosophy is to "seed by reputation"...this means that if you won the 1983 State Championship, you can do no worse than a 5 seed.....and if you are an upstarts that "got lucky" this year, you are still chum.
2. Seed by record. To my knowledge, no one does this (and I can't figure out why)
3. Big schools in one bracket, little schools in another bracket. I tend to see this more and more commonly as you leave the Chicago area. For the past two years, we would travel 90 minutes to Boylan and play the team from down the street. It is disappointing to have all of these teams that you never get to play....and then you never get to play them.
4. Random draw for everyone (of course almost any great team panics at the sound of this....that a few good teams might end up together while the weak end up in a easy pool)
5. Seeding based on a particular tournament's performance: I seem to recall that Loyola's frosh-soph pools were seeded based on the performance of the teams at a particular tournament earlier in the year (with some teams randomized who weren't there)
I for one think that a pooled tournament should be seeded based on record and strength of schedule.....have veryone e-mail records and top teams results, and use it to generate seeds. Even at a huge tournament, you should be able to seed (for example) the top 16 (or so). Some tournaments just will never operate that way.
I think the bigger question is: can you identify the tournaments where the home team ALWAYS plays in the easiest pool.....(this is a rhetorical question...don't post replies)