My league starts tonight and I'm a little confused by some of the FSPA rules. I've been working with Joe at PAPA who has provided a ton of invaluable help (Thanks Joe if you're on this forum!!!). I've bothered him enough for now, so I thought I would post here for some help.
I was asked if I wanted to run a league so I thought I would throw myself in front of the bus and give it a shot.
The confusion surrounds grouping (I also have questions about playoffs, but that can wait).
The league was dis-banned about 6 - 9 months ago when the people running the league had to step away for other commitments. When we played previously, we had 4 player matches and you were awarded 7, 5, 3, or 1 points depending on how you placed in your group. At the end of the night, your point total was added to your cumulative points and everyone was placed in a ladder format and grouped from there. For example, the top 4 people with the most points for the season were Group 1, the next 4 people were Group 2, and so on.
The FSPA rules seem totally different and are relatively independent of the cumulative points (at least the way I'm reading things).
Section 6.3 states "After each group match, players within each group are re-arranged in descending order based on their effective points earned in that match.", but Section 5.1 & 5.2 appears to define Effective Points differently than Game Points, but doesn't really expand on how Effective Points are handed out...other than getting 2 Effective Points for a forfeit.
Section 6.2 goes on to describe Ladder Rank, which makes sense to me, although they fail to indicate if the ladder rank is determined based on just the previous match points, cumulative points. It also doesn't indicate if you should use Effective Points or Game Points.
If I'm reading this right, most of the group movement has nothing to do with cumulative points and ladder rank? It looks like you group everyone into a ladder, spit them into groups and then move people around from there? It appears as though once you define the ladder, you move the bottom two players in Group A down to Group B and the top two players from Group B up to Group A.
So that means that even though the bottom two players in Group A have more points than the top two players in Group B, the are placed in a lower group?
It just doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps I'm missing something?