We need to talk...

Thursday, 8 November 2012


The last two months have seen a string of heavy defeats at Fitbaw and when games aren't close, it's less enjoyable for everyone. The picking order we are currently using was working fine when there was more balance to the squad but mainly due to injuries, there just isn't enough balance these days for the formula to work.

A few players have raised this issue to me recently and have been asking questions like:
  • How come the person who picks second gets the last pick as well? 
  • How come I'm always in so-and-so's team?
  • How come I'm always against Steve?
  • How come we're not playing netball?
  • Etc
If players are genuinely unhappy and wanting to take a break because of this, I think it needs to be addressed. It all worked OK at the beginning of the season but it's obviously not working now. So, what do we do.

Here are the options:
  • Someone comes up with a new "formula" for picking the teams:
    • Pros:
      • will hopefully be better than what we have
      • still formula based so not just someone picking the teams themselves
      • no potential team fixing
    • Cons:
      • might not work if the squad's distribution of talent changes again
      • no one has actually got a better formula at the moment
  • Numbers:
    • Pros:
      • no potential team fixing
      • no need for captains to pick teams
    • Cons:
      • potential to end up with very unfair teams
  • I pick the teams:
    • Pros:
      • it worked ok in the past (mostly)
      • able to take into account what the squad is and craft the teams around that
      • able to take into folks that have either played a lot together or against the same person a lot
      • no need for captains to pick teams
    • Cons:
      • thankless task - folk moaned when they thought they were in an unfair side (nearly every damn week)
      • no one else gets a shot of picking
      • potential for team fixing (though I absolutely try to not do that. In fact, I tend to go the other way)
  • Someone different picks the teams themselves each week:
    • Pros:
      • everyone (who wants to) gets a shot at picking the teams
      • able to take into account what the squad is and craft the teams around that
      • able to take into folks that have either played a lot together or against the same person a lot
    • Cons:
      • potential for team fixing 
      • some people are just really bad this (we've tried it before and it didn't work very well)
      • human involvement so still room for moaning
  • Teams are picked by committee in the Idox office:
    • Pros:
      • able to take into account what the squad is and craft the teams around that
      • able to take into folks that have either played a lot together or against the same person a lot
      • not one person controls the teams
      • normally there will be someone from both sides so agree to the selection
      • this is sort of the way it's been done in the past (although this would be more official)
    • Cons:
      • non-Idox folks wouldn't get to pick the teams (hard to have too many people involved)
      • human involvement so still room for moaning
I reckon the last option is the best one. It's basically back to how it was done before but this time with more official oversight so there can be no accusations of dodgy team picking. It won't stop Ross moaning about the teams, of course, but there are some things that you just can't change! ;)

Obviously, a lot of you will just say that I'm overthinking this and just do whatever but despite my best intentions, this isn't a dictatorship and I do welcome your input. So, give input please - don't just ignore this. Have a think and give me a reply with what method we should use.

1 bit of banter:

Steve B said...

The last one was working previously. Switch back to that next season.

For the rest of this season why not make first pick also get last pick to see if that helps.

It might make a difference and then make a call based on a vote at the POTY.

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