2016 Summer League
I have to admit, I was rather chuffed at how the Summer League turned out this year. With necessity being the mother of invention, I was forced to change the format of the league last year because of the court area renovation, and even though I was skeptical it would work, it actually turned out to be noticeably more successful the team versus team arrangement we are all familiar with.
There were a few major differences. Firstly, the players would still be grouped into teams, however, the players of each team were all of a similar level. So, for example, Team 1 were all ‘A’ players, Team 2 were all ‘B’ players, and so forth. The task of each team was to play as many matches amongst themselves through the season. Teams received 1 point for each completed match, and players could play the same opponent as often as they wished – each result was counted. The players on the team with the most matches completed would receive a prize.
Secondly, on an individual basis, the players on each team were also playing against each other. Points were awarded based on each result, so each team had an internal ranking. Obviously the more matches one played, the more points one could accumulate. The player on each team with the most points would receive a prize.
All matches were self-schedule so the flexibility was helpful too. No longer did the players have the pressure of ‘make-up’ matches from the previous week. Either you played a lot, or you didn’t. Teams took the luxury of organizing mini-round-robins on some days and could knock-out many matches at once. It’s the stats that always tell the tale, so check these out:
- We had 100 players in the league. That beat the previous summer league record of 90 set in 2014.
- Overall, there were 443 matches completed. Amazing. That worked out to be an average of 27.6 matches per week. (Total of 16 weeks.)
- The winning team - Team 7 - completed 97 matches. Also amazing.
- Team 5 played the least amount of matches with just 8. Not so amazing.
- Three of the teams made up 58% of the total matches.
- Only 2 of the teams had all 10 players complete a match.
- 11 players did not play any matches. That is especially disappointing considering there were 4 people who couldn’t get in because it was full.
- David Zack (Team 7) played the most matches – 43.
- Ryan MacVoy (Team 4) scored more points than any other player in the league – 164
- The 2 players who played each other most often were the MacVoy brothers. Ryan and Zac played each other 14 times. Ryan won 11 of them. Only three of the 14 results were 3-0, so it was clearly competitive.
Congratulations to this year’s winners:
1. Winning Team 7: Jim Fair, Jason Trombley, John Stelter, David Zack, Han Peng, Glen Milligan, Ted Mabley, Julie Vande Vusse, Gus Ploss, Pat Hughes.
2. Winning Players: Team 1 – JC Tibbitts; 2 – James Van Dyke; 3 – Jerry Rock; 4 – Ryan MacVoy; 5 – Mike Cooney; 6 – Eric Scheible; 7 – Julie Vande Vusse; 8 – Howard Kaplan; 9 – Matthew Turnbull; 10 – Shaun Dillon
This should encourage more participation next summer. The format works, you can play as often as you please, and the incentive is there to play for yourself as well as your team. Plus, it’s a great way to keep in match shape. Otherwise, we’ll see you this fall and winter jam the courts up like never before!