So, this is a more constructive rant than my
Team leagues have 3 advantages:
1) New players
3) Head-on-Head Competition.
New players are often afraid of joining a league without
a "support group" (teammates) to encourage them.
Team play allows more time for socializing than singles
leagues do. And, some people enjoy the "mano-a-mano"
competition from 1 team/person facing another team/person,
a la the superbowl. It brings in the e***ment you get
from your NFL team beating another NFL team, even
if you don't participate.
[Of these, I consider the first the most important, and in
fact the only reason I will continue to have a team league
1) Teams fall apart, and have no-shows.
2) Good teams have too many players: you
only play 3 weeks out of 5 (or so).
The first is the worst. You've got a great team, you show
up for your match, and they don't. You don't get to play,
you probably have to pay the league for it, and it's no
fun. Or, you show up every week, the rest of the team
shows up when they feel like it, and at the end of the
season, you're the only one left, and can't play. (Yes,
I've had both happen to me, from both sides).
So you want to play, but you might have to make a trip,
or fall sick. That's why teams that play 5 matches/session
have 7 or 8 players. But, most of the weeks, you've got
6 people waiting on the captain deciding who is going
to sit out. Blehhh.
My solution (applies only to in-house leagues): forget
the 1-on-1 format and replace it by "if you show up,
you play". Your team won't play another single team,
instead, your team plays members from all other teams.
Your score counts towards your individual record and
your team record. Standings have to be done by ratios
instead of totals, of course.
The end-of-season tournament would be the
standard team-vs-team format.
So, you still get the advantages: new players are members
of a team, and get support from teammates, you still
get camaraderie, because you still have to wait around
for your turn to play, and what better to do than socialize
with your teammates, and cheer whoever is playing on.
And the end-of-season tournament gives the head-to-head
competition to those who crave it.
You avoid the disadvantges: if you show up, you play,
maybe even twice(in case of scheduling hassles). If your
team wimps out on you, you can still gain individual prizes.
You don't have to worry about paying for forfeits, because
there are none. (If your team or you don't play enough,
you don't qualify, and so sorry no prize money).
What do y'all think???