I field a lot of phone calls and emails throughout the season about player additions, qualifications, and eligibility. 9 times out of 10 the answer is in the rules and the person is just hoping that the answer might be different by email or phone. The expression, IT DOESN’T HURT TO ASK, is one that is used frequently with NARCh. The answer is always the same and it’s very taxing and difficult to constantly tell people no, especially when they’re nice in their approach and in many cases what they’re asking wouldn’t even better their team.
As I stated in a prior blog one of the most anticipated divisions for me would be bantam gold. There are a ton of teams, they’re from absolutely everywhere, and they’ve never played each other. Besides those awesome facts, what made it most intriguing for me is that I thought they would be equivalent in talent. Parity.
The bantam gold prelims have now played out and here are some facts that I’m proud of.
Out of 50 preliminary games we did not have 1 mercy rule.
Alkali XDH from CA went undefeated and grabbed the #1 seed. Their game scores were: 6-2, 5-2, 4-3, 5-0. The only other team to go undefeated was OD Daredevils from CO. Their game scores were 2-1, 3-1, 7-3, 4-2.
Only 2 teams out of 25 did not win a game. The #25 seed had scores of: 1-3, 1-4, 1-6, 1-5. The #24 seed had scores of: 1-3, 4-5, 3-4, 2-4. Read that again please. The 24 seed out of 25 teams was in a tight game every single game and I’m sure with a bounce or two here or there they would be in the playoffs instead of being the next to last seed.
This is honestly the most difficult part of my job but also the most rewarding when it plays out like this. Nobody can argue that they didn’t belong in this division and nobody can argue that any of the teams in this division did not belong in it. Every single team had a great chance to make playoffs.
The best is yet to come with playoffs starting soon.