Being mere minnows of the UK polo scene, Birmingham struggles to keep a fixed line up for our tournament teams: Black Stabbath and B Team. At various times, different people can’t afford the time or money to travel. To get around this, we devised a seeding system whereby we all voted on each others ability. One wet and windy night last winter, we got together to pool our results:
4. Dan LJ
5. Win$ton Green
7. George (Remember him?)
8. S.Hill (Ditto)
We’ve used this list all through the 2010 tournament season to decide who can go to tournaments, and which teams they play on. For example, at the nationals, the top three formed Black Stabbath, and Ben, Sam and Dan Pistaboy formed the B Team, on account of the others not being able to make it.
This system has worked well for a few reasons. It encourages people to play frequently and improve their skills. It means the most naturally talented or dedicated players get to go to tournaments. It ensures the ‘best’ line-up at any given time.
It also has its downsides. With all that chopping-and-changing, we don’t get to develop as teams. There’s no way to judge how players perform together and build this in to the seeding, with the result that sometimes when I play with Fin and Andy I feel like we all try to do the same things.
We’re continuing with this system for 2011, and will be meeting to vote again in the coming months, but I’d like to try to perfect it a little. Any suggestions? Hmmm….