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:

1. Hyperallah

2. Danwentskiing

3. 4ndy

4. Dan LJ

5. Win$ton Green

6. Malletesta

7. George (Remember him?)

8. S.Hill (Ditto)

9. Pistaboy

10. Mastershredder

11. DFP

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….

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2 Responses to Seeding

  1. Marco says:

    I like this way: it’s really democratic, but at the end I suppose it is better to train well with a fixed-three team. We also play often in mixed teams to change roles and develop countermeasures to your teammate’s play, so everyone is encouraged to enhance his quality. But near the tournaments people who are playing the same team play together to “oil” the machine.

    • danwentskiing says:

      Woop woop! First international comment!

      Yeah, it’s not perfect, but for smaller scenes, I think it has its merits. In big scenes like London, I guess it’s all a lot less formal and teams disband and form all the time. The only problem with training in a set team towards a tournament is that the top team gets used to playing a slightly worse team, when what they really need is to practice against someone slightly better.

      Birmingham needs to travel (to Cambridge and Manchester) more next year…

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