Mailbag: Automatic Wins At Regionals, Clarifying Rules With Video Review

Should Mac Taylor and Blackbird have received an automatic win over Polar Bears? Photo:

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Question of the Week: Should a team that beats an opponent at Sectionals and then again at Regionals have to play them a third time in a game-to-go? There is already a rule in place that if your team beats another twice during Regionals, a third meeting is an automatic win for the 2-0 team.

My initial reaction is that the team that won at Sectionals and Regionals should advance to Nationals, or maybe if they won two and they win overall point differential, then they advance. I think you would, more likely than not, get the better team by applying the “win two of three” rule.

I also think it is sufficiently ambiguous as to whether beating a team in a semifinal (and playing a harder final and then dropping to play the same team again) is better than losing the semi and getting back up to the game-to-go.

So, what do you think?

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  1. Charlie Eisenhood
    Charlie Eisenhood

    Charlie Eisenhood is the editor-in-chief of Ultiworld.You can reach him by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter (@ceisenhood).

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