March 28, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire, Opinion with 12 comments
In the comments on our post about changing the ranking algorithm, Dan C. vented some frustrations about the bid allocation in the DIII division.
[quote]The completely computer generated algorithm has proven frustrating on the DIII level as well, especially with a general lack of non-region play in the Metro East and New England division. Do they deserve 3 bids a piece when hardly any of those teams have played outside their regions? I disagree. Looking at last years Nationals results the NE and ME region teams placed T-7th, T-9th, T-11, and T-13 where as NC and NW teams (who both faced more diverse competition throughout the season) placed 1st, 2nd, T-5th, T-5th, T-7th, and T-9th. I guess more than anything I’m a NC player who is disgruntled that the region is currently slated to receive just 1 bid when they have 3 very deserving teams in GOP, St. John’s, and St. Olaf (teams who have all played many non-regional games) while a two seemingly less deserving regions (in terms of non-regional play) in ME and NE are earning several bids a piece. Maybe similar results at Nationals this year will sway USA Ultimate to make changes to the bid allocation system. Here’s to hoping…[/quote]