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    Default ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    Pool Play info: http://piedmontvaasa.org/ASA%2012U%20Pool.pdf

    Does anyone know the motivation behind the pool play format?

    Is it because of the odd number of teams? (23 total teams this year)

    When dealing with 4 teams per pool, it seems that each team playing each other once would be the fairest format to set up bracket play. (3 pool games)

    This year's Eastern Region Nationals has one scheduled game then winners play each other and losers play each other. (almost guaranteeing a 1-1 record for two of the four teams)

    I'm assuming the one pool of three teams throws a wrench into the system.

    Being a Regional Championship with only 23 teams, it seems like a 5 game minimum would be doable. (assuming that the current setup is a 4 game minimum and assuming that the tournament is double elimination)

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    12u OHIO teams playing

    Explosive Fastpitch Black
    MC Madness
    Central Ohio Ice 98
    Central Ohio Hawks 98
    Cincy Static 98

    12u Jaguars (not sure if it's the same Jefferson area team or not)

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    It is common (perhaps policy?) in ASA national tournaments to have 4 team brackets, with winners playing winners and losers playing losers second game. The loser of the winners game is the #2 seed, and the winner of the losers game is the #3 seed. Don't think they are going to schedule any more games than they have to ...

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    This is exactly how the Northern is run also. Makes sense- just win first game and guarantee yourself no less than a #2 seed!

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    I guess it makes sense if it is policy and the brackets play out that way.

    Is there really a fair way of setting it up? How many times have we seen the two best teams get put in the same pool together?

    Since many of us will have an 8 hour drive, it would be nice to see a 5 game minimum.

    It is what it is ....... good luck to all of the Ohio teams.

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    Quote Originally Posted by geowardjr View Post
    I guess it makes sense if it is policy and the brackets play out that way.

    Is there really a fair way of setting it up? How many times have we seen the two best teams get put in the same pool together?

    Since many of us will have an 8 hour drive, it would be nice to see a 5 game minimum.

    It is what it is ....... good luck to all of the Ohio teams.
    Just Win and you'll get your 5 games. In my opinion, if we aren't winning, let's not stretch the trip any longer than what it needs to be.
    Do it right, the First time !!!

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    Quote Originally Posted by OP View Post
    This is exactly how the Northern is run also. Makes sense- just win first game and guarantee yourself no less than a #2 seed!
    GAPSS was the same way. I like the format also.
    Do it right, the First time !!!

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    Default Re: ASA EASTERN NATIONAL - Salem, Va

    Quote Originally Posted by Catalyst View Post
    Just Win and you'll get your 5 games. In my opinion, if we aren't winning, let's not stretch the trip any longer than what it needs to be.
    good point

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