Los Angeles Organization of Ultimate Teams

Winter League 2016

Winter League is so on!!

The tournament is on Sunday, March 6 at the Field of Dreams in San Pedro.


  • Games to 15, hard cap at 17.
  • Footblocks are NOT allowed
  • 1 time-out per half and one floater. No time outs in overtime.
  • 2 team forfeits and you are out of the league.
  • No games on MLK day or Presidents Day
  • You MUST play in two regular season games to be eligible to participate in the tournament.
  • Team shirts are NOT provided.
  • You do NOT need to be a UPA member to play.
  • You may schedule make up games from rain-outs on your own with the other team’s captain, but there is no official field space to do so.

All games in 2016 are back at Balboa.  Woo hoo!  Gopher holes!

“Dynamic Scheduling” will be used again. This means that you will not know your full schedule in advance.  You’ll only know the first four games, and from then on, future games will be determined based on your performance in previous games.  At no point will you know any games more than four weeks in advance.

The intention for all teams is to have 4/3 all the time.  There’s no cap on the number of women on each roster.  If you have problems getting enough women, please let me know at andybandit@gmail.com.

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  1. Games cancelled tonight. Tuesday, January 19.

  2. Games on for tonight. Wednesday, January 20.

  3. Here’s how Dynamic Scheduling did for 2016. I compared 2014 when we had a three-division format and the last two years of Dynamic Scheduling. 2015 was the trial run and mistakes were definitely made. But it looked a lot better this year across the board.

    Average margin of victory:
    2014 – 6.08
    2015 – 6.86
    2016 – 5.08

    % of games decided by 6 points or greater
    2014 – 53%
    2015 – 63%
    2016 – 29%

    % of games decided by 8 points or greater
    2014 – 33%
    2015 – 39%
    2016 – 18%

    % of games decided by 10 points or greater
    2014 – 14%
    2015 – 23%
    2016 – 4%

  4. Looks like a win in all categories! Nice to have numbers to compare against. I’d be curious to hear if people are still opposed to dynamic scheduling after looking at these numbers.
    Also, 2015 had dynamic scheduling. What’s the difference between 2015 and 2016 in your mind?

  5. I still think dynamic scheduling hurts lower tier teams. I played in 3rd tier in 2014, and in 2015 the vast majority of those teams didn’t come back(~75%) for dynamic scheduling. I don’t know if dynamic scheduling was a main reason, but I think it is definitely more attractive to a beginner team to have a less competitive league.

  6. Yes, there are hardly any lower levels teams any more, and with dynamic scheduling they just play each other multiple times. Is there some way to encourage more lower level teams? Or will winter league just become a league for the upper levels of play?

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