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04/06/2010 10:05:17 AM · #151
Can someone please explain the play a little more in depth?

What I understand: teams are arranged into divisions, and for the first six weeks everyone competes.

How are the divisions organized--Is there a top division with the highest 6 scoring teams and a bottom division with the lowest and divisions in between? Or is everything split pretty equally in the divisions? In other words, are the teams with an average of 78% primarily competing against teams with averages also in the 70s, or will you be competing against a mix of all percentages each week?

Do they only compete with in their divisions?

Is there any cross-division competition before the playoffs?

I wasn't able to find this in the FAQs.

Thanks!!


04/06/2010 10:19:28 AM · #152
Originally posted by Chinarosepetal:

My team in Season 1 was The Euro Squadron - I was waiting for a call up but I've just noticed that none of the others have been active for over a year :( ....I'm in the pool if you want me :/

Can you not get your old team up and running if you're the only one left? I'd happily join if you'd take a rookie in off the street.
04/06/2010 10:21:40 AM · #153
Originally posted by jeger:

I'd be happy with 4-5. Any higher might make it hard for teams with 7 players to meet the minimum.

True! I wasn't considering there would be teams of only 7 players.
04/06/2010 10:33:44 AM · #154
Available in the free agent pool. Anyone looking for members?
04/06/2010 10:48:38 AM · #155
Originally posted by vawendy:

Can someone please explain the play a little more in depth?

What I understand: teams are arranged into divisions, and for the first six weeks everyone competes.

How are the divisions organized--Is there a top division with the highest 6 scoring teams and a bottom division with the lowest and divisions in between? Or is everything split pretty equally in the divisions? In other words, are the teams with an average of 78% primarily competing against teams with averages also in the 70s, or will you be competing against a mix of all percentages each week?

Do they only compete with in their divisions?

Is there any cross-division competition before the playoffs?

I wasn't able to find this in the FAQs.

Thanks!!

I'm not an authority, but based on the past, here is an overview. (If there are errors here, someone please correct the bad data.)

DPL2 teams will be a sum total of a multiple of 24. (24, 48, 72)
All teams will be arrayed (seeded) by their average percentiles. I'm certain there will be Divisions. And then, Divisions may be divided into Conferences.
There were 3 Divisions, each with 4 Conferences in DPL1. Six teams in each Conference was the arrangement.
If the size of each Conference is six teams, then there will be five (5) rounds in league play. Each team goes head to head against the other five teams in their conference... one at a time.
The win-loss record in your conference determines whether a team advances to the championship playoffs. I'm certain there are tie breakers.... maybe head-to-head record.
Each Division has a championship playoff. In DPL1, the Divisions did not play outside of their respective Divisions.
What we don't know is how many multiples of 24 teams we will have. I'm certain that number (24, 48 or 72) will affect numbers of Divisions and Conferences. I do expect there will be six teams in each Conference. It's possible that if we have only 24 teams, there may be only one Division with four Conferences.

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04/06/2010 11:16:24 AM · #156
Originally posted by hahn23:

DPL2 teams will be a sum total of a multiple of 24. (24, 48, 72)

That's right -- I remember now how for DPL 1 there were 71 teams formed and several captains trying to get a full roster to form the last team. Team 72 turned out to be my team -- the last to be formed and the lowest seed number! (0.000). Everyone was thrilled because it meant teams 49-71 didn't have to disband. :-)
04/06/2010 11:29:50 AM · #157
Originally posted by bohemka:

Originally posted by Chinarosepetal:

My team in Season 1 was The Euro Squadron - I was waiting for a call up but I've just noticed that none of the others have been active for over a year :( ....I'm in the pool if you want me :/

Can you not get your old team up and running if you're the only one left? I'd happily join if you'd take a rookie in off the street.

Aww, sorry bohemka, I was snapped up instantly ;) Go Team Longshots!!
04/06/2010 11:56:31 AM · #158
I don't think we'll get 72 teams and even 48 will be a stretch. There are 36 atm and 60 free agents for a possible 6 more teams making it 42. There's 60 people missing for another 6 teams to make it 48.

Maybe we should make it a maximum of 9 people instead of 10 for a team. That would free up 42 people for the missing teams.
04/06/2010 12:04:53 PM · #159
wait a couple of days, now the photographers search the best team. when the time will be at the end there will be a lot of new teams in one day...
04/06/2010 12:07:24 PM · #160
Originally posted by Jac:

I don't think we'll get 72 teams and even 48 will be a stretch. There are 36 atm and 60 free agents for a possible 6 more teams making it 42. There's 60 people missing for another 6 teams to make it 48.

Maybe we should make it a maximum of 9 people instead of 10 for a team. That would free up 42 people for the missing teams.

This is all new to me as a green guy, but from my perspective people are scrambling to get on a team, any team, so the existing teams are maxed out quickly at 10, when all that is required is seven.

What does it take to start a team? If more teams had been created from the beginning there would be a more even distribution, and that 48-team level would have been more easily reached.

Would have made more sense to select 48 captains and let the teams fill out, as the structure of the competition format is more important than whether you've got 8, 9, 10 or even 11 on a team.
04/06/2010 12:13:22 PM · #161
Originally posted by Jac:

I don't think we'll get 72 teams and even 48 will be a stretch. There are 36 atm and 60 free agents for a possible 6 more teams making it 42. There's 60 people missing for another 6 teams to make it 48.

Maybe we should make it a maximum of 9 people instead of 10 for a team. That would free up 42 people for the missing teams.


Assuming each team already has 10. Mine has 9 at the moment. Others may only have 7.

Also, I think a lot of people aren't in the FA pool. You can invite any user of the site. So some may be invited, but not showing in any list.

I'm not sure why we have such a high multiple, factor.

24 = 4 divs of 6 teams each. five round robin rounds. results in 4 winners which then face off.

As long as we have an even (4x, 6x, etc.) multiple of 6, we should be ok and then do byes or wildcards to round things out.

So if there were 36 teams, that would be 6 6-team divisions. We would play 5 rounds and end up with 6 winners. Then to fill out the bracket to 8 (8-4-2-1), we add two wildcard teams, ala football (American). Really, the same could be done with 42 teams, 7 divisions and then simply have one wildcard to give us 8.

How would 72 work?

72 teams = 12 6-team divisions = 12 winners. Playoffs are then 12-6-3 (OOPS!, odd number. We'd have to pad the 72 teams with 4 wildcard teams to get to 16 OR drop 4 winning teams to get to 8 to have an even bracketing.
04/06/2010 12:18:16 PM · #162
Originally posted by bohemka:


...What does it take to start a team?...

Any subscribing member can start a team. It's an excellent system which facilitates the invitations and acceptances. I think more members will step up to create teams. Maybe they don't know they can! If you are a member, just go to the League Page and check out the DPL links menu on the upper left. Put together a dream team! Teams will be seeded into Divisions and/or Conferences according to their level of competition. The system allows teams to compete with their equivalent peers. This is a very fun and educational experience. Teams get to exchange constructive criticism and offer suggestions for improvement to their teammates on challenge entries. Of course, in exchange for that, teams are not allowed to vote on each others' images in the challenge. But, the educational aspect of the "allowed collaboration" in a private forum is the HUGE benefit of participating in the DPL.
04/06/2010 12:35:31 PM · #163
I see that a new private discussion thread has been opened for my team. Unfortunately when I click on it I am given an "Access Denied" message that says "You do not have access to read this thread". Any suggestions? Anyone else seeing this?
04/06/2010 12:37:42 PM · #164
Originally posted by BAMartin:

I see that a new private discussion thread has been opened for my team. Unfortunately when I click on it I am given an "Access Denied" message that says "You do not have access to read this thread". Any suggestions? Anyone else seeing this?


We'll have access to them only when the league starts on the 12th.
04/06/2010 12:41:35 PM · #165
Originally posted by BAMartin:

I see that a new private discussion thread has been opened for my team. Unfortunately when I click on it I am given an "Access Denied" message that says "You do not have access to read this thread". Any suggestions? Anyone else seeing this?

Same message for me, too. But, I didn't expect the private discussion thread for my team to become active until Monday, April 12. While my team has been "finalized", I think there is another step of becoming "activated". That will happen no later than April 12. We really don't need the forum until the Member challenge of Midngiht, April 12 is announced. Then, we shoot for that challenge and the two open challenges announced midnight April 14. Those comprise the first round. By April 12, we'll know who is in our conference and which team we go head-to-head with in Round 1. But, until that all happens next week, things will be in flux, as more teams are formed and more members join up somewhere.
04/06/2010 06:04:45 PM · #166
just curious....

Can a person still be added to a team if it's already finalized but it has less than 10 members?
04/06/2010 06:05:37 PM · #167
I believe it said in the rules that you can add members if you're still below the 10 person mark.
04/06/2010 06:11:13 PM · #168
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

just curious....

Can a person still be added to a team if it's already finalized but it has less than 10 members?


Yes
04/06/2010 09:53:56 PM · #169
Wow, some excellent photographers still in the free agent pool!
04/07/2010 07:58:17 AM · #170
Currently there are 43 users in the free agent pool.

A total of 37 teams have been created so far, and 29 of those are finalized.

Note: Just 4 days and 16 hours to go until sign-ups close.

Will it make it to 48? I would have thought so but I'm wondering now.
04/07/2010 08:07:46 AM · #171
If it doesn't make 48, I think the idea of a couple of wild card teams in the playoff is an excellent one! I was thinking there should be some even if it did hit 48.

Oh my, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Nutzito is still on the market? How can that be?
04/07/2010 08:12:54 AM · #172
Originally posted by vawendy:

If it doesn't make 48, I think the idea of a couple of wild card teams in the playoff is an excellent one! I was thinking there should be some even if it did hit 48.

Oh my, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Nutzito is still on the market? How can that be?


he have an invite from ISO Team we wait his response
04/07/2010 08:13:24 AM · #173
Originally posted by vawendy:

If it doesn't make 48, I think the idea of a couple of wild card teams in the playoff is an excellent one! I was thinking there should be some even if it did hit 48.

Oh my, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Nutzito is still on the market? How can that be?


I believe that he have received many invitations. Maybe he is considering where to go.
04/07/2010 09:37:47 AM · #174
Worth while mentioning that Australia A still has a few spots remaining so if there are any other Aussies/Kiwi-Aussies looking for a team, let me know
04/07/2010 01:25:18 PM · #175
A question for the Administration: An email message was sent to all previous participant in DPL1 informing them of the launch of DPL2. A significant portion of DPL1 participants have moved on. Are there any plans to inform the rest of the DPChallenge membership of the fun and educational opportunities? Certainly, there are many members who would like to know about the DPL2 season, while there's still time to create a team, join a team or sign up as a free agent. Not everyone stops in to read the forums.

Message edited by author 2010-04-07 13:38:10.
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