As per Tsitshoh's response - give examples - everyone talks about problems but no one ever really gives concrete data that we can review and comment on.
Remember that if you are within 5 goals of another team, you are considered to be at the same "level" according to the OLA's (Marion's) rules of thumb! So a 10 goal differential is nothing in an A/B, B/C or C/D tournament - probably could see 15 goal spread between a strong B(C) and weak C(D) team.
You would really have to review all of the scores from any particular tourn division and compare them to the prelim ratings going in to see if there was a ratings problem. Then you also have the issue that teams can change over the course of a few months - from time of tourn registration to time of actual play and then even more from the first tourn of the season to the last. A team can easily jump 1 to 1.5 divisions - especially at the C/D to B- levels.
Normally a good coach or manager WANTS to pick the right level of competition but often registration lead times and tournament availabilities conspire to cause problems that no one is happy with - no doubt there are a few coaches/managers whose motives are not always the best for their teams (or lacrosse in general) but I really think these are few and far between. Remember, "Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence" (or circumstrances beyond anyone's control)!
Posted on Jul 1, 2010, 5:12 PM from IP address 22.214.171.124