"I can fix all of this in one year guaranteed!!!!!!!!"
Have you discussed your ideas with your club rep? Changes can happen but it won't be through this forum. And to be honest, I think if your idea is to have smaller more even groups and more teams getting a chance to win a championship I don't think that will fly.
Groups of 8 are about what what you have at the Zone level or at an Invitaional tournament. Groups of 16 (generally) at the Provincials work well for scheduling - 3 games guaranteed for all teams and 6 games over 3 days to win the championship. A lot would agree this is a better set up than the old double knock out format.
As for blow outs, I've coached against teams that have blown us out. I even coached one that blew us out in game 1 and we turned around and blew the same team out in the Provincial championship game. I've coached teams that have been blown out for most of the year in Zone and tournament play and have had good runs in the Provincials. I've coached the number 2 or 3 team from our centre which consisted of mostly minors and have been hammered at the Provincials by the one and only team from a small centre that consisted of mostly major aged players. Last year my team got caught up in a switch from 16 to 24 teams for the division. We were about 18th or 19th in that group yet we had a great Provincials. We went out in 3 but they were all great games. Every player that graduated from that team played Junior lacrosse this year. I know for a fact that there are MANY kids playing Junior who never won a Provincials at any level and they're doing just fine.
Every Provincial championship is different and in the end I don't think it matters if the ratings were off a bit or even a lot. Most kids are just happy to say that during their minor years they played teams from across the Province and they won some and lost some. I got blown out as a kid from time to time and I was also on the other end. It happens.
Posted on Jul 21, 2012, 11:51 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52