Create a head-to-head schedule for 7 teams over 10 weeks?
September 21, 2010 3:13 PM Subscribe
How do I go about creating a schedule for head-to-head matchups for a league with seven teams over ten weeks?
posted by lulz to sports, hobbies, & recreation (8 answers total)
I inherited "commissioner" duty for this sports league that previously had 8 teams. One team dropped out last minute. We played the first week of games last week (giving one team a bye).
Been busy at work and figured I'd take care of it next week and just get the first week of scheduled games out of the way.
It is now time to take care of it and I still don't have the time to deal with this. Someone else started dealing with it but said he was running into problems with some teams having 9 games while others had 10, one team playing another 3 times, etc.
Is it possible for seven teams to play the same number of games over ten weeks in a relatively balanced manner (such that we can have a playoff for the top 4 teams that is relatively fair).
We have the field for four hours and each game is an hour, so if necessary we could have an extra game where one (or more) teams ended up playing twice in the same week. But this is not ideal. Also we could condence the playoff to a single week and thus add an 11th week to the season if that would help?
Anyway, I haven't given this any thought, but it seemed like either a straightforward/easy problem or an interesting problem. Haa I doubt this ends up being the case and I would not be surprised to see this question deleted. I searched google and askme but have no idea what term to use to describe this type of problem...