Posted by Coach on May 19, 2017 at 11:25:29:
In Reply to: Re: Easy Schedules posted by Just Wondering on May 19, 2017 at 08:32:32:
: : : : : : I see so many coaches that dont enter harder tournaments because they dont want to lose games. They also schedule non league games that they can win by 30-40 points. Coaches challenge your kids stop trying to coast to an easy 20 wins when really you season isnt as successful as your record. Strength of schedule matter and you should be trying to out play/out coach other teams.
: : : : : So many seeded teams did not make the playoffs because they were under .500. The ultimate goal is to get in the playoffs. You can out coach and out play teams there. If you schedule difficult you are hurting your team on two counts
: : : : : 1) Possiblilty of not being .500
: : : : : 2) Your strength of schedule becomes strong and that gets you more points which puts you in a higher division for the playoffs.
: : : : : Bottom line, in this new flawed system, you do your team a disservice by scheduling difficult. You can schedule a few difficult games but the majority of your games need to be winnable
: : : : Earn an automatic spot based on your placement in league and a record of .500 doesn't matter. Unless you are a D-4 school in a league full of D-1 and D-2 schools and you lose all of your league games every year you really shouldn't be trying to schedule wins. And honestly, in my most humble opinion, unless you are Open, D-1 or a small school none of the other playoff titles are worth much.
: : : Does the 0.500 rule include non-league games? I thought it only applied to your league record. If so, it shouldn't matter what your record is in non-league games which would allow coaches to schedule whatever difficulty level they are comfortable with.
: : : By the way, coaches schedule easy teams because parents like to win. If you don't like your team's schedule, look in the mirror for the problem.
: : The .500 rule refers to your entire record... so non-league games do matter.
: I don't think so. El Monte had a playoff game with an overall record of 11-16. Grand Terrace was 11-14 overall. San Dimas was 10-18. St. Joseph was 9-17 (ouch). I could go on.
There is a fine line with trying to schedule to prepare for league and the playoffs while also trying to secure enough wins to actually make the playoffs. Everyone's situation is different. If you are an okay team in a horrible league, and you KNOW you will finish in the top half and auto qualify, you should schedule tough. If you are that same team, but in a very tough league, well then you might want to try and schedule a few easier games to help ensure you make the playoffs. But by doing so, maybe you don't really prepare yourself for that tougher league and possible playoff opponents. Hence, the fine line. Also, as someone alluded to earlier, everyone likes to win, especially those pesky parents. ;)
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