Just taking a poll of what others think about the size of leagues.
I bowl in a 20 lane house in a 16 team league. I also bowl in a 40 lane house in a 34 team league.
The 16 team league is much more competitive, especially given the fact that you are guaranteed to bowl each other team at least twice. The 34 team league used to be competitive from top to bottom when is was smaller. but, the house has added teams to grow it to 34 by closing the Tues and the Wed Mens leagues and combining them with the Mon Mens league. This league is now so large, that we haven't even bowled against every team, and won't. We bowled against 1 team 3 times (including a position night), and have not bowled against 4 other teams at all.
Also, the type of teams that have been added don't measure up to the competitive nature of the original league. Some teams that have been added don't belong with the others because they carry a huge handicap and often, can't compete. They get upset, losing weekly, and end up quitting. This has happened the last 3 years where many bottom teams just don't come back.
It doesn't help that the payout is skewed to the winners and the losers go home broke. But, that's the way it is.
The 16 team league is competitive, but also, the payout is pretty flat, and many teams come back year after year.
So, which do you prefer? A league where you bowl every team twice or a league where you don't bowl all teams?
Edited by Dennis Michael (04/21/14 10:49 PM)
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