Rewriting the Rulebook – Section 3a

Posted: November 5, 2015 in Uncategorized

This is the latest update in the Rewriting the Rulebook project.

3. The National Slammaster will ensure that the Canadian team slam championship are conducted at
CFSW under the following regulations:

a) The pairings and/or slam order for the preliminary, semi-final and final bouts will be determined by a random draw held before the commencement of each round of the competition.

Bout draws!

What this means in practice has changed over time. I really dragged my feet over this one when it changed to advance bout draws.

I used to be that the Bout Draw for Prelims was done on opening night at the festival. I always thought – and still think – that this is the ideal.

I have a mental image of a fully digital display where we do the draw in front of the crowd of poets and the schedule is filled before your eyes.

It is an EVENT.

But… that is not how it really works out. Instead there is a draw that nobody can really follow that only makes sense to the poets after the spreadsheet is filled out and the actual bouts are announced.

I still prefer it opening night… but I am pretty much the only one. 🙂

The last couple of years we have instead done an advanced draw, with the video simulcast over the internet. People seem to prefer that. As said, I don’t, BUT the way I want it, we can’t really pull off anyway. (In fact, the festival organizers chose to start the competition on opening night this year. Doing that ends the possibility of doing the draw at the festival. Oh well.)

So, it appears that advance bout draws are here to stay.

As for the semi-final announcement and draw, always do it asap. Delaying it is just frustrating for everyone involved. There is no upside.

Here is a little about the draw mechanics. I create a spreadsheet in advance where all teams are slotted into two bouts. I have a number of priorities when I create the spreadsheet but sometimes I can’t get them all in, as certain priorities have to be ignored for HIGHER priorities.

They are:

1. No teams face the same team twice in both of their bouts.
2. The placements in the bouts is balanced. If a team gets the 1st spot in one bout, they get the 4th spot in their other bout. The same for 2nd and 3rd.
3. One of a teams bouts is the ‘early’ bout. The other is the ‘late’ bout. (7pm and 9pm usually).
4. A team will not be in the same venue both times.

The further down the list you go, the more likely it will be that a rule will break in order to make the higher priorities work. (There is usually a couple of teams that double up in the same venue. There will sometimes be a team that has both of their bouts at 7 or 9. etc.)

Any disagreements as to the priority order? The first one is set in stone and the second one nearly is, but everything is up for discussion.

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  2. I agree with this priority order. Obviously 1 and 2 are the two most important aspects in my mind. We had both our prelim bouts in the same venue which was kind of unfortunate, because I liked the other venue more. But I’m ok with exceptions being made to accommodate the first two parts of the draw mechanics.

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