Playoffs

The playoffs will begin during the final week of the fall season.

Rounds of 64, 32, 16 & Quarterfinals:

Held at the higher seeded players home court

Time arranged between the players.

Round of 64: Between Tuesday, October 8th and Saturday, October 12th

Round of 32: Between Sunday, October 13th and Thursday, October 17th

Round of 16: Between Friday, October 18th and Monday, October 21st

Quarterfinals: Between Tuesday, October 22nd and Friday, October 25th

Semifinals & Finals:

Played at Washington Middle School in Aurora on Saturday, October 26th (Venue is subject to change)

Do not play early rounds if you will be unavailable for later rounds. Defaults ruin the tournament!!

 

Skill levels for playoffs

Stay at the same level: Playoff qualifiers will play at the same skill level for the playoffs as their last season if:

  • they finished their last season with a Player Rating that was below 6.0,
  • OR if it was above +6.00 but they had played the last two consecutive seasons at the same skill level.
  • OR if it was above +6.00 in the Fall Season, but only after they had moved up from a lower level played in both the Spring and Summer Season.  (For example, if a player played at 4.0 in the Spring & Summer, advanced to 4.5 for the Fall Season, then scored a Player Rating over +6.00 in the Fall, they would stay at 4.5 for the playoffs.  This example would NOT apply if the player had played 3.5 in the Spring, moved up to 4.0 for the Summer, than moved up to 4.5 for the Fall.  In that case, if the player had scored a Player Rating over +6.00, they would move up to 4.75 for the Playoffs).  Explanation:  we do not want to penalize a player who makes a sudden improvement after consecutive seasons at a lower level, or who might just have entered a weak division for the Fall Season by chance.  But a player who escalates a skill level each season is showing that they have not really "landed" on the skill level that fits them best all year, and therefore needs to continue to move up.

Move up 1 skill level: Playoff Qualifiers will move up 1 skill level for the Playoffs if they finished their last season with a Player Rating of +6.00 to +9.99.  

Move up 2 skill levels: Playoff qualifiers will move up 2 levels for the playoffs if the finished their last season with a Player Rating of over +10.00. 

Exception to moving up:  If a player has played the last two consecutive seasons at the same skill level,  he/she stays at the same level for the playoffs, regardless of the Player Rating from the last season of play.

Move down a skill level: If a player moves up a skill level for the fall season, he/she cannot move back down to the lower skill level for the playoffs UNLESS 

  • He/she played the spring and summer at that lower skill level 
  • AND his/her player rating for the fall season ended at a -3.00 player rating or lower

Longer Travel Times

Travel times for playoff matches will be longer than 20 minutes because players will be competing against others from different divisions around the Chicagoland area. If you cannot foresee making the extra time to travel to your matches, then withdraw your name from playoff competition.

1st Season Players 

Since our new players rate themselves when signing up, there's a chance that they may unintentionally underrate themselves and start at a skill level that is below their capabilities. This would be a "fast track" to a division win and playoff berth that is outside of the spirit of how the league is structured.

Therefore: 1st season players must play a "ratings match" prior to the season to confirm that they are entering at the right level. If a 1st season player finishes the season with a player rating above +10.00, he will move 2 skill levels up for the next season, or for the playoffs if that is what is next.

 

Qualifying for the Playoffs

Division winners automatically qualify for one of the 32 playoff spots in the tournament. The remaining spots are filled by the leaders of the Wildcard Point Race - those players who have the highest cumulative weighted points for the year.  If there are over 100 players in a skill level, the playoff draw will be expanded from 32 spots to 64 spots.

Note

All singles players must complete a minimum of 4 matches in one season to be eligible for the playoffs.

Playoff Positioning 

Playoff qualifiers are seeded in the playoffs according to the number of Playoff Points accumulated.

Home Court for Playoff matches

Higher seeded player gets home court during playoffs.

Playoff Points Race

There are 32, possibly 64 playoff spots in the Gladiator Playoff Tournament. After the Division Winners from the 3 seasons have been inserted into the draw, the players with the most "Playoff Points" (aka "Wildcard Points")  accumulated over the 3 seasons will earn playoff spots.

Points in the Gladiator Playoff Point Race are “weighted” according to the skill level a player is playing at. For example, if a player plays at the 3.5 skill level, his points earned will be multiplied by 3.5. (e.g. if he earned 70 points, his weighted point total would be 70 x 3.5 for a weighted point total of 245).

FAQ: Where do I find the Playoff Points Race on the website?  Just login, then click the "Playoffs" link near the top of your page, and you will see a dropdown menu of Playoff Points Races for each skill level, Men and Women.

 

Why “weight” the playoff points? 


Playoff Points are weighted for two reasons:

1.  While the league is growing, it might be necessary to combine some of the skill levels into the same tournament. Players that earn points at a higher skill level should be favored to make the tournament over players who earn the same number of points at lower skill levels.

2.  A player may dominate in a lower skill level, earn a high number of points, and then move up to a higher skill level during the year. Points earned while in a higher skill level should be worth more than the points earned at a lower skill level. This is fair to the player, and fair to the other players in deciding who can earn a playoff spot. Below is a scenario of a player moving up to a higher level during the year and how it would affect the playoff Point Total: 

Season 1: 90 points earned at 3.5 level = 315 points

Season 2: 70 points earned at 4.0 level = 280 points

Season 3: 80 points earned at 4.0 level = 320 points

Playoff Point Total = 915 points