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1999 GCLA Playoff Format

A format designed to maximize
participation and fun !

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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

The 1999 GCLA PLayoff format is one designed to not only
determine the GCLA Championship, but also to maximize the
participation and fun of all member GCLA teams.

The champions of the Eastern and Western Conferences
will each recieve automatic berths in the semifinals. The 
second-place teams of each conference will then be the top
seed of their qualifying brackets. Every GCLA member team
will be placed in a qualifying bracket according to the 
criteria outlined below.

FIRST SEMI-FINAL:

Eastern Champions versus winners in Qualifying Group A

SECOND SEMI-FINAL:

Western Champions versus winners in Qualifying Group B


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

SATURDAY, APRIL 17th

QUALIFYING GROUP A:

9:00am- Houston-Lone Star LC vs LSU
11:30am- Winner of 9:00am game vs Western Conf. Runner-up
(the South Texas Storm)
3:30pm- Winner of 11:30am game vs Eastern Champ (Tulane)


QUALIFYING GROUP B:

9:00am- San Antonio vs Houston Express
11:30am- Winner of 9:00am game vs Eastern Conf. Runner-Up
(New Orleans)
3:30pm- Winner of 11:30am game vs Western Champ (Houston-Metro)

Teams eliminated early will be strongly encouraged to
play other eliminated teams later in the day in accordance
with both field and officials' availability. We want every
team that shows up to get as much lacrosse as they 
wish. 

In other words, even teams eliminated from the playoffs
should have a rewarding time on this weekend.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18th

The Sunday Scramble !!!

This is a GCLA Invention. All teams not participating in
the championship game (in other words, all but two !) will
be invited and encouraged to play in the Sunday Scramble.

On Sunday morning, GCLA teams will match up against the
opponent or opponents of their choice. Every effort will be
made to ensure that each team gets at least one game 
Sunday morning. Depending on field availability and team
participation, it is not out of the question that a team could
actually play two games Sunday morning.

This is a chance to play a team at your team's level, play
a team that maybe you haven't played before, or to even
play an arch-rival that you didn't get to play on Saturday.

This is all designed to maximize everyone's lacrosse. Teams
could come out of this weekend with as many as four games !!!

Scramble Brackets- 9:00am and 11:30am

2:00pm- GCLA Championship Game

All other Sunday Scramble games are to be completed by
the start of the championship game. This game will then be
the only and last game of the weekend- as it should be !


CONCLUSION

This format is a combination of 2  things:

1) The rewarding of Conference Champions and their
runners-up, and

2) The participation of as many teams as possible.

With this format, every team in attendance should receive
more than their share of lacrosse on this weekend. This
approach is the embodiment of the GCLA's purpose to
encourage competition under the spirit of fun !