Game Cancellation/Postponement Procedures

Game Cancellation/Postponement Procedures

There have been a few weather related occasions in the past where we've had to remove a game from our schedule. With COVID-19 making this a more recurring thing, and the fact that we've been answering a mounting number of emails about this recently, we've documented our procedures for handling cancelled/postponed games and the resulting effects.

Do know that we will always make every effort to keep as many games as possible available for our users to pick.

However, because our Survivor, Pick 'Em, Confidence and Margin formats all share the same league schedules, our procedures take into account the effects of all pools running on the site with various configurations.


Scenario 1 - When a game is postponed to a different day of the same week

Example: A Week 4 Sunday game is postponed to Monday of Week 4.

Procedure:
We update the date and time of the postponed game, and delete picks for the postponed game for pools that exclude the day the game is postponed to.

Effects if the game is postponed to a day that is included in your pool config

Example: A Week 4 Sunday game is postponed to Monday of Week 4, and Monday games are included in your pool config.

Effects to Survivor Pools:

None.

Effects to Pick 'Em, Confidence and Margin Pools:

None, unless:

When the above applies, the effect is that the postponed game becomes the tie-breaker game.

Effects if the game is postponed to a day that is excluded in your pool config

Example: A Week 4 Sunday game is postponed to Monday of Week 4, and Monday games are excluded in your pool config.

Effects to Survivor Pools:

Affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Effects to Pick 'Em and Margin Pools:

Pick X Pools:
For pools configured to pick X games in a week, affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Pick All Pools:
For pools configured to pick all games in a week, affected participants are notified despite there being no action to take.

Effects to Confidence Pools:

Pick X Pools:
For pools configured to pick X games in a week, affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Pick All Pools:
For pools configured to pick all games in a week, weights are adjusted to reflect the new number of games in the week, and affected participants are notified despite there being no action to take.

Example: There are 16 games in the original week resulting in 15 games after the postponement, and someone has picked the postponed game with a weight of 8.

Default Scoring:
Pick of 8 is deleted, and picks with weights 9 to 16 are shifted down by one to yield the 1 to 15 available weights for the week.

Max Scoring:
Pick of 8 is deleted, and picks with weights 7 to 1 are shifted up by one to yield the 2 to 16 available weights for the week.

Important Notices:

Scenario 2 - When a game is postponed to a day of a different week, or cancelled altogether

Example: A Week 4 game is postponed to Week 7.

Procedure:
We remove the game from our schedule and delete all picks made for that game. For Pick All Confidence pools, pick weights are also automatically adjusted to reflect the week's new game count (more on this below).

When deciding whether to add the postponed game to the (new) week it's being postponed to, we again take into account the effects of all pools running on the site with various configurations. While it may sound like a simple task, adding a game to a future week can have adverse effects on Survivor and Confidence pools. When the effects are too great, we elect not to add the postponed game.

For cancelled games, we do the same except the game would never be re-added to the schedule.

Effects to Survivor Pools:

Affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Effects to Pick 'Em and Margin Pools:

Pick X Pools:
For pools configured to pick X games in a week, affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Pick All Pools:
For pools configured to pick all games in a week, affected participants are notified despite there being no action to take.

Effects to Confidence Pools:

Pick X Pools:
For pools configured to pick X games in a week, affected participants are notified to make a new pick.

Pick All Pools:
For pools configured to pick all games in a week, weights are adjusted to reflect the new number of games in the week, and affected participants are notified despite there being no action to take.

Example: There are 16 games in the original week resulting in 15 games after the game is removed, and someone has picked the postponed game with a weight of 8.

Default Scoring:
Pick of 8 is deleted, and picks with weights 9 to 16 are shifted down by one to yield the 1 to 15 available weights for the week.

Max Scoring:
Pick of 8 is deleted, and picks with weights 7 to 1 are shifted up by one to yield the 2 to 16 available weights for the week.

Important Notices: