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Section 1: Summary
Greetings all. If you are looking for how we conduct business
in the Football Pool then you have come to the right place. This
document lays out the guidelines, a polite term for rules and
regulations, concerning the format of the Football Pool, submission of
picks, remittance for season tickets and other a sundry items. Of
course I am always available to answer any specific questions by email,
, but by chance you might save some time and future carpal tunnel
syndrome, these guidelines might solve your dilemma.
Section 2: History
We will be conducting our 19th season in 2014 and each year have
grown in participation, winnings and sophistication. In the early
days the pool was quite small, some 10-15 participants, and close
knit. Picks were actually filled out on paper and tracked using MS
Excel. Errors frequently reared their ugly head but were easily
found with such a small set of picks. Enthusiasm for the pool grew and
by the next season had grown to 20-25 players. It also grew in
complexity and Excel and paper couldn't cut the mustard anymore.
We moved to a combination of emailing picks and a handful of paper
tickets were still being used. It became obvious that a
spreadsheet could no longer keep up with maintaining valid data so we
began using a database, MS Access. The third year saw most of the
participants shuffling off to all parts of the country thus a complete
switch to emailing picks. The database continued to be refined
handling an average of 30 participants each week and generating more
user-friendly results. We then ushered in the Internet stage
for the Football Pool.
Section 3: New Business
This year we continue in the internet stage for the Football Pool.
Most all business is conducted through the website, from submitting
picks to reviewing results and standings. In moving to the Internet we
are able to allow participants to more easily view weekly
results and standings at their leisure. More importantly, access to
sending picks is now virtually unlimited: any computer, anywhere
with Internet access removing the dependency and fickleness of
email. It also improves the timeliness of results each week by
having the picks entered by the user, as well as improving the pick's
validity by removing all opportunities for the Commish to enter picks
incorrectly into the database. The website continues to grow and
improve and has proven itself quite reliable the last decade.
Section 4: Rules and Regulations
- The season will cover all weeks of the NCAA season and the NFL
season, up to the NFL playoffs. This has traditionally been 17 or
- Each week will consist of 13 games (6 NCAA, 6
NFL and Monday Night - with tie breaker points). Final ratio of
NCAA to NFL games may vary week to week.
Two standard exceptions: 1. The first week of the
season the NCAA's begin before the NFL. Thus all 13 games will
be NCAA games. 2. The final 3-5 weeks of the season the
NFL continues without the NCAAs. Thus all 13 games will be NFL
- Tie break points will only be used if similar records result
following all 13 games. Closest points to the total on the tie
break game, irregardless of over or under, will win the Tie
Break. In the event of a tie for points difference, the
winnings will be split evenly.
- Each week the new games will be posted
sometime on Tuesday. The picks can be submitted in one of two
a) The weekly card (weeklycard.html) will contain all 13
games for the week. It is generally due by Noon each Saturday.
b) A Saturday and Sunday card can be submitted each
week. The Saturday card (saturdaycard.html) will contain only
the Saturday games and is generally due by Noon on Saturday. The
Sunday card (sundaycard.html) will contain the Sunday and Monday
night games. It is gernerally due by 1PM on Sunday.
- After successful submission you should see a screen containing
your picks. You can use this for your record and this form
will be automatically emailed to me. If an error occurs during
submission and you do not see your picks, you can email me your picks
using the email card (emailweeklypicks.html). Simply copy and
paste the card into email and mark your picks appropriately.
- Changes to picks are permitted, provided they are sent, via email,
prior to kickoff for the particular game. These should be kept
to a minimum.
- NO SPREAD will be used for this football
pool. Each week the games are hand picked based upon rivalry or
closeness in the spread. Note: In ten years we haven't had a perfect
week utilizing this format.
- Two pools will run concurrently: Weekly and Cumulative.
- The Weekly pool permits the participant to compete for that week's
stake with no requirement to participate further. Play all
weeks, every other week or just a handful (of course maximum
participation is highly encouraged).
- The Cumulative pool tests the REAL football fan's knowledge,
insight and stamina. Included in the cumulative pool is
competing for the weekly stake. It also encompasses competing
for a piece of the season's stake. It requires ALL weeks to be
played. If a week is missed by a cumulative participant, their
picks will default to ZHome, but they cannot win the weekly pot. At season's end, the top three overall records will
split the cumulative pot (1st-%50, 2nd-%30, 3rd-%20), thus far around
$500. This figure is based on the number of cumulative
participants competing, i.e. the more players, the higher the
- The ZHOME rule, implemented a few years
back, pertains to missing weekly picks. The ZHome
default rule is only a safety net for those experiencing difficulty
submitting picks. If a participant fails to submit their picks,
they will default to ZHome's record that week. This prevents the
cumulative player from falling out of contention with a 0 win week.
However, it was never meant as an assisting strategy in
lieu of complete participation. The implemention for multiple
weeks missed is a
"diminishing returns" ZHome rule. The first week missed by a
player will receive the full ZHome results. The second week
missing picks and requiring ZHome will receive ZHome picks with one
extra loss. The third week missing picks will receive ZHome
picks with two extra losses. So on an so forth.
- Refunds can only be given, with prior
notice given to the Commsih, for forfeiture of partial seasons; i.e.
not participating in half of the season.