Dec 3, 2009

We have an archery league that is getting very popular, and very time consuming. We have a spreadsheet now that works, but so much of it isn't annomated that it's not saving a bunch of time for us. It is, however, very accurate, so we keep using it, but I think there is a better way out there to do it, and I bet one you excel pro's know the answer.

Here is how it works:

We have three man teams. Let's say we have 20 teams again this year (we did last year). These teams will have their own unique schedules of other teams that they will play against. We have ten weeks of head to head team matches.

Every week, every shooter's average is computed. So, week one their average is whatever they shot. Week two is the average of week 1 and week 2 combined, and so on. This revolving average keeps shooters from sand bagging.

The team head to head match ups are handicapped. Let's say that team 1 is up again team 2 in week 1:

Team 1 is consisted of bill, bob, and barry. Bill's average at this time is 300, bob's is 290, and barry's is 295.

Team 2 is Larry, Leonard, and Louie. Their averages at this point are 290, 280, 300.

The head to head team match up is consisted of three individual head to head's. The shooters with the best averages, at this point in time, face off, the middle averages face off, then the lowest average shooters on each team also face off. You get 2 points for winning your head to head match. You get 1 point for tieing. Zero points for losing.

The handicaps kick in like this. Bill is the high average shooter on Team 1. He faces Louie since Louie is high man on Team 2. Since their averages are both the same, this match is a head's up, scratch, match with neither shooter getting spotted points.

The middle shooters are Barry with his 295 against Larry with his 290. We use a 80% handicap. So, Larry gets "spotted" 80% of 5 points, or 4 points. The same goes for the matchup of Bob against Leonard. Leonard gets 8 points in his match (80% of the ten points that his average is lower).

Shooters shoot their games, scores are taken, points are spotted points are added in, then winners are declared. Then, the points each shooter wins is added into a team total for that week, then on to the next week's match.

My biggest problem is that the #1, #2, and #3 shooter on each team, each week, changes sometimes. In my previous example, lets say that in week two, lets say louie blows it and shoots a 270. So now his average isn't the highest on his team, so the pecking order of the team changes.

So, my challenge to this board, if you wish to accept it, is how do I set this bad boy up? Lots of issues here. The biggest one is how to get the teams to self rank themselves each week?

I'd love to have a tab where I enter each shooter's score in, and excel takes it from there giving points to winners of adjusted matches.

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