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TENNIS WAREHOUSE PREDICTION LEAGUE HEAD-2-HEAD FAQs

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1. What did I get myself into?

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Welcome to the Prediction League H2H Competition. This is the doubles portion of The Prediction League. The H2H event pairs you and a partner up to go against another team during a Round Robin (RR) day. The sum of your team's score (more info below) in comparison to your opponents will determine whether your team wins, lose or tie your match. Navigate your team out of the group stages and the knockout draw to be crowned champions!

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2. How do I sign up?

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Make a post in The Prediction League thread to indicate that you are playing. Also indicate whether or not you will be participating in the H2H event.

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3. Is there any additional work that I need to do for H2H?

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There is no additional work or picks that you need to do. All you have to do is just make your Prediction League picks and the H2H Director will take care of the rest.

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4. What if I cannot find a partner?

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If you have expressed interest in playing in the H2H event, and you have not found a partner, then you will be partnered up with someone at random. If a partner cannot be found, you will be placed on reserves. When you are placed on reserves, you will be put into the game when a player is inactive and have not made any picks for the day.

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5. How does the scoring work?

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Depending on the event, certain number of matches will be assigned to the H2H round robin day. The combined total of your's and your partner's score will contribute to your team score.

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6. What happens if my partner does not make any picks?

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Unfortunately, this does happen at times. Make sure that you choose a partner where s/he will be committed to the event. If your partner does not make a pick for the day, then there is nothing that can be done and zero will be assigned to your team's score.

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7. How are teams seeded and how many are there?

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Teams are seeded based on the combined ranking points the individuals have (see rankings section for more details), in comparsion to the rest of the field. The number of seeds there are depends on the size of the field and the number of groups required.

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8. What is the format of the H2H event?

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The format of the event is roughly based off of the FIFA World Cup. Teams will be randomly placed in groups during the round robin stages. During these stages, your team will face every team in your group at least once. During the round robin format, a win will earn your team 3 points. A tie will earn your team 1 point, and a loss results in zero points. The goal is to gain enough points to get out of the round robin stages to advance to the knockout round to determine the champion.

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9. How are teams ranked during the round robin stages?

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Teams are ranked based on the number of points they have accumulated in the group stages. If there is a tie, a tiebreaker will be used. Please review the tiebreaker section for more info.

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10. What are BYEs and what is their purpose?

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BYEs are randomly placed in the group stages only if there are not eough teams to commit to the H2H event. When you play against BYE, it is counted as an automatic win for your team. Your team will will be given the 3 points for the win, and the PF score will also count towards the standings.

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11. How do I read the round robin stages table?

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Please click on the link for more information on how to read it.

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12. What are the tiebreakers and in what scenario do they apply to?

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There are a variety of different tiebreakers used in different situations should there be a tie. The following list provides a description and when they're applied.

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Scenario 1: Breaking ties in the group stages within your group

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If your team has the same amount of points as another team in the group, the tie will be broken by 1) Highest PF (Points For) score or 2) Lower PA (Points Against Score)

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Scenario 2: Breaking ties in the R16/Qualifying Round and Quarter-Finals stages

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During the knockout round, there has to be a winner to advance. There are five (5) tiebreaker rules and they are as follows:
(1) Points from RR stages, (2) Higher PF score, (3) Combined number of 5 pointers from your last RR match, (4) W/RU picks (if still in the event), (5) Previous round's winning margin

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Scenario 3: Breaking ties in Semi-Finals matches and beyond

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Tiebreaker in the semi-finals round and beyond is based on the number of games you think a match will have. Here is the explanation:
Scenario: It is the 2010 Miami Masters Finals. The matchup is Andy Roddick vs. Tomas Berdych. When making their picks, all the players involved in the semi-finals, 3rd place match or the H2H Championship will need to make a games pick.
For example: Player A chooses Roddick in 2, 20 games and his partner B, chooses Roddick in 3, 26 games. Their opponents, C & D, chooses Roddick in 3, 25 games and Roddick in 2, 18 games respectively.
Roddick defeated Berdych 7-5, 6-4 in 22 games
Based on the information, the tiebreaker score will be calculated as follows:
Team A & B: (22-20) + |(22-26)| = 2 + 4 = 6, Team C & D: |(22-25)| + (22-18) = 3 + 4 = 7
The games tiebreaker scores are an absolute value, so there is no penalty for going over or under the actual games score. The team with the lowest combined games score will be declared the winner of that match. In this example, Team A&B will be declared the victors.
Note: If a player does not make any games picks, then it is assumed that the player has made a pick of zero (0) games.

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13. What are the rankings?

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They H2H rankings operate just like the ATP Ranking System. They show how each player has performed in the past 52 weeks. These rankings will help to determine the seeding for each tournament. The player's ranking points for a particular tournament will count towards your overall rankings until the end of the tournament the following year. Your final standings in the event will earn you a certain amount of points. For example, if you finish in 3rd place at Wimbledon, you will earn 810 points towards your ranking and team points (more on this in the next section). If you win the Miami Masters event, you will receive 1,000 ranking and team points. To see the round-by-round point distribution for the types of events, please click on the "trophies" tab in this league file.

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14. What is the race? What is the purpose?

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The race contains all the points you and your partner(s) have received in the current year. It shows your performance in comparison to your previous year's results. If you have different partners throughout the year, you will have multiple entries in the race. The purpose of the race is to determine the qualifiers for the Year-End Championships. Major winners from the Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open will automatically qualfiy first for the Year-End Championships event as long as the team stay within the top 10 of the race. After the Grand Slam champions have qualified, the next highest non-grand slam winners will qualify for the event. Two (2) alternates will also be named to the field in case a team cannot participate in the event.

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15. Anything else I should know about?

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Remember, this is just a game. However, try to have some fun! If there are any questions, concerns or ideas on how to improve H2H, please direct them to JayChu by clicking on his name in the threads to send him an e-mail. Responses will generally be given within 24-48 hours.

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CREATED ON: January 7, 2011 LAST MODIFIED: November 13, 2011