Section Standings Calculations and Display
BAYS never uses goal differential (GD) in any of the standings calculations. Section standings are driven by points, awarded as follows:
3 points for a win
0 points for a loss
-1 for an applied game forfeit
Teams tied on points within a section display in the order of their Team ID#, lower number team listed first.
Special Section Configurations
BAYS uses many different section configurations and some have unique elements. Not all games count in standings in some sections.
Double 5 Team Section - denoted with a number as well as a letter, i.e. F1/F2:
Teams placed in double 5 sections have games that do NOT count in standings. The “crossover” games against opponents on the other side of the bracket do not count toward section standings because the opponents are non-common, and it would not be fair. Only the cross section games in Double 5s don’t count toward standings since not every team plays each other, but in a double 4 section, every team plays their own section's teams twice and then all 4 of the other teams in the cross section once, so all games count.
Double 4 Team Section - denoted with a number as well as a letter, i.e. F1/F2:
ALL games count in the standing for teams placed in double 4 sections. In a double 4 section, every team plays their own section's teams twice and then all 4 of the other teams in the cross section once, so all teams on each side of the section bracket play the same opponents the same number of times, so all games count in standings.
Double 3 Team Section (mainly used in High School sections for the 7 week season) - denoted with a number as well as a letter, i.e. F1/F2
ALL games count in the standing for teams placed in double 3 sections. In a double 3 section, every team plays their own section's teams twice and then all 3 of the other teams in the cross section once, so all teams on each side of the section bracket play the same opponents the same number of times, so all games count in standings.
5 Team Stand Alone Section:
The 5 team schedule has some unique elements. The 5 team schedule was developed to avoid bye weeks, which was thought to be worse than playing on Sunday as the players would get fewer games. The schedule exists since sometimes an odd number of teams register for an entire age group necessitating that one section be a 5 team section. BAYS goes to great lengths to avoid this happening, but across all the grades and genders, there are always a few each season.
Two of the 10 games for each team in a 5 team standalone section are against an opponent three times, but the opponents that play each other three times are not the same across the section. Thus, to be fair, one of the three games does NOT count in the standings. Those games are the games that were originally scheduled for Sunday, but may look different once the season starts due to after-the-fact rescheduling. It does not matter if the Sunday game is the first time the opponents play, it will still be the game that does not count toward standings.
Play the Scheduled Games Regardless of Counting toward Standings:
We want to make sure all games in a season get played and so the system doesn't call attention with extra markings on the games that don’t count toward standings. If a team/town chooses to forgo a game simply because it does not count toward standings, we would look very unfavorably on it from a sportsmanship perspective aside from just assessing a forfeit fine.
Spring Grades 5-12 Section Leader Recognition
In the spring only, teams in grades 5-12 that lead, or tie for the standings lead, in their sections receive BAYS Section Champion t-shirts. Teams will be contacted for more information at the end of the spring season. If a team is leading its section when it is swapped into a new section mid-season, the swapped team also qualifies as a section leader and receives t-shirt recognititon.