Background: I started a team league in the Denver area, which copied the exact format of the Seattle based Monday Night Pinball. Teams of 10 players. My fear of smaller teams was that there would be too much discrepancy between the best and worst, even though there are provisions in place (no more than 3 players per team in top 1000 IFPA rank, of those, no more than 2 in top 500, and no more than 1 in top 150).
We’ve played two seasons, and it’s been fine. The league hasn’t grown - it actually shrunk from 7 teams to 6 in the second season. I’m considering switching to smaller teams, and forming an A and a B league, perhaps with restrictions preventing great players from playing in B.
Instead of using IFPA rank, I’ve been considering relying on IFPA rating instead. I have a general sense of how it works, but not enough to answer the following question:
For a hypothetical team league, with teams of six players, would IFPA rating be appropriate to use for a salary cap? The rule would probably be written like this: the sum of the IFPA ratings of the players on the roster cannot exceed X. (I have some ideas about what I can do to try and solve for X).
Maybe what I’m ultimately asking has to do with the rating system…would a 1600 player teaming up with a 1400 player be a reasonably even match against two players at 1500?