NCWHL Winter 2016-2017 Schedule FAQs

How was the schedule created?
Why are there such long breaks in the Winter season?
Why does it take so long to get the full schedule?
How do I add the schedule to my calendar?
This slot is at a bad time / too close to another game / etc... can we just change it to a leaguewide?
Why aren't there any divisional scrimmages this season?

How was the schedule created?

The schedule was created with the following priorities:

  1. Game Parity - everyone has 21 ice slots. In Blue and Maroon, these are all games. B1 and M2 have one more game because of the size of the division. In Red and Green, ice slots include games and practices.
  2. Rink Parity - everyone should play in each "rink slot" an equal number of times, because everyone pays the same amount of money. Rink slots are determined by rink and day rather than slot time, so we have parity at Oakland on Saturdays rather than 3:45 at Oakland on Saturdays.
  3. Time Between Games - equalize the time between games as much as possible given the ice slots available. The average time between games (including practice slots) is 8.9 days. This is higher than the Summer season because Winter is longer, and there are more holiday breaks and other dates when we do not have a full contingent of ice slots.

    Because there are weeks without the full contingent of ice slots, each team will have one or two "long" breaks in their schedule.

    Every team will have a few "bye weeks" where they don't play, and most teams will also have 1 week where they play twice (e.g. Wednesday/Saturday).

Here are a few of the parity charts we look at to analyze the schedule (click on the image to see it at full size):

Why are there such long breaks in the Winter season?

The average time between games (including practice slots) is 8.9 days.

The Winter season has a few big breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's). In addition, because of youth hockey and other ice rink commitments, we often have weekends where we "lost" a few of our regular slots, leading to more time between games.

Why does it take so long to get the full schedule?

Because we don't know how many teams there will be in each division, we can't begin to work on the schedule until after evaluations are complete. We had to schedule the first 4 weeks of the season by hand because the Winter season had different variables than the Summer season.

How do I add the schedule to my calendar?

To add the schedule to your Google calendar:
  1. Go to ncwhl.com/schedule
  2. Find the calendar you would like to add
  3. Click on the "Web" link
  4. At the bottom of the calendar, click on "+ Google Calendar"
  5. This should open up your Google calendar. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the calendar.
To import the schedule to any calendar program that accepts .ics files:
  1. Google: "import .ics calendar into [your calendar here]"
    Outlook: "import .ics calendar into Outlook"
  2. Go to ncwhl.com/schedule
  3. Find the calendar you would like to add
  4. Right click on the "iCal" link and select "Copy Link" or "Download file", depending on the instructions for your calendar program
  5. Follow the Google-ed instructions for your calendar program

This slot is at a bad time / too close to another game / etc... can we just change it to a leaguewide?

Changing a game slot to a leaguewide would throw off the parity that the schedule is designed to achieve, because it would mean fewer games for two teams in the league. In addition, the schedule already includes 5 post-evals leaguewide scrimmages.

Why aren't there any divisional scrimmages this season?

The Winter season has fewer non-game/practice slots available than Summer did. We've found that the divisional scrimmages are hard to schedule, and it can be hard to get attendance to maximize the ice time, so we are offering leaguewide scrimmages instead this season.