I have reached out to the other 3 conferences (NJ, Northwest, and USA South) about starting a tournament a la the Big 4 and their Snowball Shootout. I think this would be a good way to add a bit of cross-conference competitiveness and fun. Here is the initial layout I had in mind, and please feel free to comment with suggestions.
By the 8th conference game, each conference will submit their rankings of the 7 best teams. I say 7 because our conferences have around that many human coaches, slightly more, and I'm not sure if scheduling a Sim can be done, so I figured it would be easier to stick to just human-coached teams. I know you can't schedule Sim vs. Sim so including them might throw things off. I would welcome any thoughts on this.
Each conference will then post their rankings in this thread, ordered #1-#7.
The matchups will take place during the final (10th) non-conference game, so everyone would need to keep this slot clear.
The matchups will pit one conference vs. another, in two sets. (ex. CCIW teams will play NJ teams, Northwest will play USA South)
The conferences who win their matchup will play head to head next year, and the two losing conferences will play. This is how the matchups will be each year.
Home court advantage will be determined at the #1 seed level, and will go to the #1 seed with the better RPI. I would welcome any thoughts on this. From then on, the HC will alternate (#1, #3, #5, and #7 seeds from the same conference will have HC). If there is a tie, the conference with the better overall RPI will have its #1 seed have HC.
Please let me know any thoughts/suggestions/changes you may have.