So here’s the deal with BOTS this year. We were hoping that the people who manage FPL would create team-based league capability this season. We knew it was a long shot, but we’re once again left with a league format that cannot be managed and run strictly through the FPL website. Setting up a team based league, and a team based league based on H2H fixtures between individuals on each team each week is mindblowingly tedious. Tabulated the results and posting them to the BOTS website is equally tedious.
The excitement that comes with pre-season generates a HUGE amount of enthusiasm and interest, which makes all of the work that goes into setting up and running these leagues worthwhile, but what typically happens is that the enthusiasm wears off over time and by the time the middle of the season comes around we have 30 or so participants who are actively involved, engaged and perpetuating the girls vs guys banter which is so much a part of why we created the leagues in the first place. Although the interest tends to wear off and participation levels decline, the same amount of hard work that goes into setting fixtures, tabulating and posting results, etc. does not go away, and we’re left with a few individuals spending tons of time manually administering a league where only 1/3 of the participants remain actively engaged. We get that this is human nature, but it doesn’t make sense to continue going through all of the hard work it takes to run these unique leagues the way that they were originally set up.
We agree that the H2H fixtures each week and the overall team-based approach is ideal, but without a way to run them automatically through FPL we no longer have the manpower or the certainty of season-long enthusiasm and participation to make it worth the trouble of managing them “manually”.
So…… we’re simplifying things this year and running two classic leagues. Each classic league will have 32 girls and 32 guys; that means there are only enough spots for 64 girls and 64 guys in BOTS this year. We will be running H2H comps throughout the season which will be just like what BOTS participants are accustomed to, but the “main” setup of BOTS will be 2 separate Classic Leagues of 32 girls and 32 guys each.
Each gameweek the leagues will be reviewed and the top scoring person in the league will receive 20 team points for their respective team, the person scoring the second highest for the gameweek will receive 19 team points for their respective team, so on and so on. The total team points earned for the week will then be tabulated and the team with the highest number of earned points wins the gameweek – easy peasy.
So some gameweeks both girls’ teams will win, some gameweeks both guys’ teams will win, and some gameweeks may be split. Either way, it will allow us to keep the BOTS phenomenon going and keep the gender-based banter flowing throughout the season, and as mentioned above, we will augment things with separate H2H competitions throughout the season to really ramp up the fun and keep the H2H feel of things solidified at least partially.
We have one big problem though: the excitment, enthusiasm and interest is OFF THE CHARTS this year. With only 64 spots available on both sides of the gender-bashing, the guys’ side of the field leaves us with 64 spots available and already over 125 people expressing interest in participating. We’re trying to work out how to resolve this as fairly as possible but in the end we will still be left with many, many people disappointed and not being involved in either of the two Classic Leagues.
The fairest way to set the 64 participants on the men’s side is as follows:
Contact those who participated last year and confirm that they not only wish to participate again, but that they also commit to remaining an active participant throughout the season. We really do need those who participate to be active throughout the season and remain involved in the BOTS banter as it truly is what makes these leagues so special. Speaking as someone who helped start, organize and manage the leagues the first year we did this, it really is a bummer when you see week after week go by where people who are participants in the league are not active on Twitter or even worse, remain active on Twitter but either forget that they have a BOTS matchup and a BOTS adversary to banter with, or completely ignore the league altogether. When people start complaining that the person they’re up against isn’t responding to their tweets, or their opponent hasn’t been active on Twitter since the start of the season, the leagues lose a bit of their excitement and the tedious management of the leagues becomes tedious to the point of wondering why you’re doing so much work when 30 out of 100 people are having any fun or being engaged in the process.
So please, if you have participated in the past, you WILL have the first opportunity to renew your participation, but if you really aren’t into it or don’t really care whether you participate or not, let us know and we will be happy to give your spot to one of the newly interested folks who are trying so hard to get into the leagues and see what they’re all about.
And if you are a newbie who hasn’t participated yet, please continue to express your enthusiasm. We will get this figured out over the coming weeks and want you all to know that we place a premium on making sure that the people who are involved in the leagues remain enthusiastic and perpetuate the fun and enjoyment that the leagues are really all about and that makes them so special. We have a very unique and fun-filled group here and we want to do everything possible to ensure that the league remains full of the people who really and truly want to be in them.
We will keep you posted on our progress. There are 5 of us (well 7 really, but the 2 female members of the admin group will not be involved in selecting the guys’ side of the draw) who are part of the BOTS admin team and we will be working together throughout the preseason to figure out how the participant list will be resolved.
We’ll keep you posted and want to tell you how much we truly appreciate your excitement and interest.
If you’re an previous participant who would like to give up your spot, let us know.
If you’re a newly interested guy who really, really, really, REALLY wants to join, please continue to let us know that too.
Walt, Darren, Gob, Paco and Junkie