Over the years, ToRD has consistently tweaked its regular season/playoff model. Back in Season 1 in 2007, the then six teams in the ToRD house league were divided into two pools (the Bruisers and D-VAS were both still run as home teams at that point), but only the top two teams made the championship (regardless of the team’s pool). For the following season, four of the six teams made the playoffs, but by 2009, with the league down to four squads, once again only two teams made the Battle for the Boot. Since that time, the league has been (mostly) consistent in having a three-team playoff with the top team getting a bye to the championship game (in 2010, all four teams were given a spot).
This season, ToRD is experimenting with a new “tiered” playoff system that gives all four teams a shot at the Boot, but gives a marked advantage to the top team, who now gains a huge two-round bye directly to the championship game. This year, by the slimmest of margins, that advantage goes to the Gore-Gore Rollergirls… [continue]
**This preview was written as a guest blogger on the ToRD site. You can read the rest, and get all the information about this year’s playoffs, at torontorollerderby.com.