The tournament will be managed following Stoa tab guidelines with one exception to be detailed below. Normal procedure is to maintain club protect and give each team an equivalent number of Government and Opposition preliminary rounds. There are unusual circumstances where this is not possible.

The tournament will use the same tie breakers as the Stoa guidelines recommend, with one exception, as the tournament will be using Strength of Schedule as the first tie breaker (this is also some times called Strength of Opposition). The other tie breakers will be the same in their usual order.

Strength of Schedule is probably the least understood tie breaker used. Here's an excerpt from the tab manual where it defines the term:

Strength of Schedule refers to the combined Win/Loss record of the opposition. So if Team A faces six teams in a tournament and those six opponents finish the preliminary rounds with records of 5-1, 5-1, 4-2, 4-2, 3-3 and 1-5, the Strength of Schedule for Team A is 22-14. Strength of Schedule is a general measure of the level of competition faced during the tournament. It is a cumulative sum of rounds won and loss by all opponents at a tournament.
Some teams will face easier competition during a tournament and others will face tougher competition. This regularly happens for a variety of reasons.

In other words, a team that encountered teams that had had a better final record, will place higher when compared to a team that encountered teams with a lower final record because, everything else being equal, they faced stronger competition. In case two teams face opponents with the same Strength of Schedule, the other tie breakers will be used in their usual order.

When power matching competitors, the modified tie breakers will be used. Power matching will start at round 3, and will be using data available as of two rounds prior. i.e. round 3 will use data from round 1, round 4 will use data from round 1 and 2, and so on...

Out Rounds

For out-rounds, we are breaking the top 10 teams who will compete in what is known in the college world as "Festival Finals." In short, it simply means that there will be a chance for teams to improve and move up in overall placing based on where they would have been power matched had we had a round 8 or second out-round.


Unlike many other Stoa tournaments that use 1 or more brackets (sometimes called lower and upper brackets), which get seeded using a single elimination bracket (first in the bracket goes again last, second goes against second to last, ...), the tournament will pair the first seed with the second seed, the third will debate the fourth, ...


At the end of the out round, all competitors will be re-ranked with the same tie breakers used during the prelim rounds. This also means that we will require individual points and ranks.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone from Tab or Coach Griffith.