I have already discussed how scheduling would work for hypothetical CanAm League teams based in the Maritimes. Now, I will discuss how the schedule would work for a hypothetical college summer league in the Maritimes. Unlike, the CanAm version, I will not be posting potential schedules for such a league (that would be tedious). I will only discuss scheduling formats based on the number of teams and alignment of such a league.
Keep in mind, such leagues are short seasons (from late May/early April) to early August. This gives around 65-70 days to play the regular season. Playoffs generally wrap up by mid-August. Speaking of playoffs, all playoffs in this proposal would be best of three, which is the standard in such leagues. For this Maritime league, would be top four in most setups. Unless otherwise noted, all matchups will be split evenly between the ballparks of both teams. For example, if two clubs are scheduled to meet eight times a season, each club will host four games.
Six Teams, Single Division
This is the easy one. The league under this format would play a 50 game schedule. If the league succeeds while maintaining only six clubs the schedule may be expanded in 60 games as it would allow for each team to host each opponent in a pair of three game series.
Six Teams, Two Divisions
Scheduling becomes a little more tricky as it means every day either a team from each division would be off or an interdivisional game mush be scheduled. If such a league chooses this format there could be 12 games vs. division rivals and 10 games vs. non-division opponents for a 54 game schedule.
Eight Teams, Single Division
With eight teams, I would prefer them to be divided into two divisions but in the event that would lead to an awkward alignment (say three New Brunswick, three Nova Scotia and two P.E.I. teams) this single table alignment may be the best option. This this scenario, the teams would play a 56 game schedule, meeting all opponents a total of 8 times.
Eight Teams, Two Divisions
With this option, there will be four teams in each division. Division opponents will meet a total of 10 times, while non-division opponents will meet 6 times. This adds up to a 54 game schedule. If you add a couple of games vs. divisional opponents, then you will have a 60 game schedule.
Ten Teams, Single Division
For marketing purposes alone this is not a good idea as some poor sucker would be stuck trying to sell a 10th place team to their fan base but here we go. Each team would play the other 9 in the league 6 games for a total schedule of 54 games.
Ten Teams, Two Divisions
There are two options here. You can play 10 games vs. division opponents and 4 vs. the other division for a total of 60 games. The other option is 8 vs. the division and 6 vs. the other division, for a total of 62 games.
Twelve Teams, Two Divisions
Under this scenario, each team would play 8 games vs. division opponents and 4 vs. the other division. This leads to a schedule of 64 games.
Twelve Teams, Three Divisions
This format would lead to clubs playing division foes 6 times and non-division foes 4 times. This gives us a 50 game schedule. You could also use the West Coast Leagues format of playing 54 games (a total of 18 3-game series). This makes easy scheduling but this leads to having some teams not visiting your ballpark in a given year.
I will stop now as any format with 14 or more teams leads to scheduling irregularities (lots of two game series, one game stand alone affairs, not playing all teams home and home, etc.). Also, assuming the league starts out at a manageable amount of teams (six or eight) it would take years for the brand to grow to the point where such formats would be necessary. Also, in order to get to 14-16 teams such a league may have to expand outside of the Maritimes (Newfoundland, Maine or Quebec). This could blow the travel budget for the smaller market teams.
As a side note, if someone were to form a Maritime based summer league, the name of such a team should avoid the use of the words “Maritime” of “Collegiate/College”. By calling the league the Atlantic some-or-other this allows for potential expansion outside the Maritimes (as mentioned in the previous paragraph). Avoiding collegiate or college in the name is the good idea for three reasons. First, we are in Canada, so college mentions community college, not university (four-year colleges in US speak). Second, the league won’t be made up of teams representing colleges/universities. It will be Halifax vs. Charlottetown, not Saint Mary’s vs. UPEI. Third, using such words in the league name may alienate those who do not like or are not in to college/university athletics. In the past, I suggested Atlantic Major Baseball League (like the WMBL, but in the east). I also like Atlantic Coast League has a nice ring to it.