Got a call from an old friend we used to be real close ... (sorry, couldn't resist!)
Anyway, he said his league is growing and with the "16 month" band of kids they will need to "split" majors this year (12 teams, American and National with 6 in each).
They are discussing which method to use to split.
They want to keep siblings together so Even/Odd Birthdates are out.
Geography and Last Names seem OK but they could result in one League/Division being stronger than the other.
They like Common Pool and think it creates better balance but the problem is siblings.
Example: My friend has two sons, one is turning 11 and the other turning 9.
If the 11 year old gets drafted by an American Major Team and the 9 gets picked by a National Minor Team, they won't be able to play on the same team in the future.
They are thinking of asking Williamsport for a Waiver to use the Common Pool Method with the caveat that siblings must be drafted into the same league/division (American or National).
That way, at least the siblings will have a chance to play together.
If the Waiver gets turned down they are just going to split by Geography (keep siblings and neighborhood kids together).
Do you think Williamsport would approve such a Waiver?