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In the DC ladies 4.0 league, the team that won the flight and advanced to sectionals had 37 individual wins. The second-place team had 36 individual wins.
In the DC men's 4.0 league, the team that won the flight and advanced to sectionals had 48 individual wins; second place had 47 individual wins.
Any captain who figures he can drop a few lines to get his weak players into the line-up more than twice is not going to sectionals.
Regarding the tendency of non-competitive teams in individual leagues to default once they are eliminated, here are some facts.
In the spring men's 4.0 league in DC, there were 12 matches on the last day of the season. Two of those matches were five-court defaults, and another was a five-court double-default. I assume these were rain-cancelled matches from earlier in the season that no one bothered to reschedule.
The interesting bit is this: Of the remaining 9 team matches (that's 45 individual courts) that were contested, there were 10 defaults. So yes, it is very hard to get people to show up in individual match leagues once they know they are out of the running.
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-- Master Moonballer