I've just finished three projects related to scheduling and the RPI, so I'll describe them here. I'm hoping that some of you involved with scheduling will contribute to this thread. Over the long term, I think airing issues the RPI causes for scheduling will be good and may generate a bigger push than there's been so far to get the NCAA to change its rating system. Project 1: This is an article I just published at the RPI and Bracketology for DI Women's Soccer Blogspace on why coaches should pay a lot of attention to the RPI when doing their non-conference scheduling. It has some startling -- even to me -- information about how important "smart" scheduling really is if your team has NCAA Tournament aspirations. Here's a link to the article: How Much Attention Should You Pay to the RPI Formula, In Your Non-Conference Scheduling? Project 2: This is an Excel workbook, Team Histories and Simulated 2019 Ranks, with a page for each team, showing information about its rank history using three different rating systems and also its rank history as a contributor to opponents' strengths of schedule. It also has other resources. All of the resources in the workbook are intended to help in figuring out who would be good opponents to play (and who wouldn't). The workbook is at the RPI for Division I Women's Soccer website, as a downloadable Excel workbook attachment at the bottom of the NCAA Tournament: Scheduling Towards the Tournament webpage. If you're involved in scheduling and your team has NCAA Tournament aspirations, you should download this workbook and use it. Project 3: I've created a Team Scheduling Tool that lets you try out different non-conference schedules to see how different opponents (and results) are likely to affect your RPI and other result data related to your NCAA Tournament prospects. It also lets you try out different results in your conference games. For this Tool, I create an Excel workbook tailored for your team. It's therefore necessary for you to ask me to create one for you and to give me an email address to send it to, if you are interested in trying it out. I have a number of coaches who now are using it, and I believe they're finding it really helpful. The Project 2 and Project 3 items work well together as companion resources, one helping you identify good possible opponents and the other helping you get a sense of how different possible opponents would compare in terms of what they would do for your NCAA Tournament prospects. Both of these resources are FREE. But above all, if you have any doubts about how important "smart" scheduling is, read the article I've linked above.