I golf in a work league that has seen it's numbers from 40 golfers 10 years ago to down to only 14 this season and the trend is going in the direction of losing even more. The format is two person teams and you would get team points and some low amount of individual points. So this year the guy who runs it changed from a team based point system to a more individual emphasis. You still get team points by adding yours and your partners individual points together. This is a pretty laid back "fun" league but it is handicapped to give everyone a fair chance at winning it.
Another issue we run into is that some people in the league travel as part of their job and miss some weeks. If they get a sub, they still a single point but lose out on getting the full 3. The person leading the league hasn't missed a night yet (that would be me) but I have also only lost 1 match out of 10, so I should be leading regardless at this point. A person that is 1 point behind me complained that he has to travel in 2 weeks and doesn't think it's fair and people said I should "skip" a night to level it off. Why should I be penalized for being there every week? It appears that I may be taking the league over next year and was trying to think of ways to set it up to be fair across the board as best I can.
The format I was thinking was running a pure individual league like the Fedex Cup points. Each week is worth X points and the points are distributed by where you finished in standings for the week. Our league is 14 weeks and we can designate 2 weeks as "majors" weeks and increase the point value for those weeks. This way, if you have to miss weeks you can still make up ground by finishing better in the coming up weeks or at one of the "majors". You could still do the team points by adding the two partners together. The "champion" would be the person with the highest number of points at the end of the year.
Let me know your thoughts and please offer suggestions.