The Virtual League Cup (VLC) will run throughout the second half of the season, starting on 30 January. No extra matches will be played. Instead, for each league match played, a 'virtual' match will be recorded, comprising the same games as the league match but with scores adjusted according to individual player handicaps.
Each player has been allocated separate home and away handicap values, based on their record in the first half of the season. The 'weaker' player in each VLC game will have their score augmented by the difference between handicap values.
The results of these virtual matches will be tabulated in the usual way - games won, followed by matches won - to produce a Virtual League Cup table. The leader in this table at the end of the season will be awarded the League Cup trophy. [Note that no individual trophies will be awarded to team members for the VLC.]
As the VLC is a 'virtual' competition, it is up to you how seriously you take it. You can completely ignore it if you wish, or you can consult handicap values in advance of each league match, and work out what is needed to win each virtual game, as well as the more important league game of course!
Hopefully, it will all become clear as the competition proceeds.
Notes on calculation: The home handicap of a player is the average score of all home league games (minimum of 3) played by that player. If fewer than 3 home games have been played, the home handicap of a player is the average score of ALL league games, home and away. Likewise, the away handicap is the average of all away league games, or the average of ALL league games, if fewer than 3 away games have been played. For any player who has played fewer than 3 games overall (home and away), nominal scores of 5000 are assumed, to bring the number of games up to 3. For example, if a player has played only once, and scored 2000; their (home and away) handicap is calculated as (2000 + 5000 + 5000) / 3 = 4000. Players who have not played at all in the first half of the season have a default handicap of 5000. In all cases, handicap values are rounded to a multiple of 10.