Points System Explained
The points system was simplified in 2007. The new points system is
designed to take into account the stronger play at the highest division, and to reward
people for making the Playoffs. The system is set up in a way that allows people to move
between divisions from event to event, and still keep pace, assuming the person
wins when they play in a lower division. Chart 1A displays the total points that can
be won by a player in each division.
|Chart 1A: Total Points Available |
|Division||Pool||Playoff Round Exit|
||Looking at the chart, an Open level player will get 13 points for playing, while
a person who plays in AA will only receive 7 points. However, if the AA player wins the event,
they will end up with a total of 16 points, which is the same as having made the
quarter-finals in the Open pool. After one event, the winner of the AA pool would have more
points than someone who played Open, but did not make the playoffs. Since this person has
more points, they would be a candidate to be moved into the Open pool at the next event, if
balancing needs to take place, which is at the discretion of the tournament director.
Your points are totaled for every event you play. Your rating is then calculated, using the
total points / ( # of events - (.06 x (# of events squared))+.06)
This formula is set up to reward people who play in more tournaments. The rate that your
total points is divided by, decreases as your number of events increases. It is still
possible to be the overall leader, and only play in a few events, but you need to place
very well every time. Chart 2A has some examples of how this formula affects your rating.
|Chart 2A: Example of Ratings |
|# Events||Tot Pts||Rating||Event Finishes|
|3||75||29.7619||1 1 1|
|6||113||28.9744||2 2 2 2 2 0|
|3||70||27.7778||1 1 2|
|5||97||27.2472||1 1 4 4 0|
|3||67||26.5873||1 1 4|
|3||66||26.1905||1 1 8|
|4||80||25.8065||1 1 4 0|
|3||65||25.7937||1 1 16|
|3||65||25.7937||1 2 2|
|3||63||25.0000||1 1 0|
|4||77||24.8387||2 2 2 4|
||Frequently Asked Questions
Okay okay, so it was only 1 person that asked, but you're reading it too.
||Q. Does head to head play still count during pool play?
A. Under this system head to head in pool play has no bearing. The total number of
points you score in pool play is only used to determine who makes it to the playoffs.
Who you beat in pool play, or by how much, has no significance (as far as ratings).
||Q. Why does Open get 13 points for playing, while AA only gets 7?
What's up with that?
A. This is a reflection on the tougher level of competition that the Open pools are
facing. The AA player can still earn more points than half of the Open field, by coming
||Q. Why do you use the formula to create the rating?
A. We need a system that can be used when not everyone plays the same number of
events. This system rewards you for playing in more events, but you still need to finish
well every time you play, or your rating will go down. But if you consistently finish
strong, your rating will keep climbing, so you will be rewarded for playing many events.
||Q. I liked the old rating system where each game in pool play changed
your rating. Why did you abandon that system?
A. First off abandon is pretty harsh, and secondly, you were the only one who liked
it. The old system was very time consuming to enter and keep track of the ratings. The
new system is much quicker and easier for everyone to understand.