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North American Stiga Tour rankings updated after Boston

 
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EricK
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:18 pm    Post subject: North American Stiga Tour rankings updated after Boston Reply with quote

Hello everyone. Just finished updating the North American Stiga Tour rankings for NA (as well as the US and Canada) following the April 14 tournament in Boston. Please check them out and let me know if there any errors. I double-checked them, but I'm only human and sometimes make mistakes.

http://www.ustha.com/ranking/index.html


Given the changing trends in terms of the total number of players in tournaments (and the increased number of tournaments overall), I think it's about time to revisit the current ranking sysem. Especially as it relates to the Strength of Field formula. Boston this year ended up being a C-rated tournament because of the number of players. But when you look at the strength of the field, it was an incredibly deep tournament. By my calculations, 19 of the top 36 North American players were at Boston, plus two top-ranked players from Sweden. That's an amazingly strong field at roughly 470 points (based on pre-Boston rankings) and certainly an A-level tournament. But the way the system is currently set up, it was a C-rated tournament due to number of players attending.

The current system has served the USTHA and CTHA well the first five years of the tour and we're indebted to those who came up with it. Now, I think, is a good time to make some updates to reflect the current state of affairs, where we're seeing growth in the total number of tournaments but maybe not the overall number of players.

If you'd like to take part in an upcoming e-mail discussion of how to update the system, please send me an e-mail this week at byline302@yahoo.com. The USTHA and CTHA are jointly going to look at the ranking system and sanctioning situation and make some decisions going forward.

We look forward to a positive and thoughtful discussion and hope to have any changes in place by the start of the next tour year, which looks to be the end of July at this point.


Sincerely,
Eric
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Jim Rzonca
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Work Eric!

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2007 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, Wow!

Congrats to Chris DiDomizio, who's climbed to #2 in the USA.

At present, I'm ranked ahead of Eric Desjardins, which is actually a bit of a joke. But you only get points for the tournaments you play in eh!

Perhaps it could be interesting to see about including league position in the standings, but y'know what? It'd introduce as many distortions as any other system.

The current ranking system is very, very good. It gives everyone something of interest and encourages participation in tournaments. I understand it's derived from the Chess rankings, and those guys might have a brain or two.

Besides, no matter where the player is in the rankings, you have to beat him on the table. The rankings can't be any more than a "cut with axe" rough metric.
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