New Rankings Method for 2015
One of the real challenges a developing sport such as Racketlon faces is the ability to determine the rankings of each player within the system. Whilst a (disappointingly) low proportion of the British population are ever going to be impressed by you stating your World/British ranking, they do play an important role in the administration of the sport at every tournament that is played. For a tournament organiser determining the final draws often requires use of the rankings, for example when 7 enter the A, 9 into the B and 7 into the C, the rankings of the entrants frequently determine which way these draws go in a final structure. Similarly, when byes occur, the rankings determine who the seeded players are, which in the B & C can occasionally lead to a player receiving a bye who maybe doesn’t merit the automatic progression to the next round.
Therefore, a robust ranking system is required. Originally a “total points” ranking system was used, whereby players were ranked by their total points in the preceding 12 months, as is used in tennis (and a similar system still remains in the UK Tour Race rankings). Similarly to the ATP tennis, tournaments were rated, so that a win at the Lancs Open (a small regional event) was worth less than a win at the Herts Open (a bigger regional event) and a win in Herts was worth less than a British or English Open win. However, this system was biased towards the keen players and meant the rankings often reflected the number of tournaments played rather than the performance.
So, in 2012 the rankings system changed to reflect the average points of a players best 8 tournaments over the past 24 months (with variations in place for some categories). Whilst this system rewards the consistent performance, one of its real weaknesses is that one bad tournament would hamper a players ranking for the time it took them to achieve (up to) 8 better results. There is also no rating of a tournament, so a win in a Lancs Open rated the same as a win in the British Open, so the system biased players who performed well in regional events, but not necessarily on the national stage.
Therefore, for the 2015 season, ERA Rankings Officer, Richard Boreham has constructed a new model for the rankings, with two constituent parts. Firstly a players rankings will be determined by their performance against individual players and not on final tournament placing. Whilst there still be titles and trophies to be won, the rankings will be determined by a players performance across the whole tournament and with respect to the players they play. Secondly, the system will rate each player on their standard in each constituent sport, and in each match this rating will change as a factor of the relative ratings of each player. So, when a strong table tennis player like Fabien Mauroy beats a TT numpty like James Pope his table tennis rating doesn’t increase much, whereas when he beats another strong player, like Keith Lesser it goes up by a far greater amount, and again the margin of victory features in the ratings. However, it is the final match result across all four sports that will determine the change in rankings points.