Ranking and Seeding Explanaition

 

1 October 2010

 
1.      Definition
The Provincial Ranking is a list of players/pairs in order of strength.  There is one list for each of the five Badminton disciplines – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles in each of five age categories – u12, u14, u16, u19 and Open.
Key facts about the Provincial Ranking System are below.
 
Players:
· Gain ranking points by playing in tournaments that are graded.
· Gain ranking points by playing in and winning matches in tournaments.
· Receive more points the higher graded level of the tournament. 
· Receive more points the further reached in a competition.
· Will be seeded based on their Provincial Ranking.
· May be selected to Team Alberta (or Team Alberta programs) based on Ranking. 
 
 
2.      Events included in the Provincial Rankings
The Rankings are compiled from the results of events that are sanctioned by Badminton Alberta held over the last 52-week period.  All events eligible are graded and the details of the grade are published in the Alberta Calendar of Events.
In 2011-2012 Badminton Alberta will publish a separate Junior ‘A’’, Junior ‘B’ and Open ranking list.
 
Provincial Ranking Lists
The Rankings are published on the Wednesday following each eligible event, or approximately every second week. The complete Provincial Ranking lists are available on the Badminton Alberta web site: www.badmintonalberta.ca
 
3.      Points system
Players/pairs gain points according to how far they progress in the draw of a particular event.
If a player/pair:
· Had a bye in the first round and lost in the second round – they receive first round loser’s points.
· Had a bye in the first round, won in the second round and lost in the third round – they receive third round loser’s points.
· Had a walkover in the first round and lost in the second round – they receive second round loser’s points.
· Had a bye in the first round, walkover in the second round and lost in the third round – they receive third round loser’s points.
 
4.      Rankings (Column Explanaition)
Definitions: the following terms will be utilized in conjunction with the Provincial Rankings.
 
Member ID – this number is a player’s identity and must be used consistently upon entering events to ensure the proper points are attached to every player. Players will receive a member ID upon becoming a member of Badminton Alberta and will maintain this number from one year to the next.
 
Points (P) – this column represents a player’s best x of y eligible tournament results. This column will be used if team/tournament selection or a program opportunity is available. For example, if Badminton Alberta chose to select Under 14 athletes for a summer camp or circuit finals, they may utilize the U14’s best 3 of 4 circuit tournament results plus provincial championship points to arrive at the invitees.  Another example would be selection for the Yonex Super 6 Finals, where athletes will be chosen to compete based on their rankings which will be determined using the athletes best 3 results from the 5 Yonex Alberta Series events.
 
Total Points (TP) – this column represents the total points from all eligible competitions earned within the ranking period.
 
Tournaments – this column lists the number of eligible tournaments a player has played within the circuit.
 
Tournament Average Points (TAP) – this column represents the Total Points divided by the number of eligible tournaments played within the ranking period.
 
5.      Points lists
Players/pairs are ranked using points. The player/pair with the highest TAP will be ranked number one and so on.
If two or more players/pairs have identical points, then the player/pair who have played in the most tournaments will be ranked higher. If players/pairs have identical points and have played in an identical number of tournaments, then these players/pairs are ranked equal.
 
For example, if 5 players are ranked 1 to 5, and there are three players with equal points and equal number of tournaments in 6th, the ranking would be: 1,2,3,4,5,6,6,6,9,10, etc.
 
The table that follows show the points awarded in sanctioned tournaments. For 2009-2010, rankings will only include points obtained from 1* to 5* graded tournaments. The only National circuit events included in Alberta rankings will be those played in Alberta (i.e. Black Knight Junior Elite Series and Yonex Alberta Senior Elite Series).
 
Points won by:
At a tournament graded
 
Tournament Grade
7*
6*
5*
4*
3*
2*
1*
Category
International
Events
National
Championship
National Series
Provincial
Championship
YAS/AJC
Events
AJS
 Events
Local
Events
Winner
6000
5500
4000
3000
2000
1000
750
Finalist
5100
4675
3400
2550
1700
850
640
Semi-finalist
4200
3850
2800
2100
1400
700
525
Quarter-finalist
3300
3025
2200
1650
1100
550
415
9/16
2400
2200
1600
1200
800
400
300
17/32
1500
1375
1000
750
500
250
190
33/64
600
550
400
300
200
100
75
 
7.      Seeding
The Badminton Alberta Ranking will be used to determine the seeding of the tournaments on Badminton Alberta’s Calendar of Events including: Yonex Alberta Series (YAS), Yonex Alberta Junior Circuit (AJC), Alberta Junior Satellite (AJS) and Yonex Provincial Championships.
 
Singles
The seeds for singles events are decided using the Provincial Ranking list. (See below). 
· A player’s TAP (Total Average Points) will be used to determine the list order of seeds. 
· If there is a TAP tie between players, the player with higher TP (Total Points) will receive the higher seeded position.
· If there is still a tie, the player having won in a head to head encounter will receive the higher seeded position.
· If no head to head result is available, the player with the best result in the most recent event will receive the higher seeded position.
· If there is still a tie, a coin flip will determine the player who will receive the higher seeded position.
 
Doubles
The seeds for doubles and mixed doubles events are decided using the Provincial Ranking list. (See below). 
· A pair’s TAP (Total Average Points) will be added together to form a team total. 
· A pair’s team TAP will be used to determine the list of seeds with the team having the highest aggregate TAP receiving the highest seeded position.
· If there is a TAP tie between pairs, the pair having played the greater number of tournaments together will receive the higher seeded position.
· If there is still a tie, the pair having played the greater number of combined tournaments will receive the higher seeded position.
· If there is still a tie, the team with the individual having the highest TAP will receive the higher seeded position.
· If there is still a tie, a coin flip will determine the team who will receive the higher seeded position.
 
FAQ
 
1. What happens at the beginning of a new season?
· Athletes that remain in an age category will use their existing 2011-12 TAP. For athletes moving up into an older age category, they will carry forward a percentage of the 2011-12 points of their TAP for use at the first tournament they contest in the new season. Athletes moving from Under 12 to Under 14, and athletes moving from Under 16 to Under 19 will carry forward 50% of their TAP. Athletes moving from Under 14 to Under 16 will carry forward 65% of their TAP from the 2011-12 season (due to increased point availability of U16 athletes competing in a Canadian Junior Elite Series event included in the 2011-12 rankings.)
 
2. What happens when an athlete is injured and can’t play?
· No concessions will be made for injuries or absences.
 
3. What happens when an athlete plays in an older age category?
· It is assumed that the level of competition is stronger in each age category older than the previous, and therefore if an athlete obtains a TAP in an older age category, but does not have a TAP in their “real” age category, they will use the TAP of the older category for seeding in the younger age category.
 
4. Will points earned in an adult tournament count towards my age specific rankings?
· No, points must be earned in the specific age category of the athlete for rankings.
 
5. What if an out of province player enters an Alberta competition?
· Badminton Alberta will do its best to find results for that player and provide a mock TAP to protect the seeds for the event.
 
6. What if a player did not play an Alberta event in 2011-12?
· Badminton Alberta will do its best to consult with coaches and look at past history of the player to arrive at a mock TAP to protect the seeds for the event.