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How Rankings Work

Want to know how the WRA ranking system works? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a WRA board member.

The WRA singles and doubles rankings were dropped in favor of the USRA National Rankings.  This has the major advantage of awarding players for their performance whether they’re participating in shootouts or three-day tournaments, and even if they’re out of state at National events. Click here to learn more about the USRA Rankings.

After a careful look at the rankings of our current players we established these point thresholds. As before, you can always play up, but once you’ve passed the top of these thresholds you will no longer be allowed to play down. The point thresholds will be re-evaluated each year to ensure that they are reasonable:

SINGLES

Men’s Divisions:

Open: 1 – 400
Elite: 401 – 1100
A: 1101 – 2000
B: 2001 – 3000
C: 3001 – 4500
D: 4501 and up

Women’s Divisions:

Open:1 – 100
Elite: 101 – 200
A: 201 – 360
B: 361 – 500
C: 501 – 800
D: 801 and up

DOUBLES

Doubles ranking run in the opposite direction from singles rankings. The higher the number the higher the ranking. When individual players are combined into teams, the highest player’s ranking has more “weight” than the lower ranking player and a new value for the team is established, and that new team’s rank should fall into the ranges below. Teams can play up, but they should not be permitted to play down.

The USRA has still not described how their new ranking system works. When they do, we will update this page. To get a rough estimate of what your team rank would be add your ranking and your partner’s ranking together and divide the total number by two.

Men’s Divisions:

Open: 1950 and up
Elite: 1800 – 1949
A: 1650 – 1799
B: 1500 – 1649
C: 1400 – 1499
D: 1500 and below

Women’s Divisions:

Open: 2000 and up
Elite: 1900 – 1999
A: 1800 – 1899
B: 1700 – 1799
C: 1600 – 1699
D: 1599 and below

Tournament Seeding and fair draws are the responsibility of the Tournament Directors. The Tournament Directors are provided with a copy of the most current available rankings prior to the completion of the draw. The current rankings are only one of many possible resources used by the Tournament Directors to produce a fair draw sheet. The Tournament Directors are encouraged (but not required) to seed players according to USRA rankings.

When combining divisions to fill out draws, Tournament Directors must always strive to combine divisions together that will be competitive, and will not allow an individual or team an “easy win” and thus jeopardize the integrity of the rankings system. The following table is meant to be used as a guideline for acceptable combinations -Tournament Directors always have the final decision on how to combine divisions for their tournaments. Tournament Directors who are unsure abut a specific combination should consult with the WRA board.

Skill Division Generally adjacent skill level’s can be combined is necessary. For example, A may be combined with B, Open with Elite, B with C, etc. The WRA discourages combining non-adjacent skill divisions, such as Open and A, or A and C. AB and CD divisions may never be combined.
Age/Skill Divisions Age levels may be combined (within the same skill level), however tournament directors are encouraged to look at the individual players involved before Divisions combining ages that are very far apart. Good age combinations are 30/40 and 40/50.
Age Divisions Age divisions may be combined, however Tournament Directors should avoid combining age divisions more than 20 years apart, if possible. Reasonable combinations ofage divisions are:
25 through 35
35 through 45
45 through 55
55 and over
Men’s and Women’s Divisions In general Women’s and Men’s divisions should not be mixed. When there are not enough entrants to run a division, Women may be placed in comparable Men’s divisions. In general, Women should be placed no more than one skill levels away from their own skill level. For example, a Woman who competes in Women’s Open should not be placed in any division containing Men below the A skill level. Therefore an Open Women’s player may play in a Men’s A or AB division, but not in a Men’s combined B division or a Men’s BC division.

Tournament Directors are encouraged to consult with the Director ofRankings or other members ofthe Rankings committee when application of these rules is unclear.

It is not as complicated as it sounds. Players generally enter the proper divisions, keeping competition fair and safe. Periodically the board reviews these rules and adjusts them to fit the conditions of tournament results and player performance. Players that have been on the sidelines for various reasons are given the opportunity to return to tournament play by relaxing previous requirements with some degree of due process.

5 Comments »

  • Mike VanCleave said:

    When will we start using the USAR rankings to determine eligibility for skill levels?

  • Arun Rohila said:

    Mike, I will bring it up at the next board meeting.

  • Angie Doyle said:

    I’m concerned that women’s divisions in Washington are overinflated compared to the rest of the country. It’d be nice to be on par with everyone else. I’m not familiar w/ the USAR rankings, but I’m assuming that using those would help normalize WA women’s divisions…

  • Ethan Janson said:

    I’m confused. In paragraph 3, you say you’ve “established these point thresholds” and then immediately list the ranking cutoffs. Are you calling both these ranking cutoff values “points” AND the values for winning draws “points”?

  • Ali said:

    I am interested in doubles. Looking for leagues in my area. No luck…what do u do to have for competition. How do u get involved. Thanks Ali

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