IWSF 2006 Elite Rankings The ranking methodolgy is based on the system used by the Professional Slalom Skiers Association(PASS) and developed by Mark Crone. This system was used for the 2000 World Cup Ranking in slalom. The basic system was modified to make it more appropriate for world wide use. It was used successfully for 2003, 2004 and 2005. Several issue were brought up that I would like to address by making some mechanical changes rather than conceptual changes to the system. Issue 1. Transparency The system is very complex. Although it can be figured out, you do not really know how many points you will get and it might change based on which skiers scratch. Issue 2. Dependence on which skiers are present. In theory, the greater the prize money, the more higher ranked skiers should go thus increasing the points of the tournament. However, in fact, skiers get hurt or can't go and it substantially affects the points. If you plan to go to a tournament because it is a lot of points and buy a plane ticket and get rooms it can be a sizable investment. When you get there and find that the points are dramatically reduced because skier A and skier B are hurt and Skier C had a sudden family obligation, it is not what you expected and made your spending decision on. Issue 3 Points scaled over the number of entrants. Skier X finished 6th at the Masters. A notable accomplishment just to be invited. However since there were only six skiers, skier X got 0 points. That does not seem appropriate. Proposed resolution. I have prepared a chart of points based the prize money only. I have factored in athlete points based on 2005 tournaments and arrived at a fixed schedule of points. I based it on 20 places. Thus, there is a chart that you can print out that will tell you exactly how many points each place is worth at any Elite Tournament. The formula is exactly the same as it has been. I have presented the numbers as integers (no decimals). So, the theory and formula are carrried forward, but a few simple mechanical changes make it a simple and understandable system. You read your points off the chart and add them up. Based on this proposal, I have modified the concept description for 2006 below: IWSF Elite Ranking Concepts Key Concepts 1 Tournament points Each tournament will be assigned a certain number of points. The points will be based on three concepts as follows: a) 10 points for each $1000 USD of prize money on a per event basis b) Title points assigned per IWSF TC decision. No title points will be assigned for 2006. c) Athlete points Athlete points are based on ranking. For 2006, a fixed number for athlete points will be assigned to each tournament based on the cash prize amount. It will be based on the statistics from the 2005 season The points from these three categories shall be useded to give the final tournament point value based on the cash prize amount.. 2. Awarding points by placement Points shall be awarded based on placement on the particular scoring chart that the tournament qualifies for by amount of prize money.See the full chart here
3. Skier Point totals We will use a set number of your tournament scores. After each tournament you go to, your points will be added in. The number of tournaments will be set for each event and be no more than 50% of the regular status Elite Events. If we add tournaments during the season, that will not change the the number of tournaments that will be scored. So, for example, if we declare that since there are 11 men slalom events we will use the top 5. If later, we add one event, it will still be the top 5. For 2006 the following schedule will apply: Men Slalom - top 5 tournaments Women Slalom - 4 Men Tricks - 4 Women Tricks - 3 Men Jump - 4 Women Jump - 3 (This will be confirmed after the final schedule is published) I have made these numbers a little lower than 50% based on the fact that although there are a few more tournaments, many of them have restricted entry The points will just be added cumulatively as received. This means that points will be added for each tournament that you score in up until you reach the maximum number of scores (5 in our men slalom example). Then, if you go to more tournaments, your top 5 will be used so that your point total will only change if your points score exceeds your 5th best score which would then be dropped. 4. 2006 Starting basis The 2006 Rankings shall continue from the 2005 Rankings on a rotating basis with results older than 1 year being dropped. 5. Tournament Selection Tournaments shall be selected by the IWSF TC based on several factors as follows: a) Automatic selection of the title tournaments per item 1 b) Automatic selection of cash prize tournaments with sufficent purse c) Selection of "introductory" Elite tournaments Naturally all tournaments must be sanctioned by their IWSF affiliated National Governing Body. For 2006, the following tournaments appear to be qualified so far. However as I am publishing this at a very early date, this will most likely change. 1. Moomba 2. SkyView Women Slalom 3. Masters 4. Malibu Open 5. US Open 6. French Masters 7. All World Cup stops 8. Lake Crichton Pro-Am - NZE 9. Tige San Deigo 10. Norway Jump Challenge 11. Princes Pro Am Princes 12. Liquid Leasure London The rest to be determined per the IWSF TC. An updated schedule will be available at www.iwsfranking.com Tournament organizers who feel that their tournament may qualify are encouraged to apply to the IWSF TC for approval as an Elite Ranking Tournament. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org 6. Rankings Publication The ranking points totals shall be published on iwsfranking.com. The top 20 places (30 in men slalom) will constitute the rankings. The ranking points will be published after each qualified tournament is completed. This is, of course, based on results availibility. Each qualifying tournament should post their results on iwsf.com. The full list of points and calculation spreadsheet will be publically available in iwsfranking.com Each skiers official "Ranking" may change after each tournament. 7. Ranking List Name The Ranking List shall be entitled the "IWSF Elite Skier Rankings". 8 World Cup There again will be a World Cup in 2006. This will run in parallel with the Elite Rankings. All World Cup stops qualify for Elite Rankings. The World Cup will be scored in a similar fashion, but will be separate from the rankings so that the World Cup winner may not be the #1 Elite skier although there will probably be a close parallel. Under the guidance of the Athletes Advisory Committee, last year we tried to encourage the introduction and development of Elite Tournaments. One of the barriers has been the minimum purse level. As a trial, we instituted a program as an "introductory" offer to new tournaments where they can gain Elite status at a lower purse level given that they will progress and in two years be at the new standard levels. This translates in to the following schedule: 2005 Mens Event $5000 USD minimum, Womens Event $3000 USD 2006 Mens Event $8500 USD minimum, Womens Event $6000 USD 2007 Mens Event $12000 USD minimum, Womens Event $9000 USD For 2006 I would like to continue this program. Last year we had four introductory tournaments. To continue this year they need to move up to the 2006 schedule. Cirencester Grand Prix 2005 Jack's Sunset Cup Orlando Boat Show Lake Crichton Pro-Am For new introductory Elite Tournaments the schedule is as follows: 2006 Mens Event $5000 USD minimum, Womens Event $3000 USD 2007 Mens Event $8500 USD minimum, Womens Event $6000 USD 2008 Mens Event $12000 USD minimum, Womens Event $9000 USD The current Elite minimum standards are $11000/7500. There are two other aspects that are of concern and relavent to this issue. The first is the number of tournaments used for the final calculation of Elite Ranking. This is based on 50% of the number of Elite tournaments. Introductory tournaments will not be used as part of the total. Also last year we changed from being exactly 50% to being based on 50% so that it is 50% or lower. This is due to the World Cup tournament series which has well qualified prize money but limited access. So the exact numbers will be determined after the schedule is set. The second issue is that the initial feeling might be that you are being required to go to some tournament where there is reduced prize money to get points. That is not the intention at all. Since there is reduced prize money, the points will also be reduced so that you gain less by going, but if you do not go there should not be any impact. If there are 6 Elite Regular Events and 2 introductory events, your final score will be based on 3 events. So if you go to half of the regular events there most likely will be no need to go to the introductory events unless you find it convienent. The principle is that the events should have to attract you with prize money. It is not the intent of the program to compell you to go.