IWSF 2012 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 through 2011.

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 the concepts as follows:
a) 2 points for each $100 USD of prize money on a per event basis
b) Title points assigned per IWSF TC decision.  

The points from these categories shall be used from either a) or b) to give the final
tournament point value.

2. Awarding points by placement
Points shall be awarded based on placement.  Each placement is a certain percentage of the 
event points based on the same formula that has been used since 2003.
Place	Percent of points
1	100.00
2	79.99
3	63.97
4	51.12
5	40.80
6	32.50
7	25.82
8	20.43
9	16.09
10	12.58
11	9.75
12	7.48
13	5.65
14	4.18
15	3.01
16	2.08
17	1.35
18	0.77
19	0.33
20	0.00

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 meeting the minimum event purse.
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.
Also, if there are two Elite events in the same weekend, it will only be counted 
as one as you can only attend one (if that is the case).

For 2012 the following preliminary schedule will apply:
Men Slalom - top 5 tournaments 
Women Slalom - 3 
Men Tricks - 2 
Women Tricks - 2 
Men Jump - 3 
Women Jump - 2 
(This will be confirmed after the final schedule is published)
These numbers will apply at the middle of the 2012 season so after the first half of the 2012 tournaments
in each event, the number of tournaments used will change to the 2012 number which
may be different than the 2011 number even though initially it is the same.

I have made these numbers a little lower than 50% based on the fact that 
there are fewer tournaments, and 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. 2012 Starting basis
The 2012 Rankings shall continue from the 2011 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.

Once a tournament has been accepted, additional prize money may be added,
but there will be no change in points less than 30 days from tournament.
For 2012, the following tournaments have registered to be Elite so far.

2012-03-16 World Cup Mandurah	Mandurah, Australia 
2012-03-22 Perth International Night Jump 2012	Heirisson Island Tournament Waterski Club- Perth, Australia 
2012-05-25 53rd Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament	Robin Lake, Callaway Garden, Pine Mountain, GA 
2012-08-03 Malibu Open	Milwaukee Wisconsin 
2012-09-07 Diablo Shores Pro Am	Brentwood Ca. USA

I expect that other traditional tournaments like the Princes Pro Am and London Night Jump 
will register. 
The full World Cup schedule has not been released yet but there is a tournamen in Mandurah.

Details and prize payout can be accessed on iwsfranking.com at:

The rest to be determined per the IWSF TC Chairman.  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 Chairman for approval as an Elite Ranking

Apply to tcchairman@iwsf.com

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 must 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 2012.  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, 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: 
2012 Mens Event $5000 USD minimum, Womens Event $3000 USD 
2013 Mens Event $8500 USD minimum, Womens Event $6000 USD 
2014 Mens Event $12000 USD minimum, Womens Event $9000 USD

For 2012 I would like to continue this program.

The current Elite minimum standards are $12000/9000.

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. Any tournament that remains Elite but has less than
the minimum event money will also not count toward 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 compel you to go.

9. Changes to a tournament
30 days prior to a tournament the declared cash prize amount is used to set the Elite points.  
Cash may be added after that but it will not affect the points.  The prize may not be reduced.
Organizers must supply the cash prize amounts, entry fee, schedule, and, at the end of the
tournament a list of the placements of all competitors.
All applications and changes must be approved by the TC Chairman  (tcchairman@iwsf.com)

10. Ties and Elite points
If there is a tie, the Elite points for the tied positions will be added up and split
equally among the tied competitors.

Cash Purse $10,000
3 way tie for 6th place
points for each place
6	65.00
7	51.64
8	40.86

total 157.50
points awarded each tied competitor - 52.5