National Rankings are all the Rage this Season! Want to Learn How National Rankings are Tabulated? Get Ready to Immerse Yourself in Open Championship Series National Rankings!

 

WHY NATIONAL RANKINGS?

When athletes compete at a competition, they compete for and may win a National Championship title; however, athletes never know where they stand against the performances of other teams in their divisions that competed at different competitions across the nation. The Open Championship Series introduced National Rankings in the 2019-2020 Season to help athletes better understand where their team ranks against other teams across the country throughout the season.

Starting on November 17, 2021, the Open Championship Series will release a Top Ten Video of National Rankings on our website and social media. Join us every Wednesday throughout the season to see where your team ranks against all other teams who have competed at Open Qualifiers!

 

HOW OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES NATIONAL RANKINGS WORK

Open Championship Series National Rankings is a weighted process. Why? At most competitions, the same judging panel judges a division. This offers consistency on the scoresheet. However, because no two judging panels are the same, scores can range up or down by hundredths of a point. Therefore, it wouldn’t be prudent to just compare the scores from Competition A vs Competition B because those scores were not judged by the same judging panel. The Open Championship Series developed weighted rankings to ensure that teams are fairly ranked from competitions with different ranges across the country!

Open Championship Series National Rankings are based on a team’s:

  • Performance Score – the team’s performance score awarded by the judges
  • Median Score – the team’s score based upon all other scores at their competition
  • Placement of the Team within their Division – bonus points based on their placement within their division
  • Depth of Division – points awarded based on how many teams were in their division
  • Total Points of the Entire Season – the more you compete at qualifiers, the more your weighted scores add up!

 

STEP BY STEP

Let’s break this down a little bit more! Imagine there are five teams that compete in a specific division. Teams A, B, and C competed at the same competition in Texas. Team D competed at a competition in Ohio. And Team E competed at a competition in Georgia.

Team A won the competition in Texas. Team B came in Second. And Team C came in third. Team D placed first and competed in their own division at the competition in Ohio. And Team E also competed in their own division at the competition in Georgia and placed first.

After the events are complete, the event producers transmit scores to the Open Championship Series to begin the National Ranking Process! Learn about each step below!

Step 1 – The Open Championship Series Receives Scores 

Teams A, B, C, D, and E received the following scores from their event. Remember that Team D and Team E received their scores at separate events.

  • Team A: 97.8
  • Team B: 96.5
  • Team C: 95.2
  • Team D: 93.6
  • Team E: 92.7

After the Open Championship Series receives these scores, they begin the ranking process.

Step 2 – The Open Championship Series Finds the Median Score of All Scores From Each Event 

Median Score from Team A, B, and C’s Competition:

  • Team A: 97.8
  • Team B: 96.5
  • Team C: 95.2 ← Median Score
  • Team from another division: 94.3
  • Team from another division: 92.9

Median Score from Team D’s Competition:

  • Team from another division: 97.7
  • Team from another division: 97.6
  • Team from another division: 95.2 ← Median Score
  • Team D: 93.6
  • Team from another division: 93.1

Median Score from Team E’s Competition:

  • Team from another division: 96.9
  • Team from another division: 96.7
  • Team from another division: 95.2 ← Median Score
  • Team from another division: 94.6
  • Team E: 92.7

Once the Open Championship Series determines the median score, that median score team receives 500 points. Every 0.1 points scored above the median score will receive 10 additional points. Every 0.1 points scored below the median score will lose 10 points. In this scenario, Teams A-E would receive the following points:

  • Team A: 97.8 – 760 PTS (score 2.6 points above median = 260 additional pts) 
  • Team B: 96.5 – 630 PTS (score 1.3 points above median = 130 additional pts) 
  • Team C: 95.2 – 500 PTS
  • Team D: 93.6 – 340 PTS (score 1.6 points below median = minus 160 pts) 
  • Team E: 92.7 – 250 PTS (score 2.5 points above median = minus 250 pts) 
Step 3: Teams are then Awarded Bonus Points

Once a team’s median score is determined, teams are awarded bonus points based on their placement at their subject competition. Bonus points are awarded in the following manner:

  • First Place = 15 additional points
  • Second Place = 10 additional points
  • Third Place = 5 additional points
  • Any Other placement is not awarded any bonus points

Based on our scenario with Teams A, B, C, D, and E, Team A won the competition in Texas. Team B came in Second. And Team C came in third. Team D placed first and competed in their own division at the competition in Ohio. And Team E also competed in their own division at the competition in Georgia and placed first.

  • Team A: 97.8 = 775 PTS (additional 15 pts – 1st place)
  • Team B: 96.5 = 640 PTS (additional 10 pts – 2nd place)
  • Team C: 95.2 = 505 PTS (additional 5 pts – 3rd place)
  • Team D: 93.6 = 355 PTS (additional 15 pts – 1st place)
  • Team E: 92.7 = 265 PTS (additional 15 pts – 1st place)
Step 4: Teams are then Awarded Points Based on the Depth of Division. One Point is Awarded for Each Competitor in a Division. The Deeper the Division, the More Points. 
  • Teams A, B, C were in the same division – each team will receive 2 points for having 2 competitors 
  • Teams D & E were each in their own division without competitors so they do not receive bonus points in this category 
    • Team A: 97.8 = 777 PTS (additional 2 points for competing against 2 teams)
    • Team B: 96.5 = 642 PTS (additional 2 points for competing against 2 teams)
    • Team C: 95.2 = 507 PTS (additional 2 points for competing against 2 teams)
    • Team D: 93.6 = 355 PTS (did not receive additional points – no competition)
    • Team E: 92.7 = 265 PTS (did not receive additional points – no competition)
Step 5: Each Team is Then Ranked Based on Total Points for the Entire Season Based on Division Type, Division, & Level Per Event

As teams compete at qualifiers throughout the season, total points awarded from each competition are added together. The more Open Championship Qualifiers you attend, the more you move up in the ranks!

Note: If Team A competes in Senior Level 3 at Event 1 and then competes as a Senior Coed Level 3 at Event 2 the total points for each event WILL NOT be totaled since they competed in different divisions. 

 

WRAP UP

And there you have it!! It’s a complicated process, but weighted National Rankings help create an even playing field when scores can vary in range from different judging panels at different competitions!

National Rankings for the 2021-2022 Season begins November 17, 2021! You can view the National Ranking Top Ten video and download ALL rankings to see your team’s weighted ranking score on our web page at https://openchampionshipseries.com/national-rankings/

At the end of the season, Elite teams that have placed first in their division at the final National Ranking on March 30, 2022, will earn a paid bid to the Allstar World Championship!