FargoRate for Teams at the BCAPL National Championships
June 17, 2016 | Author: Mary Coffman
Beginning this July at the BCAPL National Championships, team divisions will be separated using the combined Fargo Ratings of the team members. When you add up the Fargo Ratings of you and your teammates, the sum will determine your division. But, as many of you may already know, your rating may adjust up or down as more data enters the FargoRate system.
TEAM RATING CHANGES
Your team may be under the division limit at the time you register, but what happens if your rating, or those of your teammates, go up before play begins at the BCAPL National Championships? First, don’t panic. This is usually not a problem because there is a 10-point PER PLAYER forgiveness cushion. If one or more members’ ratings push the total team rating above the division limit only by a few points, nothing changes. However, if the rating changes drive the total of the team’s Fargo Rating above the division limit plus the cushion, the team has three options:
- Play in the originally entered division and accept a one-game penalty per match for every 50 points beyond the cushion.
- Move up a division, which is not possible for those entered in the Platinum Division.
- Replace one player to remain within the division rating limit. (NOT the division rating limit plus the cushion). When replacing a player, the team must still meet all other team requirements.
A team in the Mixed 8-Ball Gold Division is below the 3,000 FargoRate limit when they register but by the time the BCAPL National Championships roll around, their combined rating has increased to 3,022 (22 points over the limit). Because it is still within the cushion, they can play with no penalty. However, if the team rating goes up to 3,051, the team must either accept a one-game penalty per match, move up into the Platinum Division, or replace a player to bring them back within the division limit of 3,000.
For those playing in the Women’s 8-Ball divisions, which is four players per team, the cushion is 40 points. So if the combined rating of a team entered in the Women’s 8-Ball Gold Division increases to 2,041, the team must then chose one of the three options.
If both teams in a match are being penalized one game for being over the team limit, there is no penalty for the match. However, if one team is incurring a single-game penalty and the other is being penalized two or more games per match, the difference between the penalties is used. For instance, if Team A is incurring a one-game penalty per match and they are playing Team B, which is incurring a two-game penalty, Team B would have a one-game penalty for that match.
INDIVIDUAL RATING MOVES BEYOND 720
Individuals whose rating surpasses 720 may also impact the team, even if the change doesn’t push the team rating over the division cap. There is a 10-point cushion for players rated 720 or below at the time of registration and the rating increases above 720 before the tournament. If the rating surpasses 730, the team must choose one of the following options:
- The team can accept a one-game penalty in each match for every 25 points over the limit plus the cushion (730).
- The team may move up into the next division, if possible.
- The team may replace the player. The new player must still meet all other requirements to participate on the team.
It is important to understand that these games are not handicaps, they are penalties for exceeding the division limits after registration.
The new rules are designed to allow for the normal rating fluctuations while keeping the divisions fair for all players.