***SUMMER LADDERS occur every Tuesday at 8am on Wagner courts. If interested, contact Wayne Hatton at firstname.lastname@example.org ***
SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR 2017 LADDERS
The following individuals have earned recognition for play in the Fall/Spring Ladders.
Attendance: Participated in the most Ladders
4.0 Joe Pojman-24
3.5 Romona Knipstein-36
3.0 Steve Leitchman-31
2.5 Al Gastellu-35
Percentage( must have played in 20 Ladders)
4.0 Joe Pojman-91.94%
3.5 Wayne Hatton (M)-83.20%
3.5 Arline De Roon (W)-82.46%
3.0 Hank Jimenez (M)-79.58
3.0 Susie Fisher (W)-79.51
2.5 Jim Cornell (M)-71.1%
2.5 (W) No woman played in 20 Ladders
LADDER RULES & INFO
Thank you for your patience for this season of Ladders and our interface with TrackitHub. Through trial and error, and working with TrackitHub to conform to our programs, I believe we have finally found a system that will work overall. Please note the SCF Rating Committee in conjunction with TrackitHub are constantly seeking ways to improve in order to have this competitive program enjoyable for all.
The big change for 2017 season is we no longer need to have Groups in our ladder.
Groups are offered by Trackithub as a tool to control large movements up and down the ladder by new players. The “Groups method” limits new player volatility to only bouncing up and down within a portion of the ladder, instead of the entire ladder.
The downside of using “Groups” in a ladder is that as players improve (or fade) they need to be moved between the groups. This not only causes work for the organizers, it also causes considerable concern and confusion for the players. We have learned over the course of this first season that the “Groups method” is not the right solution for our ladder program.
Fortunately, Trackithub has recently added another tool to control new player seeding and volatility. This new tool is called an “Over-ride” and it works much better than the “Groups method”. And it is way less work for the organizers. This tool lets the organizers put in a percentage value for a player that is only used to rank the court assignments. The player’s actual average score remains untouched, but if an over-ride percentage is in place for that player, the software will use that value for court assignment.
The result is that we no longer need the Groups in our ladder. At some point this summer we will move everyone into one group. After that all players will be able to move gradually up or down the entire ladder depending solely on their skill. No more artificial ceilings to break through to move up a group and no more tough decisions about moving down a group.
Converting our “ 5 Group ” ladder into a Single Group?
The only fair way to make the change will be to delete the existing results and start the scoring over again. But we will start back up with every player ranked exactly in the order they are now. We will delete all of the 2015 – 16 winter season results and assign each player an “Over-ride” percentage value that will put them back on the courts in the ranking order. The top player in the top group of the ladder will have 94% and each lower ranked player will be given a slightly lower percentage until we reach the bottom player in the bottom group who will have about 65%.
Your ranking in the ladder will not change, but your current results score is going to disappear. In its place will be your Over-ride percentage, which just serves to keep the court assignments in ranking order and you will still start out this season playing with the same group of players.
Please realise that there will be some volatility this fall, and be patient for the first few sessions. Some volatility will be from players who only played 1 or 2 sessions in last season ladder and are likely not in the right spot. Also some players will have played a lot over the summer and some will not have played at all, so that will cause some movement up and down the ladder.
To control the volatility (as much as we can) an Over-ride percentage will remain in place for every current player’s first 5 shootouts. The Over-ride value may be adjusted during the first 5 shootouts, if needed to control volatility. The system will still be gathering and tabulating your actual results which will be used when the Over-ride is removed. After you have 5 shootouts of actual results, we will remove the Over-ride value and your court assignments be based solely on your actual results. Once the Over-ride is removed that will be the last ever adjustment to the player’s score. At no point does the Over-ride percentage become part of your actual results.
All new players who enter the ladder in future will be assigned an Over-ride percentage in accordance with their rating. This is similar to what we do now, when we assign a player to a group based on their rating. The new players court assignment will be controlled by the Over-ride percentage for their first 5 shootouts and the Over-ride value may be adjusted during those first 5 shootouts if needed.
We firmly believe this change will produce a better ladder for the long term. So it is well worth the effort to make the changeover.
If you have any questions you can contact Roger Nelson at email@example.com
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