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2018 Rankings Policy Changes

The posted rankings  reflect the policies that were voted on and approved by Member Congress in July 2018.  This is a listing of those changes and how they are reflected in this calculator:

1 – Rankings will be calculated on a nine (9) month rolling time period, and Strength Rating will continue to be calculated on a twelve (12) month rolling time period.

  • For the August 1, 2018 rankings, the previously posted July 1 rankings were used to calculate each game’s earned rankings points. 
  • To calculate a team’s strength, the rankings points earned over the previous 12 months were used in the calculation.
  • To calculate a team’s ranking, an average of the rankings points earned from games played between November 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018 (9 months) was used.

2 – To achieve a strength and a ranking, a team must play at least three games in a given competitive season.  Additionally, World Open and World Female teams must also play at least one game against a World ranked opponent.

  • Teams who had previously played three games in the past 12 months with one of those games being against a ranked opponent were given a rank and a strength in the August rankings.
  • Teams who drop below the required 2 game minimum in a 12-month period lose their strength and ranking and start over.  They are required to play three games to re-enter the rankings table.  (This is not a new policy, just a clarification)

3 – Bonus rankings multiplier points will be eliminated for JRDA Regional Tournaments and JRDA Championships.

  • There were no bonus multiplier points awarded for games played at 2018 Championships.
  • Games from the 2017 Championships fell off of the calculator, thus are not part of the current rankings.

4 – Games will create new and separate rankings for all three divisions (Open, Female, Male) for the following regions beginning with the 2018-2019 competitive season: Australia, Canada, Europe.  Existing rankings will be rechristened World Rankings. 

  • This will go into effect at the beginning of the next season, Sept 1, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTE - Once a Strength has been established, an additional 4 sanctioned games minimum is required for teams to become eligible for JRDA Championships.   For more details on how Strength and Rankings are calculated, please visit the RANKINGS CALCULATOR BREAKDOWN tab on THIS PAGE.