With the recent release of rankings by the OLA, I’ve not seen this much bickering since the last time I was at a Bingo parlour (that was quite a long time ago and yes I did actually try it). But what not many people know is the time and energy that it takes to sort out these rankings, and the whole story.
Now I will not profess to know the whole story, but I do know a lot of it. And I’ve offered (and it has been accepted) to help out for 2010, to hopefully better the “process” by which how teams are ranked. First, people need to understand, that to go on the Fan Forum and say “how can team X be rated C, when they clobbered team Y in a tournament?” I will admit, it is a valid argument, but let me make two points, before you frantically start typing that I am crazy.
My first point is that we need to create a system by where teams either play other teams in the appropriate divisions (A, B, C, etc.), or at a minimum, we have a way of comparing games against similar opponents. This cannot always be accomplished in zone games, just due to varying skill levels across teams. But, in the case above, we could say that if Team X and team Y had a close (within a few goals) game and team Y beat Team Z by two, it is fair to say that Team X, Y and Z really are in the same class. If any of the games are blowouts, then we can adjust accordingly.
But here are two of the current issues causing frustration for those in the unenviable position of ranking. One, teams do not always go to more than one tournament, or go to B/C when they should be competing in A (or even vice versa). Second, there is a major delay in a lot of cases getting scores in from zone games and/or the tournaments themselves.
To say it should be easy for the OLA to figure this out is not fair. It would certainly be easier of everything was in front of the person doing the rankings. But nobody at the OLA can possibly go out and see every team, in every division, at every tournament. So really, our only way is to compare scores from zone games and tournaments. But if they are not readily available, then what? This is how teams end up in a division that is not suitable.
I know that this is an issue, but instead of simply posting the injustices, I’d really honestly like to hear some opinions from some of you on “how” you think the “process” can be improved. Please do not give team names, but rather, ideas, processes, and concepts. I can certainly assure you that if it makes any sense at all, I will pass it on to at least discuss as an option.
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