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2020 Season Updates

Coronavirus Update 8/6/20:
We're bummed to announce the entire 2020 Tour Series is canceled. We were trying to hold out and see if the Covid situation would improve in the US to a point where we felt ok about running events that bring large groups of people together in close contact from across the country. It hasn't gotten to a point where we feel comfortable with the risk. So we're cancelling regionals, nationals, and fall college events through 2020.
 

Divisions

Restrictions:

  • Premier qualified players are not allowed to play in the Intermediate division.

When a Premier division is present:

  • Premier qualified teams are not allowed to play in the Advanced division.

  • A Premier player that meets the following criteria over the previous 12-month span is not allowed to play in the advanced division:

    • Top 4 Premier finish (or Advanced if there was no Premier division)

    • Top 8 Premier finish 2 times

    • Top 2 Advanced finish 2 times  

 

Premier Qualification and Re-qualification

Qualification:

  • Players qualify for Premier by finishing in the top 6 of a Regional Championship Advanced division or top 12 of the National Championship's Advanced division. Only the top 6 (or 12 if Nationals) teams earn Premier, even if one or more of the top teams had a Premier player on the roster.

  • Players remain qualified for premier for one year from the date of qualification. Premier status will be extended by the length of whatever the delay in the start of the season ends up being. The extension will be in relation to season start and end dates. In other words, the time between the end of the 2020 season and the start of the 2021 season will not be counted towards the extension.  

Requalification:

  • Win (or earn a bye) in the first round of bracket play of a sanctioned event’s Premier division.

    • When there is a Premier division, players cannot re-qualify for Premier through the Advanced division.

    • If there is no Premier division, the top 8 teams from the Advanced division will qualify/re-qualify.

 

Format

Pool Play

We think that even pools provide the best and most fair setup for pool play. There are a number of considerations when grouping pools such as timing, field space, skill levels, and number of teams. That said, the tournament director will ultimately be responsible for determining the best pool groupings. In doing so, they will aim to create even pools when possible. Generally, if there are pools of 5 or 6 teams then pool play games will be played to 21 cap at 25. If there are pools of 7 or 8 teams then pool play games will be played to 15 cap at 21. If there is a mix between pool sizes within a division (ie there's a pool of 6 and a pool of 7) games will be played to 15 with a cap at 21. See example.

Bracket Play

The results of pool play will determine the seeding for bracket play. When seeding teams we look at number of losses, head to head wins (when applicable), and average point differential. This year we will have additional tie breakers - average point differential omitting the highest and lowest results, loss differential, and average points against.

We will be using single elimination for all brackets and playing out for places. If you lose in the first or second round you’ll automatically drop into a feed-in consolation bracket. As such, every team will be guaranteed at least two bracket play matches. In the premier and women's division we will always play out for 5th place.

 

Seeding

The Premier and Women’s division will utilize an objective, points-based seeding system. We will calculate individual ranking points for each player. The sum of each player's top 5 individual depreciated points will be used for seeding purposes. At this time, there is not enough data from other divisions to make this format work accurately, though we will take any objective data available into consideration when seeding. 

How are individual points calculated?

Players receive 50% of the points their teams’ earned in the 2019 season. Players’ points are valid for a 12-month span (we're extending the cutoff of points by whatever the difference is between the scheduled start of the season and the actual start) and are subject to an exponential decay with a half-life of 6 months. When calculating seedings, the top 5 point values are used to represent an individual rank.

Example

Let’s say your team earned 50 points for reaching the quarterfinals of a Tour Stop in 2019. From that event, you get 25 points toward your rank and your partner gets 25 points. That part’s pretty simple.

We also know that the most recent results are the most meaningful. Due to this, the points you earn are depreciated over time. In this case, your 25 points would be worth 19.84 points 2 months later. A 6-month half-life means that 6 months after you earn the points they’re worth half of what they originally were.

 

Original Point Value x (½)^(Months since points earned/6) = Depreciated Points

25 x (½)^(2/6) = 19.84

 

Regardless of your teammate, points count toward your rank, so you don’t have to be playing with your permanent teammate to earn points for yourself. Your rank is based on the top 5 point values earned within a 12-month period. After 12-months, points no longer count.

Points

There will be two distinct points systems. The Advanced system will track points earned at independent tournaments and in the advanced division of sanctioned Spikeball tournaments. The Premier system will track points earned at sanctioned events in the Premier and Women’s division. A limited number of independent tournaments hosted by Recognized Roundnet Organizations will also be eligible to earn Premier points. The SRA will work with RROs and post which events are eligible for premier points.

Advanced Points

The Advanced points are based on the number of teams participating. Points can be earned from independent tournaments or through the advanced division of sanctioned Spikeball tournaments. Learn more about submitting points from independent tournaments.

Finish

16 - 31 Teams

32 - 63 Teams

64+ Teams

1st

25

63

88

2nd

15

38

53

3rd

10

25

35

4th

8

19

27

Quarterfinals

4

10

15

 

Premier Points

The Premier points are based on the type of event and the strength of the competition. This system is used to track the Pro/Premier and Women’s divisions at sanctioned events.

  • In the case there is a Pro and Premier division, Premier rankings will start where Pro rankings end.

    • For example, if there are 8 teams in the Pro Division, first place in Premier would be considered 9th place and so on.

  • In the case there are not enough teams to run a premier division, then only the top 8 teams will earn Premier Points. Teams 9 - 16 will earn advanced points according to their position (ie Tied for 9th = 1st place Advanced points)

  • At least 8 teams must be registered for a division to be eligible for points at an event.

  • When T-5, T-7 etc., base points will be the average (ie T-5 is the average of 5-8 points = 50)

  • For Regionals, there will be a points freeze so that all four regions multipliers are calculated against the same threshold.  

Total Points = Base Value x Event Type Multiplier x Strength Multiplier

Base Value Points:

Rank

Points

1

325

2

195

3

130

4

95

5

65

6

55

7

45

8

35

9

32

10

30

11

28

12

26

13

24

14

22

15

20

16

18

17

17

18

16

19

15

20

14

21

13

22

12

23

11

24

10

25

9

26

8

27

7

28

6

29

5

30

4

31

3

32

2

 

Advanced division qualifying teams (ie teams moving into the premier division for the first time) will be given points for placing in the top 3. These points are not subject to any multipliers.

  • 1st = 1.5

  • 2nd = 1

  • 3rd = .5

Event Type Multiplier

Tour Stop = 1

Grand Slam = 1.2

Nationals = 2.2

Strength Multiplier

Tournaments have varying degrees of difficulty based on the teams that participate. To make our rankings more accurate we have a strength multiplier. In 2020, we've added more tiers to the strength multiplier and have included negative multipliers. These additions allow the multiplier to be more responsive to the strength of the field means the points more accurately reflect the difficulty of the competition. The strength multiplier is determined by looking at the percentage of total ranking points compared to the maximum amount of points.

Premier: We compare the top 5 finishes of the top 32 players in the highest division to the top five finishes of the top 32 players overall. (If there are fewer than 16 teams we look at the points of all players in the highest division)

Women's: We compare the top 5 points of the top 10 players in the highest division to the top 10 players overall.

Total Possible Points Multiplier
90 - 100% 1.6
89.99 - 80% 1.5
79.99 - 70% 1.4
69.99 - 60% 1.3
59.99 - 50% 1.2
49.99 - 40% 1.1
39.99 - 30% 1
29.99 - 20% 0.75
19.99 - 10% 0.5
9.99 - 5% 0.25
4.99 - 0% 0

 

Prize Structure  

There will be cash prizes for the top division in Women’s and Open at Regionals and Nationals based on the number of teams in the respective divisions.

 

Regionals

Regionals will follow our traditional tournament format. Players are only allowed to play in one regional tournament. This year players are can choose to play in any region in hopes of creating an ease of opportunity to participate. There are no auto bids from into a Pro Division at Nationals (see Nationals details). Additionally, the top 6 teams for the advanced division will earn premier.

Regionals Prizes

8+ Teams

  • 1st - $500
  • 2nd - $250
  • 3rd - $150
  • 4th - $100  

Nationals

There will no longer be a set Pro Division for Nationals. Both Women's Advanced and Premier will follow a new format:

  • Teams will be seeded based on their top 2 individual undepreciated points from the 2019 season as well as any team points earned from regionals.
  • Teams will be placed into pools of 3 or 4 for pool play.
  • All pool play matches will be best of 3 to 21.
  • The winner of each pool moves into the Pro Bracket.
  • Slotting for the Pro Bracket is based off the top team in each pool's rank going into the event.
  • Teams not qualifying for Pro Bracket will play out a consolation bracket
  • Additionally, the top 12 teams from the Advanced division will earn Premier.

 

Nationals Prizes

64+ Teams

  • 1st - $4000
  • 2nd - $2000
  • 3rd - $1000
  • 4th - $500
  • 5th - $325
  • 6th - $250
  • T-7th - $175
  • 9th - $150
  • 10th - $125
  • T-11th - 100
  • T-13th - $50

16 - 63 Teams

  • 1st - $1000
  • 2nd - $500
  • 3rd - $250
  • 4th - $100
  • 5th - $50
 

SRA Board

The current board consists of:

  • Skyler Boles
  • Shaun Boyer
  • Harding Brumby
  • Ezra Dantowitz
  • Chris Hornacek
  • Alli Kauffman
  • Taylen Peterson
  • Jack Scotti
  • Mike White

 

Season Update Notes

We're excited to roll out these new initiatives and believe they will help our sport continue to grow and improve. If you're interested in the thought process behind these updates, click here for a little more info about our goals and rationale. Like anything new, we know there will be some kinks to work out along the way and appreciate your support and patience as we do so. At times, we may need to make some adjustments to this outline. We also know that tournament directors need the ability to make adjustments when unique circumstances deem it necessary. We are absolutely pumped about the direction we're moving and the future of roundnet! We hope you are too!

If you have any ideas, concerns, or questions, please feel free to contact us at tournaments@spikeball.com.