SLALOM RANKINGS Calculations Used to Determine 1996 Slalom Rankings

Slalom Rankings calculations have been simplified and each athlete can now essentially compute his/her own results, using the rankings factor values in the attached tables.

A competitor's race ratio is calculated for each race in which he/she
competed in a particular class. The competitor's time is divided by the
fastest time in the race, regardless of class. This is then multiplied by
the Field Strength factor and the Importance factor for a particular
race -- see the
table of 1996 races
for assigned values of factors. The formula is:

competitor's time

-------------- X Field Strength X Importance factor = competitor's race ratio

fastest time of race

To calculate a competitors ranking, his/her best 3 results (competitor race ratios) for the year (January through December) are averaged. If a competitor has only two results, the average of the two results is multiplied 0.95 (a 5% penalty is assessed). A competitor having only one result is assessed a 10% penalty, with his/her result multiplied by 0.90. This rank ratio is then normalized for each class so that the top competitor in each class has a rank of 100.

The NSWC determined that rankings will be classified as follows:

"A" Ranked 85% to 100%

"B" Ranked 65% to 84%

"C" Ranked 40% to 64%

"D" Ranked below 40%

If you have any questions concerning the current method of determining rankings, please contact Max Wellhouse, NSWC Rankings Committee Chair, at 501/758-4716.

For questions on data concerning individual rankings, contact Karin Baldzer at 74512.1673@compuserve.com or at 410/377-5814.

1996 RANKINGS FACTORS

(Total Points Possible = 20)

Factor Points | Field Strength (fastest times) | Importance of Race |

10 | 4 National "A" Team athletes | Olympic/National Team Trials |

U.S. Nationals | ||

9 | 3 National "A" Team athletes | CIWS Finals |

Junior Trials | ||

Jr/Sr/Ms Nationals | ||

8 | 2 National "A" Team athletes | CIWS Qualifiers |

Junior Olympics | ||

7 | 1 National "A" Team athlete | Team Trials Qualifier/USOF Qualifiers |

Mid-America Series | ||

6 | "A" ranked athlete | Divisional Championships |

Major Cup Series, Major Double Headers | ||

Junior Olympic Qualifiers | ||

5 | "B" ranked athlete | Other Local/Regional Races |

C-D Race Series | ||

4 | "C" ranked athlete | Citizens Races |

3 | ||

2 | "D" ranked athlete | Flatwater/Pool/Jiffy Slaloms |

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