Has anyone thought as to replace, and update Peter Farrelly's ranking system, so as to bring us into line with other sports that have a ranking system. If we are going to say that we have an official ranking system then we need to refine the excellent system that Peter started, but always insisted was unofficial, and his own idea.
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Dave, when I decided to take over the rankings when Pete stopped doing the BBQ, there was no real option for me but to continue Pete's system and implement his proposed changes from BBQ 63.
I do think there needs to be a ranking sub commitee, so that changes can be discussed once a year and majority decides what changes are put through. The people who make up this commitee would hopefully be one from each county, but at worst be a collection of players who take an interest in how the ranking system works.
Regards to changes, I have 2 that have come to my mind whilst doing the rankings.
1) More points for opens. Pete did alter this but only altered points for the senmi finalists onwards. I would include points for everyone to at least the top 32. With 80-100 players taking part in opens, it seems a waste to only give points to 16 players, and 8 of them only get 1 point.
2) Rankings points scored in different years should be weighted. That is to say an open victory in 2006 should be worth less than an open victory in 2007. The rankings should reflect current form, and this can be done by reducing points scored over 12 months ago by say 33% and points scored over 24 months ago by two thirds. Any ranking points earned over 3 years ago will be worth zero.
As shown before on this forum people do have other thoughts, and we need a way of getting the ideas together, which is why I think a sub commitee needs to be formed, so that democratic decisions can be made. Also as this is a continuation of Pete's system it has no endorsment from the AEBBA and therefore is not official. We won't be able to change that till the AGM.
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I very much like what I see so far, Nigel and Sav. You've kept it going "in the spirit that Fazza would have intended" which does not detract from the credibility.
I agree that a sort of rankings sub committee (approved by the AEBBA AGM) should be set up, with powers to modify the system to suit.
Here is not really the time and place to start a discussion, but just to say that I do agree with the sentiment of your point 1) - Opens should have a lot more bearing than they do at present.
Not so sure about 2) though - this is a completely new concept. If you look at the current list there are already some truly great players slipping down the ranks - purely because they have limited their bar billiards activities in the last couple of years. This idea would cause their sun to set even quicker.