Commissioner Message Regarding the WPRO Ranking System and Season Ending Rankings

The WPRO’s ranking system is based on a 12 month cycle. That means that the season ending ranking points include the points earned for all tournaments on the schedule for the previous 12 months. Let’s use this season as an example and focus on the #1 and #2 spots. Heading into the WPRO Ektelon World Championships in New Orleans (May 12-15, 2011), Rhonda Rajsich had recently overtaken Paola Longoria in points for the #1 ranking by defeating her in the In Shape WPRO Championships in Stockton (April 29-May 1, 2011). That win gave Rhonda a point total of 1544.30 and Paola a point total of 1530.53. The assumption by some was that if Paola won the World Championships this year, she would take over the #1 ranking because the margin between her and Rhonda was less than 14 points. However, based on the 12 month cycle if the same event occurs around the same time every year, the points earned for that event are not dropped or replaced until after that event is completed the following season.

Last year, Paola earned 228.75 points at the World Championships in New Orleans with her second place finish. This year she earned 300 points — 160 x 1.875 points. Note 1.875 is our Grand Slam multiplier. The points from last year were replaced by the points earned this year so Paola had a net gain of 71.25 points for that event to close out the 2010-2011 season. Rhonda Rajsich earned 127.50 points for her semifinal finish at the World Championships last year. This year, she earned 210 points — 112 x 1.875 — for her second place finish. This gave her a net gain of 82.50 points. With Rhonda’s 13.77 points going into the 2011 World Championships and 11.25 points more than Paola’s net gain from last year appearance, Rhonda has earned more total points in 14 tournaments. Therefore, Rhonda is the #1 ranked player for the 2010-2011 season. Note: Paola did not compete in the Tier 1 event in Olympia, Washington.

The 12 month cycle is currently being used by pro tours across a variety of sports around the world and has been used by the WPRO for many years. Moving forward, in an effort to eliminate any confusion, the WPRO will also publish a “year-to-date” compilation of ranking points. This will allow the players and others to see the current standings as we go.

Please visit http://www.wpro-tour.com/rankings.asp for the complete 2010-2011 season ending rankings and http://www.wpro-tour.com/resources.asp to view the WPRO Ranking System.

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The Women’s Professional Racquetball Organization (WPRO) is the governing body of a growing membership of the highest-level professional female racquetball players in the world. The WPRO is currently comprised of elite athletes representing over a dozen countries, including the United States, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Puerto Rico, Japan, Dominican Republic and Colombia.

Shannon Feaster
WPRO Commissioner

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