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Seeding/Ranking/Rating - Basic Seeding

Basic Ranking
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Basic Seeding

In preparing a draw, it is important to consider as much background information about the players as possible. Most events are seeded according to a set of criteria that incude a player's results in the previous year's event (it it is ongoing), any recent results, state and national ranking points and "common sense."

Common sense includes - what to do when a player changes age brackets during the year; players who compete on the pro tour while maintaining their ameteur status; former pros; personal knowledge of the players (do they play lots of tournaments to earn points, but rarely win them?) - plus many other variales.

For example, the top ranked player in your area may not automatically retain the #1 seed position when you consider the last-minute entry of a four-time national champion from out of town. It's all relative.

While tournament directors and seeding committees rarely manage to please all of the people all of the time, many use these widely-accepted, standard guidelines to establish a fair draw.

Example of a 16 draw tournament:

1 vs 16
9vs8
5vs12
13vs4
3vs14
11vs6
1vs10
15vs2