USFA rankings - good for how long?

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  1. magyar1964

    magyar1964 Rookie

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    How long does a USFA ranking last? An 09 ranking will expire in ...?
    Sorry if this seems like a silly question but I can't seem to find this info anywhere - and I've tried many searches.
    Thanks.
     
  2. TBean

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    Letter ranking or points?

    For ease of explanation, letter ranking degrade one letter every four years - so an A09 if not re-earned before 2013 becomes a B13.

    Points, earned at events that give them out, are rolling. They are good for 12 months.

    This information is in the Althletes Handbook which you can find on the USFA website.
     
  3. epeemike81

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    One additional note: While ratings are given based on year, they degrade based on season.

    In other words, an A2006 will not degrade to a B2010 until August 1st.

    -m
     
  4. DHCJr

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    Which I always found very strange. If you have a New Years Eve tournament and earned a rating it would expire in 3 years 7 months. If the tournament was the next day, it would expire in 4 years 7 months.

    My thought to be consistent would to earn ratings by season and expire by season or earn by year and expire by year. This half-and-half is just wrong.
     
  5. epeemike81

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    Meh. Really not a big deal. And more importantly, not one your solution would fix. If we expired on year, then you're example above would be exactly the same but without the 7 month shift. There'd still be a 1 year difference in the duration of a rating earned on 12/31 and 1/1.

    Without a significant increase in complexity (by which we tracked earned dates and ratings degraded 4 years after the day they were earned), this issue will always exist. the benefit of fixing it is dubious at best.

    -m
     
  6. Philistine

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    I always thought that was confusing as well.

    Presumably, the reason it was that way was because you'd need to send a card with the degraded rating and you'd be sending out a new membership card August 1st anyway, so you're saving the time/money by doing it at the same time, rather than sending out new cards to all degredations on January 1, and having to send out new cards to all those people again 7 months later for their membership renewal.

    Given the new system of membership cards, and online lists, there doesn't seem to be any particular reason to keep this system, and a calender year system (A09 becomes B13 on Jan 1, 2013) seems to make much more sense.

    --Philistine
     
  7. TBean

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    I figured that was more information than necessary to answer what the OP was basically looking for - which was also why I referenced the Athletes Handbook as the resource for the information.
     
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  8. tchwojko

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    I wouldn't think this would happen often enough to warrant fussing over: the rating has to expire AND the fencer has to fence in a tournament where the rating matters within that 6 to 12 month period.

    My rating will go down a notch this year due to lack of use, and I really don't care where I am on that spectrum. Either I'll get back to fencing and earn it back (or better) or I won't.
     
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    Woohoo, I get to fence in E tournaments next year. Why I'd possibly want to, I do not know.
     
  10. DHCJr

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    So why not have the earning be by season also?

    Actually it happens all the time. I just gave the most extreme case. Any body getting a rating in the first half of the season (before December) have the same thing happen versus the second half.

    I know it doesn't matter too much, but they should be consitent.

    I know, I know asking for the USFA to be consistent and logical is asking for the impossible, but I can hope!
     
  11. Philistine

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    Too complicated. How do you designate before or after July 31? E05(1/2)?

    --Philistine
     
  12. tchwojko

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    I can believe lots of ratings lapse, but I'm surprised if the timing really affects anyone competitively. After 4 years it's all kind of fuzzy anyway. It's adding extra precision to something that isn't all that precise to begin with. A06, B10 pretty much a toss up.
     
  13. SJCFU#2

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    Any solution to the first problem (one day making a difference of one year) would probably require additional granularity to ratings (perhaps tracking not only by year but also by month). Personally I'm not sure it would be worth the bother (especially since, as Tchewojko pointed out, the system isn't that precise to begin with).

    However the current system of tracking ratings by calander year yet having them change at the end of the season (July 31st) has been causing confusion ever since it was introduced back in the mid-80's. After 25 years of dealing with the same question you'd think we could stop repeating the same mistake over and over again (especially since the USFA is already using the calender year to determine elegibility for age restricted events)!
     
  14. peet

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    Sorry if this has already been said, but:

    There is a simple way to make letter ratings good for the season and expire with that same season: Award the same "year" on earned ratings for the whole season, so that they get seeded the same.

    e.g.: A C rating earned on 08/01/2009 would be a "C09" and a C earned on 07/31/2010 would be a "C09". (Calling them both "C10" would work just as well. If people would prefer a more explicit but verbose naming scheme, they could be called "C09/10". But that's just a nomenclature question).

    And then of course, expire them the same way we do now.

    -p

    Oh, and speaking as one who has to program systems for this stuff, this way of doing things would save me some headaches, not cause them.
     
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  15. Omar Bhutta

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    For that matter, in the end, it does not matter what year it was earned it. What matters is that it will expire in 4 seasons.

    If you earn a C, call it a C4. On the first day of a new season, everyone's rating drops by 1. If you had a C0, it becomes a D4.

    Year then becomes irrelevant.
     
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  16. TBean

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    Clear, logical, simple - an elegant solution.
     
  17. SJCFU#2

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    Which probably means that it's doomed to be ignored (unfortunately).
     
  18. Fiat Slug

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    Only in a cesspool do people value clarity, logic, and simplicity. The "real world" does not share those values. :)

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  19. peet

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    I think the next change in USFA fencer ratings will be a complete replacement system, not a tweak of the existing system.

    I suggested the above ideas only because they are interesting, not because I think they will or should happen.

    :D

    -p
     
  20. SJCFU#2

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    Granted, a simple tweak won't come anywhere near solving all of the problems with our current system (that would require a completely replacement). However a complete replacement will require time to develop and implement and in the meantime we'll most likely have to get by with our existing system (flawed as it is).

    If we're going to be stuck with the existing system for at least the next few years then there's little justification (outside of bureaucratic inertia, and any new system will have to overcome that as well) for not implementing a simply tweak that would eliminate one wrinkle that has been confusing people for the last quarter-century.
     

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