USA Rank

USA Rank
 

 

USA Rank has taken a GIANT leap forward!   We'll tell you why and what it will do for you, but first, let's make sure you understand what has changed.

 


What Changed?

 

Hundreds of thousands of additional results

 

The USA Rank team is identifying ranking events (regardless of the host) and adding their FULL results into the database each week to support the full National Ranking system. Teams can still enter ALL of their results to include any we missed. USYS state, regional and national competitions and US Club National competitions are used for seeding purposes. More recent games carry a higher weight, however, ALL games affect your rankings equally, so you can't "buy" your ranking.

 


Rankings are calculated weekly

 

You'll be able to see how your rank has changed each week and what caused the change. You can see your team's ranking history for the past 26 weeks. We show you the calculation and full details so you can see how your results affected your team.

 

 

 


Teams are grouped into levels

 

Your ranking is displayed as your position within your level (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Red, Blue, Green).  What is important to you is your position relative to the teams you fairly compete with and the ability to consider tournaments that offer divisions within range of your team's ability. Your team's level is determined by your national rank.  

 

  • 1-100 = Gold
  • 101-250 = Silver
  • 251-450 = Bronze
  • 451-750 = Red
  • 751-1050 = Blue
  • 1051-1550 = Green

 

Age Changes are managed

 

The age change mandate has caused many teams to change their competitive age.  The new ranking calculation allows for that change without losing your team's ranking or game history. You'll see your ranking when you apply for events and you can make sure it is accurate so that you athlete's experience at the event is both challenging AND productive.

 

 

 

 

USA Rank Key

 

Each team is assigned a USA Rank Key which will allow every event in the country to access a suite of tools to seed their event accurately and objectively. Your six character key will lead directly to your team's site on a computer or mobile device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event Rankings

 

Soon you will be able to access the most complete tournament database in the country which uses your teams stats to evaluate which events are best for YOUR team.

 

It is nice to know which event has the top 25teams in the country, but unless you happen to be one of the top 25 teams in the country, how does that help you?  Instead...

 

Which events fall within the distance your parents are willing to travel to a given weekend?

Which events feature teams at your age; at your level?

Which events include teams outside your neighborhood; teams you didn't play against in the past season?

Which events use objective seeding to make sure you get placed wher eyou belong?

Which events provide access to the recruiting features that are important?

Which events use technology that keeps you connected?

 

And of course which of those categories are most important to you and your team?

How can sincVIP members help?
We are raising the bar on our youth rankings. Nobody knows Youth the sport and the teams better than our sincVIP's. We've already figured out how to create an unbiased ranking system based on actual results.

For soccer, USYS and USClub National Championships cement our rankings from U14 to U19. (Just because Team A beats Team B, C and D, it doesn't mean they could compete with Team G). We use other regional and national events for seeding in other sports.

Our sincVIP's are helping us with seeding information. For U13 and younger, the information provided by our sincVIP's tells us where teams should be grouped without setting how teams should be ranked. (sincVIP's, click the blue 'S' on any younger team to seed them).
  • Seedings are overridden by actual results.
  • Seedings never lower a team's ranking.
  • Seedings aren't necessary for all teams.
  • Teams that play a seeded teams will be ranked appropriately.
  • Seedings do not guarantee rankings. Our methods keep the seedings from biasing rankings.
What if people lie about their results?

We have been impressed with the accuracy of the data entered by teams and the honesty of those entering the data.  (Stop being so cynical!)  Certainly the system is self-policing since data entered is available to all members to see and immediately appears on the opponent's page. 

We have a policy that if a team enters results they must enter the results of ALL of their games at that event.  If they don't we will either complete or delete partial results.  And, of course, we can revoke any team's ability to enter their own data if they don't follow the rules!

Some of these rankings still make no sense to me????

Our system is completely objective and based on results against opponents in any game, tournament or league.  We do not award quantity of games as it is not a valid factor in ranking.  In order to make the system work, it must be seeded.  At the older ages, we are able to use the USYS and US CLUB National Championship series to define the top teams.  Then teams are rated by their play against them and then by games against teams that played teams that played them, etc. 

 

The National Championship series is not an option for the younger ages so we must use the top brackets at some regionally competitive events to seed the rankings.  A few of the events that are currently being used are the Jefferson Cup, WAGS and the Atlanta Cup.  A younger team doesn't need to play in one of those events to receive a top rating, but it must play one of the teams that did or a team that played one of those teams.  As there isn't as much travel at the younger ages, it takes longer for the rankings to spread across all teams.

 

The ranking system is fluid and interdependent.  If a team is ranked too low, it will bring down the rankings of its opponents.  Therefore, teams can not be ranked arbitrarily.

 

Only games that are against teams within one year of a teams age are taken into consideration.  Here is a good analogy:

 

Think of it as lining the third graders up by height.  If Billy is taller than Jimmy but shorter that Tommy we put him in between them in line.  If I told you that George was taller than Albert in the fourth grade…  Would that help you decide where to put George in the third grade line? 

 

Lets take a team that is playing all of its games up an age. That is like Albert, a 3rd grader that was double promoted to the fourth grade.  If I tell you that Albert is ranked fourth in height in the fourth grade would that tell you where to put him in the 3rd grade line?  It would make more sense to rank that team among the older teams and then bring them back down when they move back to their own age group (for State Cup, for instance).

 

Sometimes you might see a team whose best game was a win over the 30th ranked team and yet they are ranked #4.  You will probably see that they won by 3 or more goals and they have no losses against higher ranked teams.  That's like saying the Billy is MUCH taller than Jimmy, but having no additional information.  It is difficult to know just where to place them until we have more information.  The system make the best mathematical decision it can but there is no "right" answer.  Placing them too low would also be unfair to every other team they have played since it would negatively affect them without any valid reason to do so.

 

Generally, the system works those out since any other teams that defeated teams that might be ranked too high are anxious to enter those game to get the "bump" that game will give them.

 

We have over 800,000 games in the system, but the answer is still....MORE DATA.

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