Welcome to the GigRower results league, 2012 season. “GRL” (Join here!)
We’ve been mulling over how best to provide a results league for some time and this is our first attempt at building it so please bear in mind that we’re open to suggestions and will develop the format over time if this proves successful.
[ UPDATE 20-March-2012 ]
Why have a results league?
The purpose of the GigRower results league (GRL) is to see if we can build a rowing league based on how rowers perform against each other at race events. You’ll be able to see the top ranked rowers and have your own personal score that updates depending on your results through the race season. If you perform well against lots of crews, you’ll get lots of points. Or, compete in lots of races at smaller events and amass points that way. Feedback from rowers of all ages and abilities has been that they’d like to see their performances recorded regardless of how they finish in a regatta.
Event types and scoring.
Once you’re registered into the league (name, age, sex, contact email, and the club you usually row for) then for a given event you’ll get a score assigned to you depending on the type of race (or races) that you took part in and where you or a GigRower representative tells us that you finished. Obviously we’re unable to monitor every one of the many events throughout the season so the results process will be open to peer-review. In other words, if someone says that you didn’t finish where you said you did, or a picture doesn’t put you in the crew you said you were in then the result will not be used for points in the league.
At present, the gig racing circuit has two main event formats -
1) Mass participation “all comers” events such as the World Pilot Gig Championships, Newquay Championships, 3 Rivers Race, Mixed & Vets Championships etc.
This scoring depends on the number of crews that take part in a race.
2) Multi-class events where crews race in one or more distinct categories – “A”, “B”, “Vets”, “Juniors” etc.
In this scenario, we will try to weight the points score depending on the class of race you took part in. For example, competing in a closely fought 18-boat “A” crew race should be worth more points than a 10-boat poorly contested “C” crew race. The RACE_CLASS_WEIGHTING will allow us to fine-tune this.
Points = ( SCORE as in #1 above ) x RACE_CLASS_WEIGHTING
Finally, the scoring process is dynamic. Your score reflects the difference between your result position and the lowest placed GigRower league entrants. If more rowers join the league and you finished ahead of them (and they record their scores), then your points will be adjusted accordingly.
How do I see my score?
Once we’ve started to build up our results data, we’ll place a league page on www.gigrower.co.uk and have a rankings widget on the front page. With age and sex information we’ll be able to sub-categorise the results into various divisions – OPEN (all ages), SENIOR (18-29), VET30 (30-39), VET40 (40+), COXSWAINS, CLUBS. “COXSWAIN” scoring means you pick up the same number of points as your crew, so cox more races for more points. “CLUB” scoring is total aggregate score for all rowers for the “club I normally row for”.
Any other rules?
Yes, we reserve the right to change the scoring and league format if we feel the fairness of the league is being compromised.
Anyone suspected of manipulating their results will be suspended or removed from the league.
We reserve the right to refuse membership of the league.
Joining the racing league.
All you need to do to join the league is provide some basic details – name, age, sex, contact email etc., and the name of the club you usually row for. Any details you provide will only be used as part of running the league and not passed to any third party.