I am working many extra hours because my public radio station is in the middle of its 10-day fundraising drive. We have to make nearly half of everybody's salary and the money it takes to keep us on the air. Only in public radio is the business model to give the product away for free and then ask people to give us some money if they want it to continue.
Thanks Susie, for your help but the rules get tweaked each and every year a little so the 2008 rules are a little outdated. Last year's rules can be found on the Yahoo group site in last year's folders.
And one of the rules Wes wanted to know about HAS been changed since then. When we started out the PDGA didn't have so many ratings updates through the winter, so we would reset the current PDGA member's ratings when the new ratings would come out. (another good reason to be a current PDGA member
) But the non-current/non-members whined and cried about it too much so we changed that rule.
In the past we had a much greater problem with ratings inflation during the season, nearly all players finished the season with ratings 40-60 points above their PDGA ratings. So it was an advantage to get to reset your rating every year. It still is an advantage, but we only do that to start the season this year so the PDGA rating you have on 10/8/11 is what you will start with.
And yes, this is
a ratings-based handicapped league, so yes, there is some strategy involved. I am sorry if that bothers some people. We are not playing an Open-type competition, we do not have to take each and every throw we make all season long so seriously. Not everything in life is part of the battle to be Oregon's Pro Woman champion Emma... There is plenty of time to play hard and compete during the season ahead.
I plan to be drunk....errrrr have a good time during the prelims and have a good time playing disc golf with my friends where I do not care how I shoot. It is funny how sometimes you actually shoot better when there is no pressure.
So to specifically answer Wes' question: Current PDGA members start with their ratings from 10/8 and then average that with all of the rounds that they shoot during the prelims. What we will
be changing this year, as soon as I can get the formula right, is to limit the effect that playing below your rating has on your rating. Your rating will go down half as fast as it will go up.
So if your PDGA rating is 950 and you shoot 3 prelim rounds of 975, 950 and 925 your rating will be the average of 950, 975, 950 & 937.5 for a rating of 953. Last year your rating would have been 950.
So I encourage all OTDG players to come on out and have some fun rounds to start the TDG season off right. You can play up to 2 rated rounds each day for 4 total rounds if you'd like. The more people who play, the better the ratings will be for the players with no ratings to start with.
I will try to get all of the stuff ready for TDG, but it really must wait until next week due to my time constraints at work. Thanks for your understanding.