Open power ranking

First official competition in Belgium

The Open Power Ranking is the first official ranking system for the sport of roundnet in Belgium. As a sports federation, this is another step we’re taking towards legitimizing the sport and creating a competetive framework. This ranking is a standardized way to objectively rank the skill level of Belgian roundnet players.

How does it work?

The Open Power Ranking is an individual ranking system. Every Belgian player that is a Roundnet Belgium member can earn points at a Roundnet Belgium sanctioned event (more info below). Therefore, it is possible to team up with different partners throughout the season. 

You can find the full document on how the Open Power Ranking works here. but below we will explain the main concepts.

The total points of a player eligible for the ranking is the sum of the points of the tournaments she/he has played. There is a maximum number of tournament results that can account for the total score of a player. This maximum is set at 60% of the total tournaments organised (e.g. if in total 10 sanctioned tournaments are organised in the season, only  a maximum of 6 tournament results account for the total score. The 6 highest tournament scores of that player are taken into account. 

This number will be rounded off to the nearest whole number in case of a decimal number (e.g. If 7 tournaments will be organised in total, 4 tournaments will account for the total score. That is: 60% of 7 is 4,2. This number will be rounded down to 4.)

We plan to have a minimum of 7 Roundnet Belgium sanctioned events in the 2021 season.

The amount of points a player gets each tournament depends on 3 things:

  1. The place of the team in the tournament
  2. The size of the tournament
  3. The skill level of participating players in the tournament

Score matrix

Point 1 and 2 are translated in the score matrix below. The basic idea is that you get more points the higher your place, and big tournaments are worth more points.

Place Number of participating teams
16-25 26-35 36-45 46-55 55+
1 150 220 300 400 540
2 120 170 230 320 440
3 100 140 180 250 350
4 85 120 150 200 280
5 70 100 130 160 210
6-7 60 80 100 130 150
8-10 40 60 80 100 120
11-15 20 35 60 80 100
16-20 10 20 35 60 70
21-25 5 10 20 45 55
26-35 / 10 20 30 35
35+ / / 10 20 20

Multiplier matrix

A tournament will get a multiplier if teams with strong players participate in the tournament. The reasoning behind this is tournaments with a higher skill level should be worth more points. 

The tournament multiplier will be based on how many top 10 and top 20 players are competing in the tournament. The starting number is 3 teams. That is, if at least 3 teams with at least one top player are present at a tournament, there will be a multiplier applied to the total earned points. The standard tournament multiplier is 1. Per two teams with at least one player in the top 20 added, the multiplier will be + 0.1, with a maximum of +0.5.  Additionally, per two teams with at least one top 10 placed player added, the multiplier will be an extra + 0.1, again with a maximum of +0.5. This means that if there are 5 teams with a top 20 player and 3 teams of those 5 have a top 10 player, the total multiplier will be 1.3 (= 1 + 0.2 + 0.1)

Multiplier rule

Starting at 3, per 2 teams with a top 20 player present: multiplier + 0.1

Starting at 3, per 2 teams with a top 10 player present: multiplier + 0.1

Number of teams with a top 20 player Multiplier increase
3-4 0.1
5-6 0.2
7-8 0.3
9-10 0.4
10+ 0.5
Number of teams with a top 10 player Multiplier increase
3-4 0.1
5-6 0.2
7-8 0.3
9-10 0.4
10+ 0.5

The top players will be determined by last year’s Open Power Ranking for the first 3 tournaments. After 3 tournaments, the top players of the current Open Power Ranking will be used. Since the 2021 season is the first time we’ll be using the Open Power Ranking, we will be using the result of the 2020 Belgian National Championship for the first 3 tournaments.

International teams

International teams are welcome to compete in any sanctioned event except for Nationals. Since they don’t have any initial seeding, they will receive a random seed for forming groups. International teams will be spread out across groups as much as possible. 

International teams don’t receive any OPR points, so they are removed from the final rankings. Subsequently, all Belgian teams will shift up. This means if the final result is something like 1. Team A (BE) – 2. Team B (non-BE) – 3. Team C (BE), Team A will receive the points for first place, and Team C will receive the points for second place. The size of the tournament that is used to in the socre matrix is remains the same (with international teams included).

Sanctioned events

Points for the Open Power Ranking can only be earned at Roundnet Belgium sanctioned events. These events will be organized by clubs in close collaboration with Roundnet Belgium. Sanctioned events will guarantee the following:

  • Standardized and fair tournament format
  • Available tournament scores and statistics with Fwango
  • Insurance for all players
  • Merch or equipment by Roundnet Belgium/Spikeball as prizes
  • A unified ruleset
  • Streaming of the final game(s)
All Roundnet Belgium sanctioned events will include this logo on their publications, so you can easily recognize them. We will also keep an overview of sanctioned events on the website.

Below you can find an overview of the sanctioned events for 2021. You can find more details about each in event on the calendar page.

Belgian National Championship

The Belgian National Championship will use the Open Power Ranking to determine the Elite Division. This division will consist of the 20 best ranked teams of the season. A team’s score is determined by taking the average of the team member’s scores. All other teams will be able to register in the Open Division and compete for the title of Open National Champion.

At the 2021 Belgian National Championship, the top 4 teams of the Open Division (determined in the group stage) will play in the Elite brackets. This means a total of 24 teams will be competing for the title of Belgian National Champion 2021.

Women Power Ranking

There will also be a seperate Power Ranking for female teams. This ranking will work similarly to the Open Power Ranking, but with two main differences. There will be no multiplier added to the tournament score and the score matrix will look a bit different (see below). Both these differences are because of the lower participation. Historically, there have been significantly less teams in the Women’s division than in the Open divison, which is why we’ve adjusted these factors slightly. We of course hope initiatives like this Women Power Ranking will encourage more female teams to participate in tournaments!

Women’s teams can choose if they participate in the Open Division (with point for the OPR) or in the Women Division (with points for the WPR). The minimum requirement for running a sanctioned events is having an Open Division. This means not every tournament will have a Women Division (due to space limitations, limited organisational/volunteer capacity,…). That’s why all sorts of teams (men, women, mixed) can participate in the Open Power Ranking. We will try to encourage tournament organizers to also include Women Division when possible. 

We hope this system of Open/Women ranking will be the groundwork of a fully seperated men/women/mixed competition based on skill level in the future.

Score matrix

You can find the Women Power Ranking score matrix below. The basic idea is that you get more points the higher your place, and big tournaments are worth more points.

Place Number of participating teams
8-15 16-25 26-35 35+
1 90 150 220 300
2 70 120 170 230
3 60 100 140 180
4 50 90 120 150
5 45 70 100 130
6-7 35 60 80 100
8-10 25 40 60 80
11-15 15 25 35 60
16-20 / 15 20 35
21-25 / 10 10 20
26-35 / / 10 20
35+ / / / 10