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USA Dance Announces Change in National Ranking Point Rules for 2019-2020 Competitive Year: Your WDSF Ranking among US Couples May Count as one of Your 4 Highest NQE Scores

On May 8, 2019, USA Dance, Inc.’s DanceSport Council issued the following Notice to all USA Dance DanceSport Athletes:

WDSF - USA Dance - Recognized Sport Organization

Announcement Regarding Changes to the
USA Dance Ranking Points System

“Dear Athletes,

In 2018 USA Dance began a ranking points system to nominate the second representative position to WDSF World Championships and to allow couples to more easily measure their performance across multiple competitions. The 2018 system measured a couple’s top 4 placements at USA Dance NQEs and Sanctioned Events plus their placement at Nationals. Points were awarded based on the couple’s placement in a championship level competition with points added or deducted reflecting the number of couples in the championship competition.

For 2019-2020, USA Dance is adding the ability for USA Dance athletes competing in WDSF competitions to apply their WDSF rank among USA Dance athletes in the relevant age category and style as equivalent to 1 NQE. For example, if there were 10 USA Dance couples in the WDSF Adult Latin World Ranking then the highest ranked USA Dance couple would receive 200 points toward their USA Dance ranking (i.e., as if they had placed first in an NQE championship with 10 couples), the second ranked couple would receive 190 points, the third ranked couple would receive 180 points, etc. Details of the ranking point system are set forth in the appendix at the end of this email, which will be included in the next USA Dance Rulebook as Rule 4.9.

Points earned in ranking competitions will be posted online, and updated on a quarterly basis (e.g., early April, early July, early October [or early November], and early January) until the system is fully automated. At the end of Nationals, each couple’s points from the prior competitive year’s ranking competitions will be totaled, and a couple’s points from their WDSF rank will be counted where it would increase the couple’s the total points above the points the couple would receive from counting their highest results from 4 ranking competitions. Thus, a couple’s final rank will be the results of the points for their top 4 ranking competitions plus Nationals, or the points for their top 3 ranking competitions plus their WDSF placement plus Nationals.

Why make the change in the Ranking System?
During the 2018-2019 competitive year, athletes and coaches expressed concerns that the 2018 system did not measure a couple’s performance in WDSF competitions. The DSC received several suggestions for capturing WDSF performance. These included: counting all WDSF championship competitions within USA Dance as equivalent to Sanctioned competitions; selecting a limited number of specific WDSF competitions to include in the ranking competitions; and applying a couple’s WDSF rank as an optional replacement for one NQE. Applying a couple’s WDSF rank gives the most freedom to athletes to receive credit for participating in WDSF competitions and provides recognition for those attending the largest and most competitive WDSF events (within and outside of USA Dance).

Where can I find my WDSF rank?
WDSF Rankings are posted at https://www.worlddancesport.org/Couple/Ranking. Ranks can be filtered by age category, style and country. Thus, athletes can easily look up their current WDSF rank and determine their rank relative to other USA Dance athletes competing in WDSF competitions.

Does this change who will be the National Champions?
No. The National Champions are the couple who place 1st at Nationals, the Vice National Champions are the couple who place 2nd at Nationals, etc. The ranking system only effects how one potential travel stipend may be awarded.

Why provide a ranking system at all?
The ranking system provides a method for rewarding competitors with a track record of performing well at multiple competitions but who may be ill, injured or have an “off-day” at Nationals. The system also provides a reasoned basis to award a travel stipend to a couple that was unable to compete at Nationals in the unusual situation where all the eligible couples from Nationals are unable to attend a world championship. Furthermore, with the growth in USA Dance competitions in the past few years, the ranking system provides a means for couples to compare their performances across multiple competitions.

Best Regards,
Giacomo Steccaglia, Vice President of DanceSport

Roger Greenawalt, DanceSport Delegate
Inna Brayer, DanceSport Delegate
Damian Pataluna, DanceSport Delegate
Michael Murphy, DanceSport Delegate

Click Here to See the Last Published Official USA Dance National Rankings
As a service to the USA Dance DanceSport Council, the Official USA Dance National Rankings
are Posted quarterly on this Website, until a Leaderboard is developed on the National Website

APPENDIX

4.9     USA DANCE RANKING POINTS

4.9.1   Accrual of ranking points

4.9.1.1   Ranking points will accrue for only Championship Level events.

4.9.1.2   Ranking points will accrue for only Standard, Latin, Rhythm and Smooth styles.

4.9.1.3   Ranking points accrue for a couple and the points do not carry over to an individual in the event a partnership dissolves and the athletes form new partnerships.

4.9.1.4   Points will accrue from the day after the National Championships through the following National Championships. Ranking points expire after every National Championship.

4.9.1.5   The results for couples who may be WDSF couples, but not USA Dance couples, will be removed before the calculation of results.

4.9.1.6   A couple’s “year-end” total will be the totals from their top four competitions in addition to the National Championships. A couple may count their position among USA Dance athletes in the WDSF World Ranking System for one ranking competition.

4.9.2   Selection Process for the United States Representatives to the World Championships

4.9.2.1   Subject to Rule 7.4, for a given event, if only one couple is selected to attend the world championships, that determination will be based on the placements at the National Championships. For the Under Age 21 category all representatives to the world championships will be selected based on placement at the National Championships.

4.9.2.2   Subject to Rule 7.4, if two couples are selected to attend the World Championships, the first couple selected will be the couple placing highest at the National Championships who is eligible to attend. The second couple selected to attend the world championship will be the eligible couple with the most ranking points. If the same couple would be selected based on both placement at the National Championships and number of ranking points, then the couple will be considered to be selected based on placement at the National Championships. The second couple selected will be the eligible couple with the second most ranking points.

4.9.2.3   If the top eligible couples are tied in ranking points, the couple selected will be the couple with the most points / competition (total points divided by # competitions where points were accumulated). If still tied, the couple receiving the higher placement at nationals will be selected. If still tied, the DanceSport Council will choose the couple to attend.

4.9.2.4   If the couple selected based on placement at the National Championships is unable to attend, the replacement couple will be selected based on placement at the National Championships. If the couple selected based on national ranking points is unable to attend. The replacement couple will be selected based on national ranking points.

4.9.3   Championship ranking points schedule

Table 29 - Ranking Point Schedule

Adjustment to points:

Fewer than 4 couples participating in the competition -20%

Fewer than 6 couples participating in the competition -10%

More than 12 couples participating in the competition +5%

More than 18 couples participating in the competition +10%

Ranking Points Definitions/Conditions

National Ranking points will be earned at the following events:
USA Dance National Championships

USA Dance National Qualifying Events

USA Dance Sanctioned events”

 

Click Here to See the Last Published Official USA Dance National Rankings
As a service to the USA Dance DanceSport Council, the Official USA Dance National Rankings
are Posted quarterly on this Website, until a Leaderboard is developed on the National Website

 

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