ranking rules

You will find hereafter all the information concerning the ranking of the Belgian glider pilots.
This ranking list will be used to determine the pilots who will represent Belgium for WGC, EGC, WWGC, JWGC and WAG for the year 2016 and later.

Pilot ranking points and competition factors from before 1 November 2015 are included in the ranking, and remain based on the rules previous to the 2016 rule change.

Belgian glider pilots can only be included in the ranking list:
– if they are members of the FBVV/BZF via the RBAC, or via a club attached to the LVZC, or the FCFVV, or the Royal Belgian Air Cadets, and
– if they are not in possession of a foreign NAC FAI sporting license.

The ranking list will be closed on the 30th of September at 23:59 (all times in this document are Belgian local times) for the next EGC, WGC etc.

All pilots entering a competition will be introduced in this ranking list if :

  • They participate into any IGC competition from the Igc official web site:
    -> What the pilot has to do: send before the 30th of September 23:59 of the competition year:
      • A completed competition result form AND
      • A copy of the competition results or an internet link to the competition results.
  • They participate in a NON – IGC competition.
    -> What the pilot has to do: send within 10 days after the last competition day:
      • A completed competition result form AND
      • A copy of the competition results or an internet link to the competition results.

If the results are not received within the time limits, the competition will not be taken into account for the personal pilots ranking. No exceptions will be allowed.

An example to clarify the 10 day limit: Last competition day (including backup days) on Saturday 09 Mai -> submit the requested documents before Tuesday 19 Mai 23:59.

Every pilot is responsible for submitting their competition results themselves, even for the Belgian Nationals, EGC, WGC, …

Only the pilots who have submitted their results in due time, will get points for the Belgian ranking list.

Special situations:

  1. Pilots competing in a doubleseater: The Pilot Rating Score for two seater entries will be awarded to the pilot with the highest IGC -Ranking at the end of the previous IGC-ranking season (30th September of the previous season). If no pilot has a current IGC – Ranking it is the pilot nominated by themselves as first pilot or P1.
    The Pilot rating score can only be awarded if this highest IGC-Ranking pilot or nominated P1 pilot has flown in this doubleseater on every day with valid competition launches in this class. If this pilot has not flown on all days with a valid competition launch in this class, no pilot can be awarded this Pilot Rating Score.
    In accordance with the IGC-ranking rules, the competition rating is calculated by using, for each doubleseater team, the highest IGC-pilot scores out of all pilots of this team which had at least one valid competition launch.
  1. Multiple pilots on one shared singleseater glider during a competition: The Pilot Rating Score for entries shared by more than one pilot on a singleseater glider cannot be awarded to any pilot.
    In accordance with the IGC-ranking rules, the competition rating is calculated by using, for each shared singleseater team, the highest IGC-pilot scores out of all pilots of this team which had at least one valid competition launch.
  1. If the results of an IGC official competition have not been put online on the IGC Website before the 30th of September, please send an email before the 30th of September 23:59 to belgianranking@gmail.com and a prolongation of the deadline will be granted until at latest 30th of October 23:59.
    If the results of this IGC official competition have not been put online before this latest deadline, this competition will be treated as a Non-IGC competition for the selection of the Belgian Team of the following season.
    If these results are updated in the IGC-ranking on a later date, the results will be changed accordingly in the Belgian ranking for the purposes of future Belgian Team selection procedures.
  1. If the results of a non – IGC competition have not been put online or have not been officially approved due to a complaint, before the 30th of September, please send an email before the 30th of September 23:59 to belgianranking@gmail.com and a prolongation of the deadline will be granted until at latest 30th of October 23:59.
    If the results of this Non-IGC competition have not been put online or have not been officially approved due to a complaint before this latest deadline, this competition cannot be included for the selection of the Belgian Team of the following season.
    If these results are updated by the competition direction of this Non-IGC competition on a later date, the results will be changed accordingly in the Belgian ranking for the purposes of future selection procedures.
  1. If you do not see your results in your personal pilot ranking or in case of mistakes, please send an email to belgianranking@gmail.com. If we don’t receive a complaint before the 30th of October 23:59, we consider that you agree with the Belgian Ranking points and standings.
  1. In case of a dispute with the ranking list, please address your complaint to the sporting committee of the Belgian Gliding Federation. This dispute will be analyzed by the Belgian Sporting Commission.
  1. Any major change to the IGC-ranking rules will be discussed in the Belgian Gliding Sports commission, before being adapted into the Belgian Ranking.

Calculation rules for the Official Belgian selection

Overview

The ranking list has two components: Pilot Rating and Competition Rating.
The Pilot Rating is the result of his performance in IGC sanctioned competitions and all other non-IGC competitions.

The Competition Rating depends on the type of competition, the quality of the pilots competing and the number of competition days. The Competition Rating is reduced when the next competition in the sequence is completed and will no longer apply after second in the sequence.
The rating is expressed as a number from 0 to 1000 for both pilots and competitions.

The Belgian selection starts on 1st January 2008. All previous competitions are not considered.
Pilot ranking points and competition factors from before 1 November 2015 are included in the ranking, and remain based on the rules previous to the 2016 rule change.

1. Competitions

Most competitions included in the Ranking List will be members of a sequence of competitions held regularly, annually or biennially. Each competition can have several qualifying competitions, one for each separately scored class in the competition.
The ranking list includes results from all sequences competitions plus any sequence or any one-off competition for ranking list inclusion.

For ranking purposes, competitions are divided into the following categories:

– Cat 1+: First Category FAI Competitions such as World Championships in each of the FAI classes.
– Cat 1 standard: First Category FAI events with restricted entry and continental championships, or any other international event approved by IGC as First Category.
– Cat 2: Any other International Competitions or National Championships sanctioned by the IGC for ranking list inclusion. Also all NON-IGC sanctioned events are in this category.
– Cat 3: The Belgian Gliding Nationals for each of the classes it is organized in.

2. Active Competition Period

– For Category 1 events a maximum of two events in a sequence is scored. The active Competition Period is limited by a maximum of 5 years.
– For Category 2 events the active Competition Period is limited by a maximum of 4 years.
– For Category 3 events the active Competition Period is limited by a maximum of 4 years.

3. Competition Rating

Competition ratings are calculated using the Pilot Scores of the 5 highest ranked pilots finishing in the top half of a contest by position, or scoring more than 85% of the winners score.

Competition Rating = 0.1 x (5 x Maximum_ Rating[i] + PS1 + PS2 + PS3 + PS 4 + PS5 + 100)

PR=Pilots Score

For all NON-IGC competitions, the IGC-Pilot Scores at the end of each previous season shall be used (30th September of the previous IGC ranking season) for the calculation of this competition rating.

Competition category Cat 1+ Cat 1 std Cat 2 Cat 3
Maximum Rating 1000 980 960 980
Minimum Rating [ii] 960 900 800 800
Pilots Rating min 900 800 620 620

The competition rating is limited within the range appropriate to the competition category outlined below.

The Belgian Nationals are quoted in a “special” Cat 3.

4. Competition Quality Factor

The maximum Rating a pilot can achieve from a given competition is limited by the quality factor. The quality factor considers, number of competing pilots, number of competition days, the competitions category and its position in the sequence.

A sanctioned competition’s Quality Factor is reduced after the next Competition in the same Sequence is completed and reduces to zero when a second Competition in the same Sequence is completed.

Base_quality_factor Cat 1+ Cat 1 std Cat 2 Cat 3
Latest competition in a Sequence 80 % 80 % 60% 60 %
2nd competition in a Sequence 60% 60% 45% 45 %
3rd competition in a Sequence 0 0 30% 30%
4th competition in a sequence 0 0 15% 15
5th competition in a sequence 0 0 0 0

Quality factor = Base_quality_factor x Entry factor x Day factor with :
Entry_factor = number of pilots (with score > 0) in competition / 15 (limited to 1)
Day_factor = number of valid tasks / 4 (limited to 1)

5. Pilot’s Competition Rating

All competing pilots in a sanctioned Competition will receive a rating score from that competition.
The competition winner’s Rating is equal to the Competition’s Rating. All the other competing pilots receive a rating proportional to their final score.

Rating_score = Competition_rating x Pilot’s final score / Winner’s final score

6. Pilot’s Rating points calculation

The Pilot Rating is calculated from the best Rating Scores achieved, taking into account the Competition Quality Factor. Only two Cat 1 competitions may count towards the Pilot Rating. It is calculated as follows:

Keep the best 2 Cat 1 competitions (those which yield pilot the best overall rating). Discard all others based on Cat 1 competitions. Keep all Cat 2 Competitions without any number limitation.

Add a « virtual competition » whose rating score is pilot’s best rating minus 200, with a Quality Factor of 1.

Sort all pilot’s Competition Scores (Rating Score along with associated Quality Factor) by decreasing order of Rating Score. Add the pilot competition scores together until the Quality Factor >= 1

Uncorrected Pilot Rating = S (Pilot Rating Score x Quality Factor)
{Until the sum of Quality Factor >= 1}

If the sum of Quality Factor > 1, then reduce the last Quality Factor so that the sum of Quality Factor becomes equal to 1

7. Pilot Ranking

Pilots are ranked upon decreasing Pilot Rating. Ties are broken by the previous place in ranking list

8. Rules for inclusion of competitions using the Sailplane Grand Prix rules

8.1 Rating of Sailplane Grand Prix

Sailplane Grand Prix World Finals will be rated as Category 1+.
Qualifying SGPs will be rated as Category 2
All Grand Prix competitions will be subject to the application of Ranking List calculations as defined in section 1 to 6 of these rules to determine their Rating and Quality factor.

8.2 Pilots Rating score.

Only the top ten Pilots receive a Pilot Rating Score.
Pilots Rating Score = Competition Rating x 400 x (point score / max point score) + 600

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