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"2003 National Rankings Guidelines"

In 2003 The USAA will once again rank the top competitors in each of the major disciplines across the country.  We will not be ranking events that would be considered regional events, such as peavey log rolling or choker races, but rather will focus on those events that are to be found throughout the country.  These events will tentatively include:  Underhand, Standing Block and Springboard Chopping, Axe Throwing, One Man, Two-Man and Jack & Jill Sawing, Unlimited Hot Saw, Women's Single, Jill & Jill, Women's Underhand, Tree Climbing, Tree Topping, Men's and Women's Birling.

To accurately rank the top 10 people in the US in each of these events we will be collecting results from 45 contests across the country.  There will be 9 contests selected from each of the 4 major regions: West, Mid-West, North-East, and South-East, plus from the Stihl Timbersports Series we will count the 4 preliminary contests, the 4 qualifying contests and the finals.  The regional contests that we will be looking at this year will be: 





Fort Bragg, CA

Eagle River, WI

Boonville, NY

Winnfield, LA

Morton, WA

Glencoe, MN

Berlin, NH

Webster Springs, WV

Orofino, ID

Rochester, MN

Cherry Springs, PA

Elkins, WV

Longview, WA

Hayward, WI

N. Haverhill, NH

Fayetteville WV

Sandpointe, ID

Shevlin, MN

Connellsville, PA

Morgantown, WV

Estacada, OR

Lakewood, WI

Croghan, NY

Sheridan, AR

Toledo, OR

Nelsonville, OH

Fryeburg, ME

KY Wood Expo

Coos Bay, OR

Madison, WI

Bath, NY

Springhill, LA

Squamish, BC

Mio, MI

Windsor, ME

Jackson, AL

Once we have collected these results we will begin making comparisons of who is consistently beating who in each event.  Because of the huge variation in the wood used and in the level of competition between each of these contests, we will not be comparing times, or places.  We will not be assigning points for winning or trying to determine how fast anyone can cut any given piece of wood.  We will simply make a statistical analysis of who consistently beats who in each of the events.  If "Competitor A " chops against "Competitor B" 7 times and wins 4 of them he will most likely be ranked higher, no matter what their relative times were or what places they each got in those contests.  If you do not attend a contest this will not affect your ranking in any way since you neither defeated anybody nor were you defeated by anybody.

As you can see, by using this method there is no advantage or disadvantage to competing at more or less shows than another competitor.  As long as a person has competed at enough contests to give us an idea of who he or she can beat, and who he or she can't beat, we will be able to rank them.  The more contests someone attends, that have a high level of competition, the more accurate their ranking will be, but simply attending a lot of shows will not in and of itself improve their ranking.

To put it simply: If you want to be ranked higher, just beat the people that are already ranked ahead of you more often than they beat you.

If you have any questions about the procedures used for the USAA National Rankings, contact Mike Slingerland, Mike Eash or Ryan Hatfield for answers.

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