Are You Playing the “Right” Tournament Schedule?

Below is the Ranking for the Alabama Boys High School Class of 2014. The Rankings are based on participation in Ranked Tournaments, the Player’s Score and the “strength of the field.”

Take a look and see where you are on the list.

StateNational            
RankOverall First NameLast NameHometown / School attendingSt/ProvEventsClassScoring Diff.Str. of Tourn.winstop 5top 10top 20
11RobbySheltonWilmerAL72013-5.623.983667
2123BlakeMesserHampton Cove (Auburn)AL62013-0.9443.721235
3127ConnorSmithBirminghamAL122014-0.3533.122336
4154TaylorMcCullumHoover (Alabama - Birmingham)AL102013-0.6846.752247
5212AlexGreenFairhopeAL132015-0.3352.5424810
6231TylerHitchnerTuscaloosaAL82014-0.9567.834577
7239JaredBettcherAuburn (Troy)AL122013-0.4158.1615711
8249ForrestKnightClanton (North Alabama)AL72013-0.255.620333
9463TaylorEysterBirminghamAL520140.2271.931224
10480LeeHodgesElkmontAL1120140.5266.920469
11509GarrettMooresHuntsvilleAL1120131.0658.620557
12538NicholasCortezHooverAL1020151.3555.250136
13569SheldonStatkewiczMobileAL620131.2260.151234
14593VasiliKartosHooverAL1920141.2461.48181011
15647DavisHensonBirminghamAL420131.8255.270003
16653JamesMedleyAthensAL920141.1469.710255
17831StevenSetterstromMobileAL1220141.7470.91399
18837ConnorSlaneHelenaAL1820131.9666.6115714
19916TrevorPageBirmingham (West Alabama (D-II))AL720133.3244.670111
20974ChaseFeaginDothanAL820132.3468.241236
211066WillWalkerHooverAL420132.1177.760022
221070BrooksRabrenDozierAL1120152.0179.9517810
231149ZacMcCurdyFort PayneAL620142.8767.060002
241153PatrickMartinBirminghamAL920152.8567.630125
251173JohnHaydenBirminghamAL1020152.7969.80147
261177WellsHooperMontgomeryAL1220152.9267.430135
271198MillerJacksonHuntsvilleAL620143.1663.430002
281204JakeDeZoortTuscaloosaAL1720152.9468.3701410
291268PatrickNewsomDecaturAL1020133.0569.30146
301341AshtonNixAuburn (Samford)AL2520133.2469.42171015
311409VinceCaveMobileAL520133.6165.080123
321432MasonSchmidtMontgomeryAL920133.3670.770114
331640TannerDixonHooverAL1220133.6972.940147
341692BooO'PrySalemAL620143.872.880012
351799WalkerCarrMontgomeryAL420154.2168.30001
361948WalkerHoldenFairhopeAL620144.1575.060123
371956MichaelBrownBirminghamAL820154.2174.090113
381958WesleyEtheredgeMontgomeryAL820133.8681.320335
391964JacksonShaddixPrattvilleAL420133.7683.460123
401972JakeStoutlandTuscaloosaAL520134.1675.60114
411978AustinKramerMobileAL820134.1376.380023
422158CrawfordFlachBirminghamAL920154.5275.350133
432382JayWatkinsHooverAL820144.8976.040024
442438ZachArringtonBirminghamAL420135.9756.540111
452448MitchellSandlinGardendaleAL420144.4787.370123
462510ReaganHarrellGuntersvilleAL920164.2494.43578
472595RobertLanghoutHuntsvilleAL820135.6867.810112
482665ReynoldsCarlCussetaAL520155.6271.410111
492689WalkerWiseMontgomeryAL820155.5174.410003
502723AustinTurnermobileAL820145.869.610003

 

Here are a couple of things to notice:

All of the Players, except for the Top-4, have a National Ranking outside the Top-200 in the Nation.
All of the Players outside the Top-11 in the State have a National Ranking outside the Top-1,000 Players in the Nation.
Of the Top-7 Players in the State, (4) Players have played in more Ten or More Ranked Tournaments.

You are probably asking yourself:
What is the “best” Tournament Schedule to play in terms of the Number of Ranked Tournament to play in each year, and what Ranked Tournaments are most important in terms of your National Ranking? Our Answer is below.

The players who are in the Top-10 in the State can be “split” into 2-Groups:

Players who played in more than (10) Ranked Tournaments: they primarily entered Regional 2-Day Tournaments and virtually No National-Level Tournaments

Players who played (8) or Fewer Ranked Tournaments: they played in 3 to 4 National-Level Tournaments and the other tournaments were Regional 2-Day Tournaments

The Take Away:
Playing in 10 to 12 Regional 2-Day Tournaments is excessive (and expensive!) and, in almost all instances, will not earn you a Top National Ranking.

You have to add National-Level Tournaments to your schedule. National Tournaments have a much bigger impact on your Ranking than any other type of tournament.

The Players who are Ranked outside the Top-15 in the State are playing in (6) or fewer Regional Tournaments – which is PERFECT!
These players just need to add our Qualifier Tournaments to their schedule and work toward earning an Exemption into a National Championship.

It is for this reason that we have (2) Qualifier Tournaments that will allow players to get into the field of a National Championship Tournament.

You can earn an excellent National Ranking by playing in 1 or more National Tournaments and 3 to 4 Regional Tournaments. Of course, it’s up to you to post solid tournament scores!

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