Shootout – Ladder League

Please treat the person running the shootout with kindness. They are volunteering their time to organize the activity for your benefit and they are learning and doing their best. If you do not understand something or you have a suggestion, please ask for clarification. Appreciate your club volunteers.

The shootout is a perfect solution for club play where all levels of player can participate and have similar skill level play. After you’ve tried shootout, players ultimately inquire about the player ratings and pool placement…this page answers those questions!

The Shootout Ranking Sheet is sorted by Step (ascending), Rating % (descending), Last Played (descending), then # of Rounds (descending).

Once the priority order is in place, then at game time, players are assigned to pools working from the top on down the list. The 1st 4 players (or 5 players) are assigned to Pool 1, the next 4 players (or 5 players) are assigned to Pool 2, etc.

The Rating % is calculated from points earned based on the pool that player completed a round robin play. The default is players on Pool 1 earn 20 points. If they play in Pool 2, they earn 18 points, Pool 3, they earn 16 points, etc. Then the total points for the player is divided by the total points that player could have earned (# of rounds they played x 20 points). One word of note: This handles up to 10 pools of players which is good for most clubs, however, Den will adjust for more pools as your club needs. If you club has grown to 15 pools, then Pool 1 is 30 points, Pool 2 is 28 points, etc.

The Step is derived from winning/losing. For example, if a player is initially assigned to Pool 5 to play, and they do well, then the player move up one step in the ladder to step 4 for the next round.

Players can only move up or down one step in the ladder for each round played. However, this may be confusing if your pool # you play in is not the same as the “step” you were assigned:

Case 1:
For example, say a club normally has 11 pools of players and John is on step 10 in the ladder. Normally he would play in Pool 10. However, at the next shootout and because of a holiday, many players don’t show up so only 6 pools of players can be filled. So based on sort order of ranking sheet, John will play in Pool 6. The 1st round John wins his games and so John’s new step in the ladder goes from step 10 to step 9. So if a 2nd round is started on the same day, John will remain on Pool 6 based on the sorting order of the ranking sheet. This ensures players don’t move up too many steps in the ladder merely because of the # of players that are present.

At the next shootout when all players show up, and 11 pools can be filled, John will be assigned to start play on Pool 9.

Case 2:
After Round 1, a high-level player shows-up and is admitted into the shootout for round 2. So players marked to move up may now be forced to stay in the in their original pool to make room for the new player who is higher on the priority sheet. We understand it is not “fun” to win your game and not move up…but in reality you avoided moving further down the ladder if you had lost!

Players may view the “Ranking Sheet” under the Shootout menu option to have a better understanding of this process.

On the day of game play, and within a pool, players are ordered 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. after their round robin is complete. This order is based on game play using the follow tie-breakers within their Pool:

  1. Player with most wins
  2. Then, player with most total point differential across all games.
    Point Differential Formula=(Points Scored)-(Points Allowed) e.g. Game to 11 win by 1. Team A 11 points scored, Team B 5 points scored. Team A point differential is 6 or (11-5), Team B point differential is -6 or (5-11).
  3. Then, players with most head to head points
  4. Then random selection.

The top tow players move up a step in the ladder, middle player remains, and the bottom two players move down a step in the ladder (pool). Keep in mind your shootout manager may select to only allow one player to move up the ladder and one player to move down the ladder, while the other players remain. Check with your shootout manager.


  1. I have a higher rating percentage than another player, but they are higher on the priority list. Why is that?
    1. The shootout is run like a continuous shootout from day to day. The results of your second round play determines the pool you’re assigned next time you play in a shootout. For example, your first round you played in Pool 1 and you did well, and so you stayed in Pool 1; however, your 2nd round in Pool 1 you didn’t do well. So had a 3rd round been played, you would have moved to Pool 2. This is reflected as “Next Pool” on the shootout. In this case, the “Next Pool” for you is marked as Pool 2. The sheet uses “Next Pool” as priority for sorting the sheet. The good news is that since you have a high rating %, you are at the top of the list of players assigned to Pool 2 to be move to Pool 1 as needed. So on the next shootout day, if Pool 1 needs five players, and only four Pool 1 players show up, you’ll be moved up to play on Pool 1.
  2. Why does “Next Pool” have a priority over the my rating %?
    1. In ladder leagues (shootout) you move up (or down) purely based on winning or losing and so the next pool reflects this trait.
    2. Consider a new player that spends most of their time on lower pools as they learn the game. Their rating % will reflect this by being low. But as they become more proficient at the game, their low rating % makes it difficult for a player to progress up the pools (assuming if % was the only sorting). So the “Next Pool” provides players more of an opportunity to advance up the pool levels (but they must win of course!).
    3. Are you a good player? If so, then your rating % is pretty high, but you must remain top-notch to stay on Pool 1. You can’t rely totally on a high-percent to keep you assigned to higher pools.
  3. What if I cannot make a game play, does it affect my rating? No, if you cannot make a shootout play, your rating and pool assignment do not change. However, your placement may change as other players move up and down the pools.

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