Player Ratings & Rankings

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 rankings…this page answers those questions!

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

Once the ranking order is in place, then players are assigned to pools working from the top on down the list. The 1st 4 players (or 5 players) who are at the ranking sheet 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 Next Pool is derived from their winning/losing. If the player was assigned to Pool 5, and they do well, then the player is assigned to Pool 4. The Shootout Manager determines how many players (either one player or two players) progress in Pools. Assuming “Two Players” is selected by the Shootout Manager, then the top two players move up, and the bottom two players move down.

Normally players will move up or down based on play, however there are some cases when this may not occur:

Case 1:
For example, say a club normally has 11 pools of players. Player John is assigned Pool 10. At the next shootout, and because of a holiday, many players don’t show up so only 6 pools can be filled. This means John is assigned to Pool 6. The 1st round John finishes in top two and so John’s Next Pool is marked to play in Pool 9 (his pool level moved up 1 level from Pool 10 to Pool 9). Because a player can only move one pool up or down after play, John will remain on Pool 6 based on the sorting order of the ranking sheet. This ensures players don’t move up too fast merely because of the # of players that are absent.

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 ranking sheet.

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 ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. after their round robin is complete. This ranking 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 pool, middle player remains, and the bottom two players move down a pool.


  1. I have a higher rating percentage than another player, but they are higher on the ranking 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 move 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 ranking uses “Next Pool” as priority for sorting the ranking 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. 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. So the “Next Pool” provides players more of an opportunity to advance up the pool levels (but they must win of course!).
    2. 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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