TEAM POWER RANKING
The CollegeBowling.com Online Team Power Ranking (OTPR) is an objective point system for ranking ALL schools with college
bowling teams based on solely on regular season tournament performance during the current season.
The OTPR includes all schools that have competed in an eligible event. An eligible event is a USBC Collegiate Division
certified intercollegiate team tournament or conference that is attended by a sufficient minimum number of schools to qualify for power
points. A conference is not considered in the OTPR until final conference standings are available.
Each school is ranked separately in a men's and women's division, and is ranked as ONE men's team and ONE women's team regardless of
how many 5-person teams (A, B, C, etc.) it actually fields.
The OTPR is intended to reach a final ranking of all schools at the conclusion of the regular season.
Interim rankings are provided for informational
purposes only and represent trends, not a true and accurate ranking of
teams. Schools having completed more early events
are probably listed higher than they should be, while schools bowling fewer early events are probably listed lower then they should be. This
impact of disparate team schedules is adjusted as teams exceed the maximum number of allowed events (currently 5 Tier 1 events and 10 total
events) and the event averaging formula is applied.
The OTPR does not rank unlisted teams, and no inferences should be drawn about the relative strength or weakness of any such teams.
If a school is unlisted, that means a team from that school has not, as of the referenced date, competed in any eligible events.
It is misleading for any school to claim they are "ranked" in a particular OTPR position prior to the final ranking at the conclusion
of the regular season. Any school using an interim OTPR ranking in a press
release, article, promotional materials or on a website MUST identify the
ranking as interim and prominently include the
statement "Interim rankings are provided by CollegeBowling.com for informational purposes only and represent trends, not a true and accurate
final ranking of teams."
The CollegeBowling.com Online Team Power Ranking (OTPR) was originally developed in the summer of 1998 by Karl Nickolai for use at this site.
The OTPR includes some elements of a point system that was discussed at the Collegiate Bowling Coaches' Summit held in Kansas City,
Missouri from May 28-May 31, 1998. That point system was intended as part of a new qualification process for the Intercollegiate Bowling
Championships, and not team ranking. The point system was never implemented. However, it was adapted by Karl with several
changes into a system of team ranking.
The OTPR also includes several very important suggestions made by former Arizona State and Erie CC bowler (and current PBA member) Joe Ciccone.
He added insight and ideas that helped make the OTPR a system that provides a meaningful team ranking throughout the season.
The OTPR was modified beginning with 2003-2004 season to use three different power point scales for Tier 2 events depending on field size.
It was modified again for the 2008-2009 season to use four different power point scales for Tier 1 events depending on field size.
It was modified again for the 2010-2011 season to use seven different power point scales for Tier 1 and five different power point scales for
Tier 2 events depending on field size.
These changes were made to reflect the growing number of different schools competing in college bowling.
They were made after consultation with the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and the USBC Collegiate Division.