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World Format Announcement
We’re pleased to announce the format and tournament structure for WHBPC7 in Timaru 2016. The main event will see 48 teams battle it out over 3 days for the ultimate crown. There will also be a wildcard tournament in the proceeding days for those who were unable to attend or outside a region with a qualifier.
WHBPC7 sees some key changes to the format to improve on the great groundwork the polo community has developed in the recent years. The main aim of these are to improve accuracy of the seeding rounds, reduce wait times for teams between games, limit delays and streamline a knockout stage which will be more exciting and enjoyable for both players and spectators.
The tournament will do this with a more accurate staging system for each Swiss Round (Bayesian), a more staggered advancement into the final elimination round (i.e. no teams from day 1 automatically advances and there’s less of a pressure cooker for the mid table) and a new final elimination system which still encompasses a second chance mechanism but is fairer for teams. The elimination round has all teams playing to an identical schedule and importantly both the teams in the grand final will have played the same number of games.
Importantly, this is how it breaks down:
48 teams, split into 2 groups of 24 teams. Each team plays 5 rounds of Bayesian Swiss Rounds. (Average wait time between games of each team is 2 games).
The now ranked teams are then merged into 2 evenly ranked groups of 16 teams. The field is now down to 32 teams. Each team plays a further 4 rounds of Bayesian Swiss Rounds to determine a final and more accurate seeding. (Average wait time between games of each team is 2 games).
The top 20 teams proceed to the elimination round. These teams are split into 4 ranked groups of 5 teams. Each group plays a full round robin (4 games each) with the top 2 teams proceeding. The final 8 teams play out a single elimination final (quarter, semi and grand final)
All games to be 15 minutes with an uncapped goal limit. The grand final will be 20 minutes. Dropping down the number of teams on day 2 meant an easier schedule and more chance for teams to rest. The final day of round robin still allows teams to mess up a game and proceed through while having a more realistic/fairer system to proceed into the top 8. Single elimination games will be more exciting than double elimination while also being much easier to follow. All teams play opponents that have played exactly the same amount of games. The two teams in the final would have played 7 games in total (32 team double elimination sees a team play a minimum of 6 games and maximum of 10 games). We felt that this combination is a much more honest and professional method which brings it in line with all other similar sports.
Bayesian Swiss Rounds: more detail can be found on LoBP (https://leagueofbikepolo.com/forum/organizing-polo/2015/04/28/alternative-to-swiss-rounds)
Adjustment to Allocations for the Main Event
We’ve reviewed the initial allocation announcement which each region has received and have made a minor amendment. We are now aware that Central America have access to WHBPC7 via the NAH qualifiers and will be removing their direct spot and allocating this to the South American Region.
After discussion with the Asian and South East Asian polo communities, we are also pleased to announce that they have now organised for a combined qualifying tournament, which was played last month. We hope to see this remain on the calendar as a regular fixture, and would like to congratulate the first 6 qualified teams for WHBPC7! More details on these team to come.
The updated allocations for WHBPC7 are now as follows:
1 Current World Champions
2 New Zealand
2 South America
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Australasian Hardcourt Bike Polo Assoc. (AHBPA) are pleased to announce the allocations for the 7th World Hardcourt Bike Polo Champs to be held in Timaru, NZ in the first week of February 2016.
By announcing allocations now, we hope that you have clarity as you prepare for, and play at, your respective qualifying tournaments coming up later in the year.
WHBPC VII FINALS ALLOCATIONS:
1 CURRENT WORLD CHAMPIONS
2 NEW ZEALAND
1 CENTRAL AMERICA
1 SOUTH AMERICA
If a spot is not claimed, then the following distributions will apply: Host city (Timaru) 1, Australia 2, NZ 2, Japan 1, then any further spots at the discretion of the organisers.
[Edit 19/5/15: dates changed from 3-7 Feb to 1-6 Feb]
We're pleased to have locked in the dates 12 months out. Thank you to those who've been waiting on this update for your patience.
How early February came to be the date of the 7th World Hardcourt Bike Polo Champs goes a little bit like this:
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Sam, Timaru NZ