The WFTDA Rankings Committee has created a program to support new members and to allow current members to adjust their strength factors. This program utilizes a Table of Strength Factors that assesses a team’s results against other opponents based on the strength of that team. The table is adjusted periodically to ensure it most accurately represents the current strength factors in the organization.
A Strength Factor Challenge game (SFC) is an unsanctioned game that a lower-ranked Charter Team (Challenging Team) plays against a higher-ranked Charter Team (Opponent Team) in order to attempt to temporarily increase their strength factor. If they are successful with their challenge by scoring the points indicated in the Table of Strength Factors, the Challenging Team will be assigned the applicable strength factor for a limited time while there is no effect on the Opponent Team. The assigned strength factor will expire at the end of the boost period or once their natural strength factor is higher than the assigned one. A team can lose an SFC game and still be successful in their challenge.
The benefit of a successful SFC game is that a boosted strength factor will aid the team in scheduling sanctioned games against higher-ranked teams during the boost period than they would have been able to schedule with their natural strength factor.
WFTDA Apprentice leagues must play one Mock-Sanctioned game against any WFTDA Member league team to satisfy graduation requirements. Once the league graduates they will be assigned the Minimum Strength Factor.
However, before graduation, WFTDA Apprentice leagues may choose to play a Mock-Sanctioned for an Initial Strength Factor game. A Mock-Sanctioned for Initial Strength Factor game is a mock SFC game played against a WFTDA Charter Team. Like a WFTDA Member league SFC game, if the team is successful with the game, the team will be assigned the applicable strength factor. This strength factor will be applied once they play their first sanctioned game as a full member. A team can lose a Mock-Sanctioned for Initial Strength Factor game and still be successful in earning a strength factor greater than the minimum.
The benefit of a successful Mock-Sanctioned for an Initial Strength Factor game to an Apprentice League is the same as with a Member league – they may gain the ability to schedule their first sanctioned games against higher-ranked teams than they would have been able to schedule with the minimum strength factor.
Applications for SFC games are submitted via the WFTDA Dashboard and are due with any Charter Team changes 30 days prior to the game.
The WFTDA Sanctioning Committee will review the game application with the WFTDA Rankings Committee and both committees must approve the application. The WFTDA Apprentice Program will be copied on any Apprentice League SFC submissions.
The WFTDA Rankings Committee will review both Team Charters against previously played games and will take into account issues like league turnover, particularly at the start of the year, granting leeway for roster decisions due to the low-risk nature of the SFC game for the Opponent Team. The WFTDA Rankings Committee may also review any upcoming games scheduled by the challenging team to ensure that the SFC game will have enough of a possible impact to be worthwhile for the challenging team. If Rankings Committee feels there is enough of a similarity between the proposed SFC charter and the Opponent Team’s previous charter(s), and the ranking of the Opponent Team looks to be within the guidelines established by the Table of Strength Factors at the date of the game, the SFC game will be accepted.
Rankings may counsel for/against a SFC game, but it is the responsibility of the Challenging Team to choose a game that best benefits their particular strength factor issue. WFTDA Rankings Committee and WFTDA Competitive Play may also approve the use of SFC games in tournament (non-WFTDA Playoff or Championship) or other event settings.
Once played, the challenging team must submit game scores and paperwork per the WFTDA Sanctioning Policy. Apprentice Leagues must also copy their AP Coordinator on the paperwork submissions.
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