Australian Masters and State Team Challenge
Criteria for both events
- To qualify, a player must be a financial member of ASPA for the entire qualifying period.
- The State of Representation is the State that the player was
representing in the majority of games played during the qualifying period.
Any anomalies concerning what amounts to a majority of games will be
resolved by CASPA.
- A player must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Temporary visa holders are not eligible.
- The method of ranking candidates is by the three peak statistic (the Q statistic) described below.
Australian Masters - Qualification criteria
For 2015 onwards, the selection comprises the best twenty active players
(those players who have played at least one game during the qualification period)
ranked by Q statistic. (Unlike earlier years, there is no longer any concept of a top of state representative).
State Team Challenge - Qualification criteria
Each state team will comprise three eligible players who have not already been selected for the Masters event
and are the next best three from their state, ranked by Q statistic.
If insufficient eligible players are available, the state will not be permitted to participate in the
State Team Challenge for that year unless a maximum of one stand-in can be fielded before the tournament
from any state (generally, but not necessarily, that state in which the tournament takes place).
That stand-in must also meet the above criteria.
An eligible stand-in may also be fielded in the event of illness
or other unforeseen circumstance during the tournament.
The three peaks Q statistic
The primary criterion for ranking candidates is the Q statistic calculated like this:
- The qualification period is May 1 to April 30 inclusive.
- Subperiods are May to August, September to December and January to April.
- The qualifying statistic is Q = (P1 + P2 + 2 x P3)/4 , which is a weighted average of peak ratings in
- If you miss a game for any reason other than an assigned bye, you
cannot count a peak attained in that tournament for any
qualification purposes. Games played will count towards games quotas.
Ratings will be calculated as usual, with byes and forfeits not rated.
- If you play no games in a subperiod, your peak is equal to the rating before that period minus 200.
Only one subperiod may be missed in this manner.
- You must have played at least 60 games in the qualifying period before the last peak.
The qualification months have changed for 2015, and so there will be an overlap in 2014/2015.
The secondary criterion is number of rated games within the qualification period.
If two players have the same Q statistic,
the one with the greater number of games in the qualification period is ranked higher.
Etiquette for acceptance
Once the selection process is finished, it is incumbent on team members to
accept their places within a reasonable amount of time.
Any issues that may prevent a member from playing in the event should be discussed with
CASPA as soon as reasonably possible after they arise.
Such discussion may include negotiating with the reserve team members as to their ability to replace the team member."