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"Power Rankings" from CallingDucks.com - How They Work!
Sanctioned Duck Contest Rankings
 
The rankings for the Stuttgart sanctioned contests are calculated by determining the level of competition that is represented by the top finishers (1st through 5th) in a contest. The weight for determining the level of competition is:
 
75% - Past performance in the World’s Championship
20% - Past performance in Stuttgart sanctioned contests
05% - Past performance in non-sanctioned, competition style, individual contests
 
“Power Points” are awarded to a sanctioned contest based on how many times the callers that finish at the top of a contest:
 
- Have won the World’s Championship
- Have placed in the top five at the World’s Championship
- Have placed in the bottom six at the World’s Championship
- Have won a Stuttgart sanctioned contest
- Have placed in a Stuttgart sanctioned contest
- Have won a non-sanctioned, competition style, individual contest
- Have placed in a non-sanctioned, competition style, individual contest
 
CDC recognizes the World's Duck Calling Championship in Stuttgart, AR as the end of the contest year.  The rankings for the current contest year contests will be changing each time results are posted for sanctioned contests of the current year. As who competed in a contest win or place in other sanctioned contests, the cumulative points for that contest grow. This is an ‘evergreen’ (always changing) measure of the level of competition that existed at a contest. Once the World’s Championship for a contest year is complete, the contest rankings for that year are final.
 
The “Power Points” awarded to a contest are also ‘aged’. This means that the most recent win or place carries more points than the older ones. A sliding ten year window is used for performance at previous World’s Championships. A sliding three year window is used for performance at previous Stuttgart sanctioned and non-sanctioned, competition style, individual contests.
 
The actual rankings are determined by averaging the "Power Points" for a contest through a three year sliding window.
 
 
Competition Duck Caller Rankings
 
In order to be eligible for inclusion in the Caller Rankings, a contest caller must have qualified for the World’s Championship in a sliding three year window. So for the 2005 Caller Rankings, a caller must have won the World’s Championship or a Stuttgart sanctioned contest in 2003, 2004, or 2005.
 
Callers are ranked based on the “Power Points” assigned to the Stuttgart sanctioned contests that they have won, as well as the “Power Points” of the World’s Championship contests they have won or placed in. The weight for determining the ranking of a contest caller is:
 
Callers also receive a boost on their “Power Points” based on:
 
-If and how they placed at the World’s over the previous 10 years (previous five years all eleven places are counted, for six to ten years prior only the top four are counted) **The top eleven data could only be verified back to 2000
 
-The number of times they have qualified for the World’s Championship during the same three year sliding window.
 
 
Just like the “Power Points” for Calling Contests, the points awarded to a contest caller are ‘aged’. The winner of the World’s Championship in 2004 will get a higher percentage of the “Power Points” assigned to that contest than will the winner of the 2003 World’s Championship. Same thing for Stuttgart sanctioned contests.
 
Also like the rankings for the Calling Contests, the ranking of the Callers is 'evergreen'.  As the callers they competed against when they won their sanctioned contest win or place in other contests, the "Power Points" for that contest grow.  This gives a bump to the caller that won the contest, thus increasing their own "Power Points" in the caller rankings.
 
 
Goose Calling Contest Rankings
 
The rankings for goose calling contests are calculated by determining the level of competition that is represented by callers who competed in a contest. In order to be ranked by CDC, the contest must meet the following criteria:
 
- CDC must have been supplied the name and hometown for the top THREE finishers
- The contest must be an individual event (no 2-Man or team contests)
- The contest must NOT be listed by CDC as a Junior, Intermediate, or Novice event
 
The weight for determining the level of competition is:
 
20% - Past performance in the World Goose Calling Championship
80% - Past performance in goose calling contests that meet the criteria for CDC ranking
 
“Power Points” are awarded to a goose calling contest based on how many times the callers that finish at the top of a contest:
 
- Have won the World Goose Calling Championship
- Have placed at the World Goose Calling Championship
- Have won a contest that meets the criteria for CDC ranking
- Have placed in a contest that meets the criteria for CDC ranking
 
The rankings for the contests in the current contest year will change each time results are post to CDC. CDC recognizes The World Goose Calling Championship as the official end of a contest year. When the contests in the current contest year are ranked, the results from the previous five World Goose Calling Championships will be used. For other contests that meet the criteria for CDC ranking, the current and two previous contest years will be used.
 
The “Power Points” awarded to a contest are also aged. The reigning World Goose Calling Champion, and the people that finished in the top five with them, will bring more points to a contest’s ranking than will the same finishers from previous contest years. The same scheme is used for points awarded to a contest for winners and top finishers at contests other than the World Goose Calling Championship. The aging process decreases the number of points that prior wins and top finishes bring to a contest by 50% for each contest year back the contest occurs.
 
 
Competition Goose Caller Rankings
 
In order to be eligible for inclusion in the “Power Rankings”, a contest caller must have won or placed in one of the Top 100 CDC Ranked goose calling contests over the previous 24 months. A caller accumulates points based on placing 1st through 5th at one of these contests. The winner of a contest is awarded a percentage of the points that the contest itself earned based on the level of competition. The 2nd place finished is awarded 50% of the points awarded to the winner, and this continues on down to the 5th place finisher who is awarded 7.25% of what the winner earns.
 
The “Power Points” awarded to callers for winning or placing in a Top 100 CDC Ranked goose calling contests are aged, and they decrease in value based upon how old the contest results are. The top five finishers at a contest enjoy a non-aged allotment of their earned points for approximately the first week AFTER the contest is held. From that point forward the “Power Points” will decrease in value on a daily basis until they reach a minimum value of 10% their original value. This occurs approximately 22 months after a contest is held.
 
Individual contest callers also received ‘bonus points’ for two specific accomplishments:
 
- Finishing in the top five at one of the CURRENT Top 10 CDC Ranked goose calling contests.
- For the number of CURRENT top five callers they defeated in a contest WIN in the previous 365 days.
 
The final “Power Rankings” are determined based upon the ‘base’ and ‘bonus’ points awarded to each competition goose caller.
 
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