Registered: Feb 2015
Originally posted by curlky
Tuck I agree that some points need to go to Continental Teams. But moving away from that argument, here is a quick synopsis of how Team USA for worlds works right now. It was changed for this year, and I think that it is better than it used to be, could be better still, but OK for now.
As of January 24 (or when OOM pts are updated for this weekends events), if you are Top 25 in OOM YTD points, then it is Win at nationals and you go to worlds. This is based upon 8 events, like OOM uses. Looks like for this year that will only apply to McCormick and Roth, with Brown having an outside chance needing to at least make the playoffs this weekend. Sinclair seems to have lost that by going to the Continental Cup rather than going to Europe last weekend.
National Champ was not in first situation (win and go). They award points for the US Nationals (First 110 points, second 85 points and third 65 points). Then they look at Top 3 finishers at Nationals. Whoever has most OOM points is team USA for world champs. However, there is a slight catch. OOM normally uses best 8 events. But if we get to this, they look at only a teams best 6 events, and of those 6, only 4 can be US based events.
So no one has to click to find it, here are the current US standings (I dont think that I missed anyone but apologize in advance if I did).
McCormick 19 159pts
Brown 26 117pts
Shuster 29 109pts
Clark 32 97pts
Fenson 76 40pts
Roth 19 154pts
Sinclair 29 113pts
Christensen 32 92pts
Shultz 69 46pts
So if Sinclair defeats Roth in the finals they don't get to go to the World's. Crazy. By my math Roth's top 5 OOM = 125.9 and Sinclair's is 94.1 (both include at least two non-USA events). Throw in the 25 pt differential for the Nationals and Sinclair can't catch Roth if she beats Roth in the finals. Wow, say what you will about a Champions Cup entry but can you imagine what that would feel like before the game started? You'd be sick in the pit of your gut knowing the win gets you a paper title at best.
Top level US curling is pretty good. They should just let the Nationals winner go to the World's no questions asked. The chances of some "unknown" team winning it is pretty slim. At this point USA curling is getting in the way of its own HPP program by having one HPP team potentially "rob" another HPP team of its world's birth. Just my two cents.
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