Player Ranking System

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Player Ranking System


On July 1, 2014, Bowls Australia introduced a new national player ranking system where fairness, equity, events graded on prize money levels and a stronger emphasis on major event results with a weighted points system are the cornerstones of the new system.

The new player ranking system period will run from July 1 until the conclusion of the Australian Open annually and will be a far broader ranking system boasting more opportunities and a significantly enhanced points system across the spectrum of events approved as ‘ranking events’ giving more weight to higher finishing performances at major tournaments staged around Australia.

The philosophy of the new system is to provide equal and just opportunity for bowlers across the country to earn ranking points with the highest ranked player, both male and female, to be crowned Australia’s number one player for the year.

The highest ranked players in each gender will receive a cheque to the value of $3,000.

The male and female points leader following the conclusion of the Australian Open each year will be declared the ‘Race winner’ and would be recognised and awarded appropriately as Australia’s No.1 Ranked Player.

Please note that disciplines are irrelevant in the new player ranking system. There will be only one men’s and one women’s ranking system with all points, be they achieved in singles, pairs, triples or fours combined and calculated into the one system.

The Australian Open, Australia’s most lucrative event, provides the highest number of points available (in each discipline) and sits alone at the top of the tiered structure in tier 1.

Register your event

Clubs can register their interest to have their events considered for approval of the new player ranking system. A non-refundable registration fee of $63 is payable at the time of registration.

Each event approved will receive promotion of that event through the Bowls Australia website and social media channels.

To register your event, simply click here and complete the online registration form.

Rankings Event Criteria

All approved events must meet the following criteria

  • All events must be minimum two (2) days in duration;
  • All events must either be open, masters or have qualifying events (no Invitation only events will be approved);
  • Minimum total prize money of $12,000 per discipline for a tier 3 event;
  • Must have a minimum total prize money of $3,000 per discipline for a tier 4 event

5-A-Side events can also be registered for ranking points, and fall under the following guidelines:

  • The event must be open to entry for any registered bowler;
  • The prize money for the entire event must fall in line with existing criteria under the rankings system, and must be distributed for the entire teams’ final performance (rather than each specific discipline). Prize money for specific disciplines will not count in the determination of total prize money amount;
  • Rankings points will be distributed to each of the 5 players in the team evenly based on the final finishing position of the team (rather than for each specific discipline);
  • Ranking points will be distributed under the points allocation for a fours event under the applicable event tier.
Only the Australian Open Singles winners and Australian Indoor Championships Singles winners will be granted a first round wildcard entry into the Australian Indoor Championships.

Bowls clubs are invited to lodge applications with Bowls Australia for their events to be ratified as a ranking event and when approval is granted they will be categorised into one of four tiers based the aforementioned criteria.

Tier structure

Tier 1 - Australian Open

Tier 2 - Australian Indoor and Australian Champion of Champions

Tier 3 - State Championships, State Champion of Champions and approved club events $12,000 and over.

Tier 4 - Approved club events $11,999 - $3,000

2016/17 Ranking Values for events

Click here to download the full ranking values for each tier.

Note: Should one event have multiple disciplines, ranking points will be assigned to each discipline in accordance with the prize money available to that component. Overall event prize money does not dictate points.

Event results

Clubs are required to submit results from their events no later than 48 hours after the completion of the event to Results lodged later than that will not have their event included in the rankings system.

An update of the points table will be completed on the 1st of every month and the updated table will be posted at by the 6th day of every month.

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Frequently asked questions

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