Surfing Australia Launches National Junior Ranking System
Published on 30/06/2021

CASUARINA/NSW(JUNE 30th/2021): Surfing Australia and all State branches in conjunction with Live Heats are pleased to announce a new country-wide ranking system that covers off on junior surfing across state branches and overall national junior rankings. Every competitive junior surfer will have full access to the rankings system from ages 8 to 18.

On completion of the national events season on December 31st, rankings leaders across the divisions -18 Junior Men, 18 Junior Women, 16 Junior Men, 16 Junior Women will earn a spot to represent The Irukandjis (Team Australia) at the next upcoming International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Games.

National Junior Rankings – https://surfingaustralia.com/rankings/

Surfing NSW Rankings – https://surfingnsw.com.au/rankings/

Surfing QLD Rankings – https://surfingqueensland.com.au/rankings/

Surfing VIC Rankings – https://surfingvic.com/rankings/

Surfing WA Rankings – https://surfingwa.com.au/rankings/

Surfing SA Rankings – https://surfingsouthaustralia.com.au/rankings/

Surfing Tas Rankings – https://surfingtas.com/rankings/

After eligible competitions and events, rankings will be updated across five rating levels in accordance with Surfing Australia event criteria. At the end of the national competitive season, rankings will reflect the best competitive surfers in each junior.

Events included in National Rankings System HERE

The National Rankings System will become available to all age divisions as the rollout continues in the coming seasons.  

National Rankings Administrator Glen Elliott said: “ For the first time this easy to use, nationwide ranking system is available to any junior competitive surfer competing in our affiliated events. It will be a game-changer for athletes, coaches, state branches and program facilitators. We are stoked to launch the system and look forward to watching it help produce more world champions in the years to come.”  

Athletes will be able to get a live gauge on how they are positioned after each event and will be able to develop a clear picture of the pathway they need to take with their own goals in mind. The new system will also give clarity to coaches across the country, including individual athlete’s coaches, state branch staff and Surfing Australia’s High Performance/Talent ID Program leaders.

Surfing Australia CEO Chris Mater said: “This new system is designed to give surfers a fair way to rank everyone from top to bottom. Time and budget management is critical for the modern pro junior, so being able to really pinpoint the best events to enter, and plan out the year in advance through the data our new ranking system provides will be a massive help to those who utilise it.”

RATING LEVELS:  

Tier 1: 1000 pts and down (BRC’s and Local events)

Tier 2: 2500 pts and down (Regional events)

Tier 3: 4500 pts and down (Competitive single Event promoters)

Tier 4: 5500 pts and down (State titles and key Events)

Tier 5: 10,000 pts and down (Marquee Events & National Titles)

COUNTING RESULTS PER DIVISION:

Key positive points for State branches

•Cohesive integrated rankings system for State and National age divisions

•National ranking system allows States to utilise where they see fit (WC’s, team selection,seeding of events)

•State coaches can utilise for State HP programs and Talent ID

•To have a State/National ranking the surfer must be a member of the State branch

•An event to be rated must be sanctioned and insured with the State branch

Key positive points for Coaches

•State and National rankings allow for the HPC coaches to utilise and create criteria for Talent ID and HPC programs and WC selection for Team Australia

•State and National rankings allow for the coaches to utilise results to analyse a surfers strengths and support their surfer through strategic planning

•State and National rankings allow for the individual coaches to utilise when setting career goals for their surfers.

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