The sanctioning system is a new system that was designed in order to keep the World Championships as a viable on-going event. Unlike other leagues that have the benefit of deep pocketed sponsors, the WRPSS must be more creative in trying to keep the World's Premier RPS tournament alive and functioning. As such, the WRPSS experimented with a new sanctioning system this year and with all new systems it is working out of the bugs. The Steering Committee will likely be revisiting the sanctioning guidelines after this year's season and will make amendments as it feels are necessary.
The winner of the Casino Niagara Tournament has been granted a spot into the round of 64 at the World Championships. Nothing has changed. The winner abided by all the rules of the event and as such it is important for the WRPSS to uphold her advanced standing.
Yes, it is true that the guidelines state that there must be 128 competitors, BUT the Casino made the WRPSS aware of their fear that they may not get the required number and the Steering Committee made the decision to uphold the sanctioning. Because the Casino took every effort to promote interest in the event and they made the WRPSS aware of this potential shortfall 2 weeks prior to the event taking place, the SC felt that the best course of action was to not take away the 'sanctioned' standing. The reason for this was because it was felt that it was more important to help develop interest in RPS events rather than disappoint players that had already made arrangements to attend. Had the Casino not made the WPRSS aware of the potential shortfall, we would likely be in a different situation.
Also, the SC felt comfortable with upholding the sanctioning for another reason:
- A player to win the World Championships must win a total of 9 matches.
- For a player to win a 64 player event they must win 6 matches.
As such, a proportional advanced standing system should actually award the winner of a 64 player event a spot into the round of 8 at the World Championships. Therefore, the winner of the Casino Niagara event is not being given undue advanced standing placement that is disproportional to her achievement.