How does seeding randomization work and why is it used?
Seeding points are determined based on the rankings calculation from the Wednesday 1.5 weeks prior to the start of a tournament. Based on their seeding points, players are then ordered and separated into “seeding groups.” Players are then randomized within their seeding groups and placed on the draw accordingly.
Randomized seeding groups are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, 17-20, 21-24, 25-28, and 29-32.
The top four seeded players are placed into the draw in the standard positions for each seed. Then, the 5-8 seeds are randomized and placed in the four positions for the 5-8 players (for example, the No. 7 seeded player could end up in any of the No. 5-8 positions). The same process is then replicated for each other seeding group.
NOTE: The Junior Nationals and Silver Championships are the only two accredited junior tournaments of the year where draws use the straight seeding methodology (i.e. 1 vs. 32, 2 vs. 31, etc.). Therefore, at these two events, there is no seeding randomization.
Seeding randomization encourages balance in draws and aids in ranking mobility as the level of junior players change over time. Further, the seeding groups introduce a level of chance to account for incremental player improvements and minor discrepancies in the rankings, while still rewarding players with draw positioning based on the ranking they have earned.
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