Order of Merit Points Structure - Summary

The OOM points model for the 2019-20 season will determine the points awarded for all World Curling Tour events using a Strength of Field generated from the WCF World Team Ranking system.

Rolling Out of Event Count:
At the start of the 2019/20 season, teams will begin counting their 2 best event of the season until Week 11 (early October), where an additional slot will open to allow teams to count their 3 best events of the season. For every two weeks after this, an additional event slot will open until 8 event count for the remainder of the season.

Event Calculations:

1) Tour Cashspiels: this category represents the bulk of the events played on tour, including all events that qualify as Order of Merit sanctioned events. It will also include the Grand Slam Of Curling events outside of the four Grand Slams that meet the format requirements for Order of Merit inclusion.

General rules that apply to all events:

Events must post results, which include full team rosters, draw schedule and full linescores on their own private website or through results service. This allows the results to be verifiable and have historical backup to the data.

Teams finishing in the top half of the field (up to maximum 8) will receive OOM playoff points for reaching a playoff position:
In a 8 or 9-team event only the top 4 can receive fixed points. (All Events - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th)
In a 10 or 11-team event only the top 5 can receive fixed points. (All Events - 1st, 2nd, SF2, QF1)
In a 12 or 13-team event only the top 6 can receive fixed points. (All Events - 1st, 2nd, SF2, QF2)
In a 14 team event only the top 7 can receive fixed points. (All Events - 1st, 2nd, SF2, QF3)
In a 15+ team event only the top 8 can receive fixed points. (All Events - 1st, 2nd, SF2, QF4)

For events where finding the top half of the field includes teams finishing in an equal placing but leaves greater than 50% of the field receiving points the following calculations will be completed: the teams that make up the tied placings (ex: QF losers ranked 5th & 6th in 10 team field) that finish with a losing record during the round robin (ex: 2-3) would get 50% of their qualifying points and all other record would get the full points.

Points Per Win at 0.375 times Strength of Field will be apply to all other teams in each event to reflect the value of their wins. This will balance out the different between losing a C-Qualifier and Quarterfinalist based on the number of wins it takes to get to that game.

The points utilizes a SFM (Strength Of Field Multiplier) number multiplied by a base-point value to determine the number of points available for playoff teams:

PlacingFixed Base Point Value
1st 7.50
3rd - 4th 4.25*
5th-8th 3.00^
* If a third place game is played, base value will be 4.50 for 3rd place, 4.00 for 4th place.
^ If more playoff teams qualify than positions available to an event, or tied across base point valus, the value of points will be awarded based on the Total Base Value divided between the total playoff teams reaching quarterfinals and muliplied by the SFM, or teams will receive point-per-win values, whichever number is higher.

All events will utilize a SFM value. This SFM value reflects the quality of the teams participating in the event. The SFM value will be calculated using the WCF World Team Ranking on the Tuesday prior to the event, and will reflect a cumulative total using the following system:

Order Of Merit RankingSFM Contribution

The cumulative SFM number, as calculated above, will then be scaled to a 24-team format. This scaled SFM value is now normalized so it does not reflect the number of teams at an event.

Example: A 32 team event with a cumulative SFM of 5.6:

5.6 * (24/32) = 4.2

The cumulative SFM number does not have a limit.

After the scaled SFM has been calculated, it will then be adjusted to reflect the number of teams playing in an event.

For Tour Cashspiel events, the minimum number of teams for Order of Merit inclusion is 8 and this corresponds to a minimum factor of 0.750. The adjusting factor maxes out in an event with 32 teams, at a maximum value of 1.5. For events in between this range, the following formula will determine the factor where n represents the number of teams playing:

1 + (n – 16) * 0.03125

Lastly, for all Tour Cashspiel events there will be a second factor that reflects the size of cash purse available to the players. The minimum purse requirement for Order of Merit inclusion is $300/team playing (i.e. a 24-team event must have at least $7,200 total purse). This purse factor will range in between 0.96 to 1.25 where the minimum ($300/team) represents the 0.96 factor, and the maximum ($2000+/team) represents the 1.25 factor. For purses in between this range, the following formula will determine the factor where p represents the purse value divided by the number of teams:

1 + (p – 500) * 0.00017

After the SFM has been calculated and scaled to the 24-team format it will then be multiplied by the 2 factors (number of teams and purse size) to get a final value. This final SFM value is then used in combination with the base-point structure (as shown above) to determine the number of points available. The following is an example:

A sanctioned Tour Cashspiel has 32 teams competing for a purse of $50,000. In the field of 32 teams, there are:

  • 5 top 20 teams ranked in the positions # 1, 4, 7, 13, and 17.
  • 2 teams ranked #21--30.
  • 4 teams ranked #31--50.
  • 1 team ranked # 51--100.
  • 6 teams ranked #101--200.
  • 14 teams ranked #201+.

The cumulative SFM value using the above table is: 4.63. This value is then scaled to the 24-team format:

4.63 * (24/32) = 3.47

The first factor (number of teams) is at a maximum for a 32-team event: 1.5

The second factor (purse size) is calculated using the equation below. The value of p is ($50000/32 = 1562.5):

1 + (1562.5 – 500) * 0.00017 = 1.18

The final SFM value is then calculated by multiplying both factors to the scaled SFM value:

3.47 * 1.50 * 1.18 = 6.15

The last step is using this final SFM value in combination with the base-point structure to determine the points available:

PlaceFinal SFMBase PointsTotal
1st6.150 7.50 46.125
3rd - 4th6.1504.2526.140
5th - 8th6.1503.0018.450
* this event yields a total of 202.96 points

Points per win will be available for all events for non-playoff teams only. These points per win will be rewarded as per:

  • 0.375*SFM points-per-win: For example, using the SFM value of 6.150 above, teams playing this event would therefore receive 6.150*0.375 = 2.306 points per win for non-playoff teams only.
Event TypePercentage Increase
Provincial / Territorialn/a
Players' Championship 20%
Grand Slam Majors10%

All of the events in this category are still predominately SFM-based events. This additional factor was implemented based on historical significance to adjust the points available to match the importance of winning/placing in such events.