In an effort to create more opportunities for all women rodeo athletes, the WCRA will debut a tiering system based on earnings and rankings in the respective events at this first-ever WRWC. Offering a path to center stage for everyone by leveling the playing field up front is the point, and WRWC qualifying rounds that include both pro- and challenger-division pools will put this premise into play.
WCRA will debut tiering during the Women’s Rodeo World Championship, November 3-7, 2020 at South Point in Las Vegas, Nevada
This event will offer “WCRA Challenger” Pools of competition in Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing and Team Roping
WCRA believe that at all levels of Rodeo competition, the “Professional Athlete” makes up less than 20% of the field of competition and these “Professional Athletes” secure more than 80% of the prize money.
Single disciplines such as Team Roping and Barrel Racing have seen enormous growth with the implementation of tiering – also known as team roping handicapping and the barrel race divisional systems.
Team Roping will use the Global Handicaps system to determine the WCRA Challenger Pool Any combined teams Global Handicap of #9.5 or below is eligible, but not required, to participate in the WCRA Challenger Pool.
- An athlete’s Global Handicap number at the time of their initial entry in the open pool will be used to determine the combined team’s number regardless if an athlete’s number is raised prior to entries closing.
- All Challengers MUST have a Global Handicaps classification number prior to entering.
- The Challenger is a 9.5 capped at a 5
Breakaway Roping will utilize a proprietary classification format developed by Rodeo Logistics based on athlete earnings derived from select national and regional rodeo associations; select stand-alone events; and WCRA earnings from the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. Athletes are eligible participate in the Challenger division if their earnings for either (not both) time periods listed below in this section are below the amount listed for that time period.
- 2019 calendar year – $7,000
- 2018-2019 combined calendar years – $12,000
Barrel Racing will utilize the Equi-Stat ranking system to determine the Challenger Division eligibility. Athletes are eligible participate in the Challenger division if their earnings for either (not both) time periods listed below in this section are below the amount listed for that time period.
- 2019 calendar year – $30,000
- 2017-2019 combined calendar years – $90,000
- 2015-2019 combined calendar years – $150,000
The Equi-Stat ranking report cutoff date will be March 30, 2020
Each discipline will have a maximum of four (4) Pools
Total number of pools per Pro/Challenger Divisions to be determined by total athletes entered per discipline at the close of entries on October 18, 2020 at 11:59pm CT
- Any additional entries in the OPEN Pools via Late OPEN entries or re-entries from the WCRA pool will not change the total number of pools
Total number of athletes within each division will be divided as equally as possible and placement within each pool per division will be randomly drawn.