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I have a few questions for PDGA members with ratings:
Where you live and play tournaments, are you aware of any players who DNF a bad round or intentionally tank a bad round in order to protect their rating?
If you are aware of such conduct, would it be by the player's own admission or by reputation or suspicion?
Where you live and play tournaments do you think PDGA members are generally aware that it is against the rules for a player to DNF a bad round or intentionally tank a bad round in order to protect his rating, and that the rule violation may be considered for further discipline by the Disciplinary Committee, if reported by the TD? Do you think your TDs know this?
The PDGA Competition Committee was discussing this topic and I was curious if this was widespread or more common in some areas. I have not heard of players doing this in Michigan. I used to know of a player who did this in Illinois but he seems to have quit playing tournaments. I am curious if most players who would do this are also the kind of players who will soon quit playing tournaments because they just are not having fun.
I only know of one, because I was on his card. He asked me what he would need to shoot on the last hole to shoot so low that it would not count in his ratings. I said, "10 should do it, but 17 to be safe." He parked the hole and 16 putted while we added up the scores.
Off subject, but now I know why I got the stink eye and twenty questions by the TD when I dropped out after my back went out on me. didn't know there was reverse "bagging" going on as well. I just don't get it? You would think pride, keeping your name and reputation clean would mean more than a number/rating?
Pulled a hamstring once and didnt Dnf even though I knew it would kill my rating. Now I stretch everything before playing.
I don't care what people do to protect their rating. It doesn't affect me. With the extremely low ratings not counting it's difficult to tank enough rounds to bring your rating down for bagging without spending a fortune in entry fees. And if you want to artificially inflate your rating by making sure bad rounds don't count go ahead. You will either move out of my division, and I don't care, or you will move up into my division when you don't belong, yay more money for me, or it will change nothing and not matter, again I don't care. Any sponsor that backs a pro based on an artificially inflated rating should have looked into it more and deserves to waste their money.
Now failing to return for the next round without notifying the TD pisses me off and is bogus.
As someone who has had to DNF a few tournaments because of health issues I can say that it truly does suck. I can look at my results and feel the guilt and think of what other players must think, but they do not know. And each time I really had to wrestle with the decision solely based on whether my health was at risk more than my reputation.
So don't be so quick to judge. but.. I have been in tournaments with players who DNF for this reason( ratings) and I admit it left a sour taste in my mouth. I would compare it to baggers though. it's something at the lower tiered tournament levels we are always going to have unless something changes. I don't really see this as a really big problem the PDGA needs to deal with though.