ProPicks

ProPicks Rules

This is a competition to most accurately predict the top finishers in specific categories for Rally America and American Rally Association National events. Entry is open to anybody, and there is competition for individual events, either series, the whole season, individual categories, and for a grand total.

How It Works

To compete, you must predict which teams will place in the top positions in specific categories and events. For each event, we will compete to best predict the top 4 national teams Overall, the top 3 teams in "SPGT" (defined as eligible national finishers in combined RA Super Production, Open Light and PGT classes or ARA Production 4WD class), and the top 3 national teams in "2WD" (defined as eligible finishers in combined RA Group 5, Group 2, B-Spec, and Production classes or ARA Open 2WD and Production 2WD classes). We are not picking regional rally winners or the half-point national RA rallies in 2017.

Point distribution

However, you get points for picking top finishing teams even if you don't get them in exactly the right finishing position. You get the maximum number of points that both A) the team qualified for and B) that you predicted them for. So if you predict a team to win 2wd (6 points) but they take 2nd (qualifying for up to 3 points), you get 3 points for it. And if a team wins 2wd (qualifying for up to 6 points), but you had predicted them for 3rd (1 point), you get 1 point for it.

There are 12 separate RA events (two per national rally weekend) and 6 ARA events. Therefore, American Rally Association events are worth twice the points of Rally America events for balance purposes in 2017. Every RA event has a total of 40 points available and every ARA event has a total of 80. ProPicks championships are as follows:

Entry Deadline And Entry List/Start Order

Entries for each event must be picked on this site by the First Car Out (FCO) time as specified in the supplementary regulations for that event. Entries can be changed up to that deadline. The deadline is posted on the "pick" page and the "status" page. Please e-mail us if there is an error in the FCO time. If they are provided by ProPicks, entry lists and unofficial start orders are updated daily at midnight until 1 day before the deadline when they are updated in real time. Official start orders and entry lists are always maintained by the rally organizers.

Availability of Results

All results will be publicly available on this website as soon as they are finalized. Results may be listed provisionally after the start of the rally and finalized soon after the official scores are posted by organizers. Results are also posted to the ProPicks Trash Talk Facebook Group and emailed to players. Copies of the pick database (in mySQL) are available to anyone interested.

    Tie-breakers:

  1. Head-to-head comparison (which player beat the other in the tied category more times)
  2. Most recent head-to-head comparison where a winner can be determined.
  3. Random selection

Painful but necessary "fine print" detailed rules below:

Only one account is allowed per person, blatantly duplicate accounts will be deleted without warning. Even if FCO time changes, the planned FCO time specified by the event schedule about a week in advance will be the deadline for the ProPicks. The website time stamp will be considered official time unless it is verified at least 90 minutes off, or unless otherwise noted. Exceptions to the FCO post deadline (and to the use of this site as the posting site) can only be made in the spirit of the competition if the website is verified unable to receive inputs for at least the final two hours leading up to the deadline. In that case, e-mail us your picks within 30 minutes after the FCO deadline. Due to the necessity of strict enforcement of the posting deadline, for equal competition for all, it is recommended that risk be minimized. To minimize risk, predictions can be made early. Entries somehow mishandled by the website won't be scored with the compliant ones. Please double check that your picks are correct. If there are errors in your picks and they cannot be repaired, please e-mail us (before FCO) and we'll edit the database by hand if necessary. You may allow another person to post or revise your entry by the deadline by giving them your login and password to this site.