A decision was taken to revise and update the handicapping used for the Tallon Trophy with effect from the start of the 2014 competition year, on 1st July 2014.
Henceforth each player's handicap will be calculated automatically at the end of each calendar month using that player's results over the previous twelve months. We will aggregate all of the percentage results achieved by a player in normal club pairs in the previous twelve months. The resultant total, divided by the number of sessions involved, will give us a mean average percentage. This average when taken away from 50% will give us the handicap for the ensuing month. In some cases the handicap will be positive and in other cases it will be negative.
For each partnership playing in a handicap session the handicap that will be the applied to the result will be the average of the two players' individual handicaps. This will be added or subtracted to their score for that particular session to produce the handicapped result.
Players who are achieving above average results will have a negative handicap effectively reducing their scores. Less experienced players will have a positive handicap effectively increasing their scores.
Handicaps will therefore be based on a rolling twelve month average which will be updated monthly. At the end of each calendar month an updated handicap will be calculated which will apply for the ensuing month. The revised handicap will use the percentage scores from standard pairs events in the previous twelve months with the scores from the month just ended now entering into the calculation in place of the scores from thirteen months ago which fall out of the calculation.
In most cases we anticipate that new players, other than those with an existing EBU record, will start without any handicap and will effectively generate their own handicap by the beginning of their second month. Any experienced players who join the club may be allocated a starting handicap taking into account their experience, any grades in the National Grading Scheme and/or Masterpoint rank.
Results from non-standard events such as the Eileen Webster, Preece Rose Bowl, teaching or introductory sessions will be excluded from the handicap calculation.