Team of the Year Changes

The Minnesota Barbeque Society has voted and approved to modify the Team of the Year (TOY) scoring structure for 2017.

The past structure of the TOY rankings was calculated by totaling the top three actual contest scores achieved by a team for each category (Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket, and Overall) for the year.

The change specifically impacts the point system used to calculate the rankings and also the amount of contests included in the calculation. The change will increase the amount of contest scores from three to four. This would encourage teams to participate in more contests, reward them for consistency, and still allow them to drop lower scores for any additional contests they compete in over four.

The change to the point system will go from using a team’s actual scores to a point system based on the finishing place. Points would be given to every team, including last place. Further, bonus points would be given incrementally based on the number of teams at a given competition, up to 35 bonus points maximum. This system evens out the effect of high and low scoring contests. Additionally, it rewards teams for their performance when competing against a larger field of teams.

Below is a summary of the base scoring system for each competition:
1st – 250
2nd – 225
3rd – 200
4th – 175
5th – 150
6th – 140
7th – 130
8th – 120
9th – 110
10th – 100
11th – 95
12th – 90
13th – 85
14th – 80
15th – 75
16th – 70
17th – 65
18th – 60
19th – 55
20th – 50
21st – 45
22nd – 40
23rd – 35
24th – 30
25th and lower – 25

For example, if a team finished in 5th place at a competition with a total of 30 teams, that team would be awarded 180 total points towards TOY = 150 base points plus a bonus of 30 based on the amount of teams that competed. In the event of a tie for TOY ranking, the score for a team’s fifth contest would be considered the tiebreaker. If a tie continues, the sixth contest would also be factored in, and so on as needed. If a team did not cook a fifth contest, they would not have any points awarded for the tiebreaker.

The above system will take effect immediately and will include scores for all Minnesota contests in 2017 (including Fire on Ice). In order to compete for Team of the Year, a team must be a member in good standing of the MN BBQ Society prior to the Minnesota in May contest (May 12th – 13th).