The CRA factor:
- CRA: (Calcul pour le Respect de l'Alignement): the calculation is based on a formula in which the partnership and the opponents are taken into account; the percentage of games won or loss is also in the formula. See How does the formula work?
- The basic CRA factor is different for each level and increases from the level IV player to the best player of Level I.
- Each match played generates a change to the CRA factor in the following manner:
- A win generates an increase to the CRA factor
- A loss generates a reduction to the CRA factor
- The increase is equal in absolute value to the decrease on each individual court.
- Each player has an individual CRA factor. At first, a CRA factor is given to the new player by the head pro. This factor should reflect the position she holds in her team and level of play.
- At the end of the season including playoffs every player's CRA factor is retained for use in the following season.
- The following principle must be respected. The sum of the CRA factors of the team playing on court #1 must be higher or equal to the sum of the CRA factors of the team playing on court #2. The sum of the CRA factors of the team playing on court #2 must be higher or equal to the sum of the CRA factors of the team playing on court #3.
- If this rule is not respected the team at fault:
- During the regular season, will incur two penalty points in the standings under the matches' column.
- During the playoffs, will automatically lose the round and the opposing team continues to the next round.as in booklet 18-19
Penalty vs infraction
Question: During an infraction of the CRA rule, the team at fault is penalized. Why aren't the opponents rewarded for playing a match that was at fault?
Answer: Without question, the CRA rule has to be respected. The total CRA per court has to be greater on the first and less as you go down the following courts. Even if the totals are 0.01 difference, the rule has to be respected. The errors are usually made by the captain or the coach and players unaware that this rule is broken. It is only after the event that the infraction is discovered. We believe these matches are played fairly and in good faith.
In 2014, the TFIM board of administrators decided to eliminate the reversing of matches that sometimes rewarded the opponents or didn't change anything because the courts at fault has loss. TFIM added a penalty on top of that. This was extremely uneven for an offense that was the same for all occasions. The CRA of the concerned players were affected and did not reflect the reality.
Since the 2014-15 season, a penalty of 2 points is added in the Standings of the team at fault and the players are not penalized. The CRA generated by the match reflects a match that was actually played in fairness. You have to realize that this error was not made willingly and since the players are not aware, cannot be penalized or matches awarded to their opponents.
Why is the CRA secret?
The CRA factor is a tool for the coaches only. It was decided at the very beginning that the CRA factor would not be known publicly, thus the secret aspect. Each club, team functions differently when it concerns divulging the CRA factor to their players.
The CRA factor as per it's function evolves with each player as the season progresses and within her team and her level. The CRA factor isn't a coefficient of strength of play nor ability and changes each time a match is played. Knowing your own CRA factor doesn't give you any information. EX: In level II the CRA factor of 14,34 may be for the strongest player on a team while the weakest on another team.