The top seeded LD competitor entering out-round competition has lost their first out-round in each of the last two NFA National Tournaments. This anecdote highlights the immensely dynamic nature of the event and, perhaps, begins to question the sanctity of out-round seeding. In order to better understand the nature of preliminary rounds, their importance in deciding who will advance to out-rounds, and how many of them are actually necessary, it is imperative that we dissect the results from recent tournaments and work toward creating a more fair and competitive tournament. In this paper, I use results data from the 2009 and 2010 NFA National Tournaments to understand how rounds 5 and 6 impact out-round seeding for both individuals and their teams so that we can consider carefully the effect of moving to a 4-round tournament.
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"Rummaging Through Cumes: What Existing Results Data for LD at the NFA National Tournament Can Tell Us About Tournament Design,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 5:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol5/iss1/12