The current system of awarding points by the WUSPBA (and seemingly EUSPBA is similar) is:
(Points per competition) = (Number of Competitors) – (Placing – 1)
I say a better formula is:
(Points per competition) = (Number of Competitors)*(1/Placing)
Note, only the top 6 places are awarded points. Everybody else gets zero points. Also, piobaireachd is worth double points.
Anyways, as an example, this is how the top 40 in Grade III in the EUSPBA would be reorganized based on my new formula.
Old Rank – Name and Branch – Old Points – # Comps – New Points – Old Pts/# Comps – New Pts/# Comps