Why don’t all teams start with the same number of points?

We allow all teams to assign themselves an initial points value at the beginning of the season (based on the Grouping they choose). We assume this to be their best guess as to their strength. If most of these rankings are accurate, teams will find their correct level faster if we assign different values based on these Groupings. Of course, not all of these rankings will be accurate. It will take a few tournaments longer for teams whose initial ranking was inaccurate to find their level.  Teams that clearly choose the wrong initial grouping may petition the Region Office to adjust their initial grouping by one category if received before their second tournament.