How the rankings work and becoming Professional

Professional status

In order to become a Professional player, you must finish in the top 16 in the Amateur ranking list, after the final Tour event has been completed in the Isle of Man

If you reach the top 16, the IPA Secretary will contact you by the 30th November, and ask if you wish to become a Professional player. All players that wish to take up the status will be nominated at the following AGM and voted in by the current Professional players. It is at this point you are deemed to be Professional – not before. Your Pro status takes effect from Tour 1 and not at the World Championships.

The top 4 in the Amateur rankings at the end of the season, must take up Pro status for the following season. Failure to do so, will result in a 12 month suspension from the IPA Tour. Players would be able to enter other IPA events.

Players ranked 5 to 16 have the option to accept Pro status or not.


The system works on 2 years rolling ranking points list(Amateur rankings are based on 1 year)

At the end of each event, the player with the most ranking points is the Number 1 ranked player for the next event. This is based on the last 2 years points accumulated. 

When we start the new year at Tour 1, the points gained from the same event 2 years ago are removed, and the new points gained are added. This continues throughout the year.

In the following example, Gareth has 30 points in total for the 2 years, of which 20 were gained in 2018, and 10 of those were accumulated from Tour 1.

He gained 4 points in the 2020 event, so these are added to his total and the 10 points from 2018 are removed, giving a new running total of 24 points. A second example is included for Craig Marsh. He had 25 points in total, then loses 2 points and gains 8 points, giving a new running total of 31 points, and he would therefore be the number 1 seed for the next event.

2018 Total2019 TotalTotal 2020(Event 1)New Total
Gareth Hibbott 20 (10)1030424
Craig Marsh10 (2) 1525 831

The ranking point structure is as follows:

Tours 1-4 Pro, Ladies, Amateur
Tours 1-5 Open
Grand Final - Pro, Ladies, AmateurWorld Championships
R Up203240
Last 16101620
Last 3281316
Last 6461012
Last 128478
Round 2244
Round 112