PIN ratings to separate athletes at national and regional events; PIN of all members available through sortable online database
by Gary Abbott, USA Wrestling
As presented by USA Wrestling’s Junior Olympic Committee and approved by the USA Wrestling Board of Directors, USA Wrestling’s Performance Index (PIN) will be used for separation at USA Wrestling national and regional events starting with the 2023-24 membership season.
Previously, an athlete could only check on their own PIN through their USA Wrestling membership profile.
Now, the PIN for all USA Wrestling members can be accessed online by the general public through a sortable database posted on the membership system.
Anybody can access this database by going to the results section on TheMat.com, then clicking the PIN Ratings button at the top of the page.
You will be able to sort PIN ratings in a number of ways, by state, by age-group, by gender and by style.
The following age groups are currently available in this database: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, U15, 16U, U17, USA Wrestling Junior, U20, U23, Senior.
The styles currently available in the database are Freestyle, Greco-Roman, Folkstyle, and Composite (with all three styles included).
While anybody can access this database, the only individuals who will be included in the PIN ratings are those who have a current USA Wrestling athlete membership (2023-24) or had one the previous year (2022-23).
Those who wish to be able to have their PIN in the database, and to compare with other athletes, will need to update their membership, or become a USA Wrestling athlete member (if not a member last season or this season).
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USA Wrestling continues to widen the number of events included in its database, further strengthening the accuracy of its PIN ratings. Based upon the use of PIN in many major events during the 2022-23 season, the index has shown excellent accuracy in its ability to evaluate individual performance expectations.
The next major USA Wrestling event which will use the PIN for separation is the USA Wrestling Brian Keck Memorial Preseason Nationals and Boys National High School Recruiting Showcase in Des Moines, Iowa, October 27-29.
ABOUT THE USA WRESTLING PIN
• The USA Wrestling Performance Index (PIN) measures consistency over time and rates the probability of a person winning against an opponent based on their bodies of work.
• A person with a higher PIN is considered more likely to beat someone with a lower PIN and the closer the PINs are between athletes, the closer the probability gets to 50/50 chances.
• This does not reward the one-time win or head-to-head over an opponent. What it does is reward an athlete’s consistency over time. If you consistently beat people with higher PINs, you will gain PIN points to surpass them in the index, given that you do not lose to lesser competition along the way.
• The more you wrestle, the more opportunity you have to change your PIN.
• The baseline number for a person’s PIN is 1,000 points. The more points your PIN has above 1,000 reflects positive success against your opponents.