FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Why should I have my FFANS Index™?
The FFANS Number System™ makes it possible to footgolfers to compete against one another on an even playing field, no matter how big of a gap in playing ability. Simply put, with a FFANS Index™, the game is more fun.

How do I establish a FFANS Index™?
You must be a member either of a FootGolf Club or a FootGolf Association. Once a player joins a FootGolf Club or a FootGolf Association, he or she should post gross scores. When the player posts five gross scores, and a revision date passes, FFANS™ will issue the player a FFANS Index™.

What does a FFANS Course Number™ represent?
A FFANS Number™ represents the number of strokes needed to play to the level of a scratch footgolfer. A FFANS Number™ is expressed as a whole number (e.g. 12). In addition, a FFANS Number™ can be calculated by this method
Formula:
FFANS Index® multiplied by Level Valuation™ of tees played, divided by Standard Level (113) = Answer (rounded to nearest whole number, .4 rounds down and .5 rounds up)
Example: 10.4 FFANS Index™ x 125 Level Valuation™ / 113 Standard Level Valuation = 11.5 = 12 Course FFANS Number™

What is the maximum FFANS Index™?
The maximum FFANS Index™ is 36.4 for men and 40.4 for women.

Which Tees to Play?
We do not recommend any particular set of tees based on factors such as age or gender. A player may choose a tee that will best match the player’s ability, and perhaps enjoy the round a little more.
A FFANS Index® is a portable number that can be converted to a FFANS Number™ from any set of tees rated for a player’s gender so the game will be equitable no matter what tees are played. Therefore, we do not have rules or policies that require you to play from a certain set of tees based on your age, ability, Index, etc.
For competition purposes, a Tournament Committee may specify in the conditions of the competition that players must compete from a specific set of tees. For example, at ProAm FootGolf Tour, the Committee may state in the conditions of the event that all players with a FFANS Index™ of 10.4 or less must compete from the back tees. Otherwise, the decision on what set of tees to use is up to the individual player.
DEFINITIONS
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Authorized FootGolf Association
An "authorized FootGolf Association" is a notforprofit entity that is recognized and licensed by the FIFG and utilize the FFANS System™ and/or the FFANS Course Mapping System™ within a certain state or country. It is an organization comprised of footgolf clubs and/or footgolfers, operated under bylaws, and in existence for the purpose of supporting, promoting and preserving the true spirit of the game of footgolf.

FootGolf Club
A "footgolf club" is an organization that operates under bylaws with a footgolf association to supervise footgolf activities and maintain the integrity of the FFANS Handicap System™. A footgolf club must be licensed by FFANS™ to utilize the FFANS Handicap System™. A club can obtain a license in conjunction with its membership from an authorized footgolf association that is already licensed by the FIFG and that has jurisdiction in the geographic area that includes the main location of the footgolf club.

FFANS Supervisor
A "FFANS Supervisor" is a person at a footgolf club that ensures compliance with the FFANS Handicap System™.

FFANS Handicap System
The "FFANS Handicap System" is the method of evaluating footgolf skills so that players of differing abilities can compete on an equitable basis.

FFANS Index™
A "FFANS Index™" is the FFANS's service mark used to indicate a measurement of a player's potential ability on a course of standard playing difficulty. It is expressed as a number taken to one decimal place (e.g., 10.4) and is used for conversion to a FFANS Course Number™.

FFANS Course Number™
A "FFANS Course Number™" is the FFANS's mark that indicates the number of kicks a player receives from a specific set of tees at the course being played to adjust the player's scoring ability to the level of scratch or zeroFFANSnumber footgolfer. For a player with a plus FFANS Course Number™, it is the number of kicks a player gives to adjust the player's scoring ability to the level of scratch or zeroFFANSCourseNumber footgolfer. A player's FFANS Course Number™ is expressed as a whole number.

FFANS Course Number™ Table
A "FFANS Course Number™ Table" is a chart that converts a Handicap Index to a Course Handicap based on the Level Rating for a specific set of tees.

FFANS Course Valuation™
A "FFANS Course Valuation™" is the FFANS's mark that indicates the playing difficulty of a course for a scratch footgolfer under normal course and weather conditions. It is expressed as kicks taken to one decimal place, and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch footgolfer.

Level Valuation™
A "Level Valuation™" is the FFANS's mark that indicates the measurement of the relative difficulty of a course for players who are not scratch footgolfers compared to the FFANS Course Valuation™ (e.g. , compared to the difficulty of a course for scratch footgolfers ). The lowest Level Valuation™ is 55 and the highest is 155. A footgolf course of standard playing difficulty has a Level Valuation™ of 113.

Kick Cap™ (KC)
"Kick Cap™" (KC) is the maximum number of kicks that the FFANS Handicap System™ can take into account on any hole. The KC is based on the player's FFANS Course Number. The player does not need to adjust the score in the score card with the KC because it is done automatically.

Gross Score
A "gross score" is the number of actual kicks plus any penalty kicks taken by a player.

Net Score
A "net score" is a player's score after substracting the FFANS Course Number from the gross score. A "plus FFANSCourseNumber" player adds kicks to the gross score to yield a net score.

Par
"Par" is the score that an expert player would be expected to make on a given hole under ordinary weather conditions, allowing two kicks on the putting area. This zone consists of a circle with a diameter of 30 yards and the center on the hole.

FFANS Hole Index™
A kick is substracted from every hole with a "FFANS Hole Index™" (IDX) less or equal than the FFANS Course Number™. Holes with lower IDX tend to be the harder holes on the course. When the FFANS Course Number™ is larger than the number of holes, 2 kicks (instead of 1) are substracted from the hardest holes.

Scratch FootGolfer
A "scratch footgolfer" is a player who can play to a FFANS Course Number™ of zero on any and all rated footgolf courses. A male scratch footgolfer, for valuation purposes, can kick tee shots with an average of 98 yards and can reach a 187yard hole in two shots at sea level. A female scratch footgolfer, for valuation purposes, can kick tee shots with an average of 45 yards and can reach a 74yard hole in two shots at sea level.

Stipulated Round
A "stipulated round" consists in playing the holes of the course in their correct sequence unless otherwise authorized by the Committee in charge of the competition. The number of holes in a stipulated round is 18 unless a smaller number is authorized by the Committee. The Committee may, for the purpose of settling a tie, extend the stipulated round to as many holes as required for a match to be won.
FORMULA
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FFANS Score Reputation™
The Score Reputation quantifies the legitimacy of the score used to compute the FFANS Number Index™. The purpose to raise doubt about regular scores, which are directly entered by the player without any audition. Whereas, Tournament and Special Scores are entered by the corresponding Committee, which supervises the number of kicks. Some tournaments may require a minimum FFANS Score Reputation™ for players to participate.

FFANS FORMULA™
FFANS Number Index™ quantifies the potential ability of a player and is calculated using the player's best scores, which are based on the Number Differential™ for each score. The Number Index is equal to the 96% of the average of the best Number Differentials. Simultaneously, the Score Reputation is calculated to give more weight to special and tournament scores over regular ones. Some competitions may require a minimum Score Reputation in order to participate, particularly international tournaments.

Calculation of FFANS Number Differentials™
A Number Differential is computed from three elements: gross score, FFANS Course Valuation™, and Level Valuation™. To determine the Number Differential results from rounding the final number to the nearest tenth in the following operation:
(Gross Score  Course Valuation) x 113 / Level Valuation
Note that Number Differentials can be positive or negative.

Number Index Formula
The Number Index Formula is based on the best Handicap Differential(s) in a player's scoring record during the last 24 months. If a player's scoring record contains at least 20 scores, the best 10 Number Differentials of the most recent 20 scores are used to calculate the FFANS Number Index™. As the number of scores in the scoring record decreases, the percentage of scores used in a scoring record decreases as shown in the table below. Thus, the accuracy of a player's Number Index is directly proportional to the number of acceptable scores posted. A Number Index cannot be issued to a player who has entered fewer than five acceptable scores. Scores have an order of priority starting with Special Scores, followed by Tournament Scores, and finishing with Regular Scores. Thus, the lowest Special Scores in the last 24 months are considered first, then the Tournament Scores, and finally the Regular Scores, if there are not at least 20 scores.
The procedure for calculating a Number Index is as follows:

Step 1: Use the table below to determine the quantity of Number Differential(s) to use:
Number of Acceptable Scores Quantity of Number Differentials needed 5 or 6 1 7 or 8 2 9 or 10 3 11 or 12 4 13 or 14 5 15 or 16 6 17 7 18 8 19 9 20 10 
Step 2: Determine Number Differential(s) starting with Special Scores, and if needed, use Tournament Scores, and finally Regular Scores;

Step 3: Average the Number Differential(s) being used;

Step 4: Multiply the average by 0.96*;
* Bonus for Excellence is the incentive for players to improve their golf games that is built into the FFANS Handicap System(TM). It is the term used to describe the small percentage below perfect equity that is used to calculate a Number Index (96 percent). As a Number Index improves (gets lower), the player has a slightly better chance of placing high or winning a handicap event. Thus, there is an additional motivation for a player to lower his or her Number.

Step 5: Multiply by 10, round to the closest lower whole number (truncation), and divide by 10.


Score Reputation Formula
After Step 2 in Section 2, the Score Reputation can be computed. The points corresponding to Regular, Tournament, and Special Scores are 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Course Number
A player's Course Number is determined by the following equation:
Course Number = Number Index x Level Valuation / 113
The resulting figure is rounded off to the nearest whole number (.5 or more is rounded upward).

NineHole Courses
If a score from a 9hole course is used to compute the Number Differential, the Number Differential is multiplied by 2 before computing the average. Similarly, the Number Index is divided by 2 to compute the Course Number.
POSTING SCORES
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Acceptability of Scores
Fair handicapping depends upon full and accurate information regarding a player's potential scoring ability as reflected by a complete scoring record. Every player must be responsible for returning all acceptable scores, as defined in this section.

Scores To Post
To post a 9hole score, the player must have played the front or back 9 holes in accordance with the principle of the Rules of FootGolf. To post an 18hole score, the player must have played all 18 holes accordingly.

Scores on All Courses
Gross scores from all courses with a FFANS Course Valuation™ and Level Valuation™ made during an active season, must be posted by the player along with the appropriate FFANS Course Valuation™ and Level Valuation™.

Scores in Stroke Play Form of Competition
Only scores on stroke play form of competition must be posted for handicap purposes.

Tournament Disqualification
A player who is disqualified from a competition, but has an acceptable score, must record a gross score for handicap purposes as a Regular Round. For example, a player who is disqualified from a competition for failure to sign a scorecard has an acceptable score for handicap purposes, but it will not qualify as a tournament scorecard.

Unacceptable Scores
Scores made under the following conditions are not acceptable for handicap purposes and must not be entered in the player's scoring record:
 (1) When fewer than nine holes are played;
 (2) When made on a footgolf course in an area in which an inactive season established by the authorized golf association is in effect;
 (3) When the length of the course is less than 1,764 yards for 18 holes (or less than 882 yards for 9 holes);
 (4) When scores are made on a course with no FFANS Course Valuation™ or Level Valuation™;
 (5) When a player uses nonconforming balls;

Posting Regular Scores
Posting scores in person immediately following the round at the course where the round is played is the preferred way to expose scores to peer review. This method of posting must be used whenever possible. If needed, the place for entering scores should be convenient to make it as easy as possible for players to record every round played.
For handicap purposes, the following steps are required to post a score:
 (1) Login to FFANS Score Center™;
 (2) Click on Post Score on the main menu;
 (3) Select Round Date;;
 (4) Select the FootGolf Club;
 (5) Select the Course;
 (6) Select the Tee;
 (7) Enter the score on each hole;
 (8) Review and press Post Score.

Posting Tournament Scores
A tournament score is a score made in a competition organized and conducted by the Committee in charge of the competition (e.g. a FootGolf Club or a FootGolf League). The competition must identify a winner(s) based on a stipulated round(s), and must be played under the principles of the Rules of FootGolf.
In a competition, the Committee in charge of the competition must post the scores of all competitors. Only one tournament scorecard per day is allowed.

Posting Special Scores
A special score is the same as a tournament score but organized and conducted by a national or international FootGolf association certified by the FIFG.
MY ACCOUNT
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I forgot my password.
Not a problem! You can reset your password on this page.

How do I change my password?
Your password can be changed following the next steps:
 1. On the top menu, click on Your Name.
 2. Then click on Profile.
 3. On the Account Overview page, click on User Account.
 4. Click on Edit right next to the title "Password".
 5. Fill the form in order to change the password and then click on Save.

How do I change my profile information?
Your Name, Last Name, Address, etc., can be changed following these steps:
 1. On the top menu, click on Your Name.
 2. Then click on Profile.
 4. Click on Edit right next to the title "Profile".
 4. Fill out the form in order to change the password and then click on Save.

Do I need a FFANS Index™ account to have access to the FFANS Score Center™?
Yes, in order to have access to FFANS Score Center™ you need to get your FFANS Index™ through a Certified FootGolf Course or a Certified FootGolf Association. Go to JOIN THE SPORT to have more information about where you can get your FFANS Index™.

Do you have a phone number I can call?
No—but please don’t misunderstand this as any lack of interest! We’d love to answer your questions and we limit our support to online communication for a few reasons.
It allows us to keep our overall pricing down while maintaining a featurerich application and continuing to provide great support. We want FFANS™ to be accessible and affordable for all of our customers. Structuring things around these online channels makes it possible for us to scale our support using this philosophy.
We’ve found that this support method translates better for an online application. Our team is able to gather system details and other information so that they can troubleshoot effectively, and link to educational resources that help you get the most out of FFANS™.
It’s important for us to maintain an environment of constant innovation. Our support team works on the same campus with the rest of our company, which makes it possible for our teams to collaborate and spur the innovation that we value so highly.
Last review date: June 2015