A team is 4 players, but they do not need to be from the same club. You should choose a name.
For every 5 grading points the team's average grade drops below 145 then they will receive a half point bonus to the score the players achieve. For every 5 grading points above 145 (starting at 145) then the team will have a half point penalty. Martin Simons comments “this has in the past made the team event very exciting as the handicap system is a great leveller!”
A few examples:
o If the team's average grade is 145.5 then this is rounded up to 146 which means it is over 145, and the team will receive a have a half point penalty from its combined score.
o If the team's average grade is 109.25, then this is rounded down to 109 which means it is 36 points below 145 so it will receive a 3½ point bonus to its combined score!
What this could mean is that a team with an average grade of 102 which scores 8 points (from its 24 games) will receive a bonus of 4 points = 12 points and will come ahead of a team with an average grade of 165 which scores 14 points (from its 24 games) as it will receive a penalty of -2½ points = 11½ points!
The table below should hopefully make things clearer: