Lewis Class

The Lewis class system is an open option that is desired by many shooters at an event because it can provide money prizes to shooters who may not be the High Gun but are the leading shooters in a class. At it’s very basic, the Lewis system is a lottery where the High Gun is awarded a prize, the other prize winners are the result of luck-of-the-draw.

Lewis class events can have a fixed number of classes or be flexible for 1 class for every-n-shooters.

To understand the Lewis System we need to look at an example of how it is awarded.

Example:

We have a shoot that offers “Lewis Class – 5 classes – 60/40% – Ties Divide ….. $10”

We have 33 shooters enter the Lewis Class Option for a total purse of $330.

5 classes divide $330 for $66 for each class.

60% = $39.60 high class score | 40% = 26.40 next high score

Procedure to find classes:

  • List scores in order from highest to lowest.
  • Determine classes by dividing number of shooters by number of classes to get the count of shooters per class. (if 40 shooters / 5 classes = 8 shooters per class)
  • Ties and odd number of shooters require us to follow the following rules in order.

Rules:

  1. If an odd number of shooters requires the creation of one or more short classes, (classes need to be as close to even as possible) the short classes lead the list. (example: classes of 4,4,5,5,5 shooters)
  2. Whenever the division line falls among tie scores the shooters are assigned to the class containing the majority of scores.
  3. When a equal number of tied shooters are split between classes, the scores head the lower class.
  4. No mater what changes are made by rules 1 – 3 the remainder of the original divisions remain. (no re-division due to movement of shooter into or out of a class due to ties.)
Scores Notes
——- Class 1

100 •

99 †

98

98

96

Step 1: Divide shooters into classes regardless of ties. 33 shooters are split into groups of 6,6,7,7,7.  (as we are over 30 and under 35 shooter we need groups of 7. since we are 2 away from 35 we create 2 groups of 6 to lead our classes to account for the shortage in shooters per rule # 1 )

Step 2: moving class by class we award winners and runner-ups.

Class 1 Winner = 100 ($39.60)

Class 1 Runner Up = 99 ($26.40)

——- Division Line 1 (Class 2)

95 •

95 •

94 †

94 †

93

93

Class 2 Winner = The 95 divide the class high score prize (60% ÷ 2 = $19.80 each)

Class 2 Runner-up = The 94 divide the runner up prize (40% ÷ 2 – $13.20 each)

——- Division Line 2 (Class 3)

93

92 •

92 •

92 •

91 †

91 †

90 •

Class 3 Winner = 92 divide (the 93 leading the original division was called up to class 2 as there were 2 more ties in class 2 per rule 2. 60% ÷ 3 = $13.20 each)

Class 3 Runner up – 91 divide (40% ÷ 2 = $13.20 each)

——- Division Line 3 (Class 4)

90 •

90 •

90 •

89 †

89 †

88

86

85 •

Class 4 Winner = 90’s (3 scores of 90 lead this class as the the 90 in class 3 is move to head class 4 per rule 2. 60% ÷ 3 = $13.20 each)

Class 4 Runner-up = 89’s

——- Division Line 4 (Class 5)

85 •

84 †

80

79

75

74

70

Class 5 Winner = 85’s (per Rule 3 the 85’s lead this class as there was a equal number of 85’s split by the original division line. )

Class 5 Runner-up 84

 

Modified Lewis

The modified Lewis works similar to the basic Lewis class system except for the the top scores are guaranteed a prize, and all scores below (3rd highest and below) are classed via the Lewis class rules.

A program may list:

Modified Lewis class will be divided as follows: 35% of the total purse to be paid to the top 2 scores, 60/40. 65% of the total purse to be divided into 3 – 5 Lewis Classes with one money prize to each class. the third score will lead each class. 

The one constant in modified Lewis Class is the top 2 scores are guaranteed a payout, the classes can be paid by any means with the remanding purse money as long as the payout method has been posted for shooter prior to entry.