I wrote a few days ago about the rules that allow for players 60 & over to automatically appeal down if they get bumped up, but had been at the lower level for three consecutive years. This can lead to situations like I cited where a player that is clearly above level, gets to play at a lower level. They are in essence the perfect ringer.
Well, I found another one that was able to appeal down even farther. The prior one I wrote about was able to appeal from a 4.4 Estimated Dynamic NTRP Rating down to be a 4.0, a 0.4 drop. The one I found this evening was able to to appeal down a whopping 0.51, from 4.51 to be a 4.0.
Here is the chart so you can see the full effect.
This player had a great year going 33-5 and 8-1 in the playoffs, the one loss being a match tie-break. They can clearly play at the 4.5 level and even arguably at 5.0, but due to the Senior appeal rule, get to be a 4.0 for 2015.
Now, to be fair, this player is only 7-4 in 2015, so perhaps age really does catch up with you and this rule is appropriate most of the time. Getting to appeal down 0.51 is still a huge amount though.