In the Race-to-Games format, players play to their individual race number against a single opponent. Players earn wins for every rack they win. The first player to win enough racks to equal their race number is the winner of the set. A player's race number is determined by their rating which is explained below.
Teams can have up to 8 players on their roster with 5 players playing in each match. Teams flip or lag to determine who puts up a player for the first set. Once a team has put up a player, the opposing team puts up a player from their roster against this player. Once the player pairing has been established, the two players choose to flip or lag to see who wins the opening break. The second set is started by having the opposing team put up a player and having the original team put one of their players up against that player. This rotation continues until all sets have been played.
Player ratings are calculated over a series of sets based on how players perform in those sets. Data like innings, safeties and how many racks a player wins in their set are tracked. This data is then formulated into a player rating indicating a player's ability. New players will be assigned a temporary rating for the first 3 sets played. Players will be assigned a rating of 45 when playing in the Leisure division and a rating of 50 when playing in the Advanced or Masters divisions. When a new player plays in a set, both players will race to the temporary race number regardless of the opponent's actual rating. Once the new player has played 3 sets, they will have enough scores in their history to have a calculated rating, which in turn translates into their race number. This calculated rating and race number will change over time, based on how the individual player performs in the sets they play.