Team competitions can be scored using points tables, in addition, to place standings as covered in the Set up a team competition guide. Please read that user guide first, as it provides an overview of how to set up and manage teams and team competition within the Roster platform.
This guide will show you the simple steps needed to set up a team competition based on points scoring tables. The guide will also provide an overview of how the points scoring tables operate so that you may have a better understanding of the underlying points calculations.
This guide is divided into a few sections below:
- Set up a team competition using points scoring tables
- Knowledge base on points scoring tables and age grading factors
Set up a team competition using points scoring tables
- Select the appropriate age groups and implements table type when first creating the meet/meeting. The appropriate type of points scoring and age grading tables are set by this selection (World Athletics or specific country/organization).
Note that this must be properly chosen when creating the meet/meeting for the first time and cannot be changed once created. The implement tables and all points scoring tables for this meet/meeting are set through this selection.
This selection is located at MEETS/MEETINGS → Create → Details → Country-specific options → Age group and implements. Choose the appropriate age group and implements setting.
The list of choices includes specific countries such as Poland, Denmark, United Kingdom, and more. In the example here, we choose the World Athletics format for implements and all points scoring tables.
For more details on creating a meet/meeting, see the Set up a meeting user guide.
- Create a team competition and assign teams as described in the Set up a team competition user guide.
- Select the Scoring tables - best scoring athlete from each team or Scoring tables - X athletes counting from each team or Scoring tables - X athletes counting from each team, best Y results or Scoring tables - all athletes counting from each team option under Team scoring when creating or editing the team competition.
Now you are all set to run your team competition using the appropriate points scoring tables.
Knowledge base on points scoring tables and age grading factors
Many countries and organizations use different point scoring tables and age grading factors. The user does not need to select any of these manually. The appropriate tables and factors are automatically assigned when the user selects the country or organization for the implements table when creating the meet/meeting.
Please note that age grading factors are applicable only to team competitions using the points scoring tables method and do not apply to any other scoring method.
Points scoring tables
Points scoring table details are provided as reference information and can be viewed by clicking on OVERVIEW → Point scoring tables.
Please note: due to the size of the tables, it may take up to 20+ seconds to load.
You will find different options for viewing the specifics of the tables, which are broken down by events and across columns, the mapping of results levels to each event, and the actual assigned team points in the left-hand numerical column.
Options for viewing the point scoring tables include:
- Type of table: by country or organization
- Team competition points scoring tables or Combined events points scoring tables
- Indoor or Outdoor season
- Men or Women
Age grading factors
For meets/meetings that use multiple age groups, age grading factors will be automatically assigned and applied to the points scoring tables where appropriate. Age grading factor details are provided as reference information and can be viewed by clicking OVERVIEW → Age grading factors.
You will find different options for viewing the specifics of the age grading factors, which are broken down by events across columns, appropriate age groups in the far left-hand column, and the applied factor mapping for each age group for that event.
Options for viewing the age grading factor tables include:
- Type of table: by country or organization
- Men or Women
Operation of age grading factors and points scoring tables
When multiple age-groups are used, the age grading factors are first applied to the results. After applying the age factors, the new “relative” times are then used to look up the appropriate points to use in the team competition. These steps are performed automatically within the Roster platform, and the user does not need to manually select or compute the results or points. The following is a simple example to illustrate how the age grading factors and points scoring tables work.
The example Roster Athletics Invitational meet/meeting uses the World Athletics Age Group and Implements format.
The team competition has four teams competing:
The Scoring tables - best athlete from each team is counting method is used to keep score for this team competition.
In our Women’s 200m example, on the Start lists, athletes are assigned to teams in the team competition, which thus makes the corresponding results for these athletes applicable to the team competition.
The 200m event is a multiple age-group event with athletes from four different age groups participating together. Note the ages and age group are relative to the day of this meet/meeting - Apr 2, 2023.
- Diane Springwell, Senior age group (27 yrs old), Roster Runners team,
- Catrina Andersson, M35 age group (39 yrs old), Roster Team team,
- Beatrice Garcia, M40 age group (43 yrs old), Roster East team,
- Alison Smythe, M50 age group (54 yrs old), Roster West team.
The event occurs with the following Results below. Note that each age group breakdown is selectable from the left-hand side events list.
Next, going to the team competition Team results, the team standings and accumulated points are shown below:
The results from this meet/meeting:
- Diane Springwell, Senior, Roster Runners - 24.45s
- Catrina Andersson, M35, Roster Team - 25.12s
- Beatrice Garcia, M40, Roster East - 25.98s
- Alison Smythe, M50, Roster West - 28.11s
The age grading table for Women’s 200m (World Athletics):
The relevant points scoring tables (World Athletics) for this example:
The points are calculated as follows:
- Diane Springwell: Senior age group
- Age group factor for Senior: 1
- 24.45s * 1 = 24.45s
- Points for 24.45s: 993
- Roster Runners: 993 points
- Catrina Andersson: M35
- Age group factor for M35: 0.9702
- 25.12s * 0.9702 = 24.371
- Points for 24.38s (round up): 1000
- Roster Team: 1000 points
- Beatrice Garcia: M40
- Age group factor for M40: 0.9342
- 25.98s * 0.9342 = 24.271
- Points for 24.28s (round up): 1009
- Roster East: 1009 points
- Alison Smythe: M50
- Age group factor for M50: 0.8622
- 28.11s * 0.8622 = 24.236
- Points for 24.24s (round up): 1013
- Roster West: 1013 points
Thus, we can see that in this case, even though Alison Smythe had the slowest finishing time in her race, her team points contribution was actually the highest due to the fact that she had the best race relative to her age factor. Similarly, the other athletes contribute points based on their relative age grading results and not their place results.