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True Team Scoring

Is not a relatively new concept. I first read about this type of scoring in an article written by Scott Christiansen from Stillwater, Minnesota in 1992. I called Scott to get more information and later that summer we where both members of the USAT&F Level II school at BYU. I soon fell in love with this concept of scoring, as did my athletes. I am proud that many invitations in my area, especially in Cedar Rapids, have followed my lead and are now also using this format of scoring.

Here is how it works:

  • All individual competitors and relay teams are scored.
  • Scores are based on the best Time / Distance and Place to the poorest.
  • Each team enters two to four competitors per individual event as determined by national, state, or meet participation rules.
  • Each individual scores teams points based upon the total number of individuals allowed to enter each event, no matter how many individuals actually participate in the event.
  • Each team enters one relay team, more if allowed by meet management.
  • Each relay team scores team points based upon the total number of relay teams allowed to enter each event multiplied by three (3), no matter how many relay teams actually participate in the event.
  • Points are not awarded to places without entries. For example with 16 possible entries but only 12 competitors, the points are earned based upon 16 entries. The last four places are not scored.

Here is an example of How it works:
(based on an eight team invitational)

Team Points Earned   Team Points Earned
(two entries per team)   (one entry per team)
100 Meter Dash   4x100 Meter Relay


Place Points
1st 16 Team A   9th 8     1st 24 Team A
2nd 15 Team B
  10th 7     2nd 21  
3rd 14     11th 6     3rd 18 Team B
4th 13 Team C
  12th 5     4th 15  
5th 12 Team C
  13th 4 Team A
  5th 12  
6th 11 Team B
  14th 3     6th 9 Team C
7th 10     15th 2     7th 6  
8th 9     16th 1     8th 2  


True Team Scoring for the above events:

  100 Meter Dash
Team B 16 + 3 = 19 + 24 = 43 Total Team Points Earned
Team B 15 + 11 = 18
+ 18 = 44 Total Team Points Earned
Team C 13 + 12 = 25 + 9 = 34 Total Team Points Earned

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