About the CTFL

The Canadian Track and Field League's Mission, Goals and Structure

Mission and Goals

The CTFL's mission is to improve the track and field landscape within Canada for all athletes, coaches, clubs and fans. The league has two primary goals. The first is to bring more content to fans and help build the sport of track and field in Canada. Our second goal is to help athletes financially by providing them with a platform for them to use and build their own brand.

The creation of a track and field league will allow Canadians to follow the sport in a more convenient way than ever before using a team-based format. This format will help fans follow their favorite teams and athletes throughout their season and career. Within the league, every athlete's contribution is of equal importance to their team's success which will compel fans to keep up with all disciplines and genders.

League Structure

The CTFL will create a league composed of four teams. Each team will have three athletes per event and gender known as "Core Athletes". Therefore there will be 60 core athlete positions available. In addition, teams will be given 14 utility spots which they can use to acquire any athlete without the majority of the league’s restrictions. Thus, a full team will be composed of 74 athletes in total. 

The Utility spots are the only positions where there does not need to be an equal distribution of men and women nor events. Utility athletes can compete in any of track and fields events and not just the 10 CTFL events. Utility Athletes will compete for a separate cash prize pool compared to the core athletes. Utility athletes do not need to compete at any of the official CTFL event including the championship, but they must compete in a minimum of three provincially recognized meets in their selected discipline prior to August 5th. The purpose of the Utility Athlete is to include as many athletes as possible from across Canada.

Athletes will be asked to enter a pool of potential candidates from which they will be selected using an entry draft. It is important to note that the league will not be registered as a club, allowing athletes to train with their individual coaches and compete as they would normally (excluding the pre-designated prelim and championship meet).

Currently, athletes will have the opportunity to compete for their primary event of which there will be ten, including: 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, Shot Put and Long Jump. The remaining 2 will be announced at a later date. In the coming seasons, more events will be added and with it, the league will expand. 

The league will present five total meets, with four preliminary meets and a championship where spectators will have the opportunity to attend. All meetings will be recorded and put on YouTube for spectators.

2023 Season Schedule

The CTFL will have its prelims in Montreal, London, and Ottawa. The tentative dates and locations are as follows:

  • May 28th - Bob Vigars - in London Ontario, hosted by the London Western Track and Field Club
  • Date undecided - Undesignated Quebec Meet
  • Date undecided - Ottawa, Ontario hosted by the Ottawa Lions
  • Date undecided - Undesignated Ontario Meet
  • Date undecided - Undesignated Western Canada Meet
  • August 5th - CTFL Championship - in Ottawa

Points System

The CTFL is introducing a new point system for 2023 in order to have an equal distribution of points across disciplines and gender. Throughout the season, athletes will accumulate points based off their performance. For core athletes, each of their three counted meets will respectively get them between zero to 25 points compared to how they against their competitors. Every core athlete will have their "free mark" which can be achieved anywhere in the world, their prelim mark and if they qualify for the championship, their championship mark as well (refer to example below). All athletes will have three marks (or times) counted towards their cumulative individual points as well as their teams’ overall points. Core athletes will be required to compete at a minimum of 1 of the 4 preliminary meet and the championship if they are within the top 8 in points in order to be eligible to win the cash prizes at the end of the season. The "free mark" that will be counted for points can either be done at the designated official CTFL prelim meets or any other sanctioned meet as per their provincial athletics organization (these are considered free meets and can be found anywhere in the world as long as they are recognized as official meets). As for utility athletes, their best three meet results will be counted prior to the August 5th championship. As utility athletes compete against one another regardless of discipline or gender, their points will be based off of the IAAF scoring tables and then will be converted into the CTFL scoring system which will have the first overall athlete finishing with 75 points and the last place athlete (56th) finishing with 1 point. This is as opposed to the core athletes who receive points for every mark (meet) individually, utility athletes will receive points for their season's performance (See below).

To incentivize athletes to attend more than one of the four designated prelim meets, all CTFL designated meets will carry an additional bonus point. Meaning that for every additional meet a core athlete attends, they will add a single point to their season's total. This will be indicated using a "+" next to their prelim marks including the number of meets they attended above the required amount. Tie breakers will be decided based on the athletes best mark achieved at a CTFL meet.

Example of Core Athlete Points

Core athletes will score points by comparing their marks against their competitors in the same category (free mark, prelim mark and championship mark). The category points are as follows: 1st (25 points), 2nd (20 points), 3rd (16 points), 4th (13), 5th (10), 6th (8), 7th (6), 8th (5), 9th (4), 10th (3), 11th (2) and 12th (1 point).

Using an example with last years men's 400mH and a few fill in athletes, these would be the results:

Rank Athlete Name Team Free Mark Prelim Mark Champs Mark Total points
1.

Roxroy Cato

51.16 

(1st = 25)

51.51 

(1st = 25 + 1)

50.82

(25)

76
2.

Joshua Adhémar

52.25 

(3rd = 16)

52.51

(2nd = 20 +1)

52.90

(2nd =20)

57

3.

Saj Alhaddad

51.92

(2nd = 20)

53.03 

(3rd = 16)

52.91

(3rd = 16)

52

4.

Luca Nicoletti

53.94

(5th = 10)

55.56

(7th = 6)

54.19

(4th = 13)

29
5. Dylen Belanger 54.63 (6th = 8)

55.81

(7th = 6)

54.87

(5th = 10)

24
6. Kevin Adeli

54.99

(7th = 6)

55.49

(5th = 10)

55.22

(6th = 8)

24
7. Leewinchel Jean

54.75

(6th = 8)

55.05

(4th = 13)

Injured (replaced with Mike P)

21
8. Steven T

55.20

(8th = 5)

55.94

(8th = 5)

58.32

(8th = 5)

15
9. Mike P

55.54

(9th = 4)

 55.97

(9th = 4)

57.42

(7th = 6)

14
10. Phil Y

55.89

(10th = 3)

57.30

(11th = 2)

Did not qualify

N/A

5
11. Joe X

57.56

(12th = 1)

58.05

(12 = 1)

Did not qualify

N/A

2
12. Marcus Nandlal

55.90

(11th = 2)

 Injured

N/A 

Did not qualify

N/A

 2

 

The example above would then be entered into the CTFL's team standings page. In this example, you can see the added points for an additional meet attended by Roxroy Cato and Joshua Adhémar. In addition, the tie break system was used for the tie between 11th and 12th. As Marcus Nandlal was injured and did not compete at a CTFL meet, the tie breaker would go to Joe X as they would have the fastest CTFL meet time.

This bonus system is to make sure that athletes who participate at more CTFL prelim events than required will benefit as this will help grow the league. At the end of the season, athletes that finish within the top 3 in their event will have earned a cash prize. There will also be a $1,000 dollar prize for the winning team distributed between all athletes equally. 

Start of the men's 200m CTFL championship race 2022

Example of Utility Athlete Points

The utility athlete positions are season based but will fluctuate throughout the CTFL season. Each athlete will receive three marks that are free and can be achieved anywhere in the world if they are sanctioned. If a utility athlete decides to compete at a CTFL prelim meet, they will receive an additional point towards their score for every CTFL meet they compete at. A tie breaker if necessary, will be implemented with the athlete with the highest mark based on the IAAF scoring table winning the tie breaker. 

Scoring itself will begin at 75 points for the top athlete who scores the most IAAF points using their 3 marks. The points will drop incrementally until the 56th athlete who will receive a single point for the season. The increments are as follows:

Incremental Drops Per Rank Position (Points)
1st (75 points)
5 point drop per rank 2nd (70 points)
4 point drop per rank 3rd (66 points)
3 point drop per rank 4th (63 points), 5th (60 points)
2 point drop per rank 6th (58 points) - 13th (44 points)
1 point drop per rank 14th (43 points) - 56th (1 point) 

 

Below is an example of how the rankings will be completed and how the associated points will be tallied for utility athletes:

Rank Athlete Name Team Mark 1 Mark 2 Mark 3 IAAF Points Total points
1.

Sarah Mitton

20.33m

(1228)

19.99m

(1207)

19.90m

(1201)

3636

76

(75 + 1)

2.

Itsekiri Usheoritse

10.04

(1218)

10.09

(1175)

10.10

(1172)

3565

71

(70 + 1)

3.

Marco Arop

1:43.61

(1216)

1:44.39

(1192)

1:45.51

(1153)

3561 66

4.

Crystal Emmanuel

11.38

(1148)

11.45

(1103)

11.47

(1099)

3350

64

(63 + 1)

5. Noelle Montcalm

56.54

(1125)

56.67

(1121)

57.86

(1085)

3331

61

(60 + 1)