Points System

Points System

The CTFL is introducing a new point system for 2023 in order to have an equal distribution of points across disciplines and sex. Throughout the season, athletes will accumulate points based off of three performances. However, core athletes and utility athletes will gather points differently. In basic terms, core athletes will accumulate points for every individual mark, whereas utility athletes will accumulate points based on their season total IAAF points which will be converted into their CTFL points at various points throughout the season.

Core Athletes

For core athletes, each of their three counted meets will respectively get them between zero to 25 points compared to how they finish against their competitors marks. Each athlete will have the ability to have a minimum of two marks counted for their season (a "free mark" and a prelim mark) in addition to a third mark for the CTFL championship for those who qualify.

All athletes will have the ability (not a guarantee) to have three marks (or times) counted towards their cumulative individual points as well as their teams overall points: a "free mark", their prelim mark and if they qualify for the championship, their championship mark (refer to example below). Core athletes will be required to compete at a minimum of one of the four preliminary meets in addition to the championship if they qualify. An athlete qualifies for the championship if they finish within the top 8 of their respective event when considering how they performed in the free mark and prelim marks. In order to be eligible to win the individual cash prizes at the end of the season an athlete must have qualified for the championship.

What are the Marks?

  • Free Mark: Each athlete will receive a "free mark" which can be counted for points and can be completed at any sanctioned meet as per their provincial athletics organization (these are considered free meets and can be achieved anywhere in the world as long as they are recognized as official meets). Throughout the season, athletes will receive between 1 to 25 point(s) based on where they rank against their competitors in the "free mark" category.
  • Prelim Mark: Core athletes will also be required to compete at a minimum of one CTFL prelim meet of which there will a minimum of 4 throughout Canada (locations & dates to be announced at a later date). Athletes will receive between 1 to 25 point(s) based on where they rank against their competitors in the CTFL prelim category.
  • Championship Mark: Unlike the "free mark" and the prelim mark, not every athlete will receive a third championship mark. Based on the accumulated number of points gathered from the previous two marks during the CTFL season, athletes will be able to qualify for the CTFL championships only if they fall within the top 8 of their events or are asked to replace an athlete who would have otherwise qualified in the top 8. Points will be distributed to the athletes that compete at the CTFL championships based on finishing position with 1st receiving 25 points and 8th receiving 5 points for their championship mark.

Start of the men's 1500m CTFL championship 2022

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 are the three categories). The category points are as follows: 1st (25 points), 2nd (20 points), 3rd (16 points), 4th (13 points), 5th (10 points), 6th (8 points), 7th (6 points), 8th (5 points), 9th (4 points), 10th (3 points), 11th (2 points) 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.

Bonus Points and Tie Breakers

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.

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. 

 

Utility Athletes

Utility athletes will have their best three meet results counted prior to the August 5th championship. As utility athletes compete against one another regardless of discipline or sex, 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 example 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 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)