What Awards Do We Offer?
At the end of the Track and Field season, Inglewood awards its most outstanding athletes trophies and medals at the AGM and Trophy Function. There are many awards offered, including, but not limited to, athletes who accumulated the most points throughout the season in each age category, those who achieved the highest number of PBs, those who accumulated the most points from particular event categories, athletes who were the most coachable and athletes who demonstrated the best sportsmanship.
How Do We Determine The Award Recipients?
Obviously the latter awards are subjective and decided upon by collective decision-makers, however those awards that rely on tangible results are based on a points system. The system Inglewood LAC employs is modelled on a tried and tested system developed by another, larger Centre and is similar to that used at State and National multi-event competitions such as Pentathlon/ Heptathlon/ Decathlon. It rewards athletes based on weighted points gained throughout the season, but DOES NOT include Centre Championship events. Certain events are weighted slightly higher, like throw and distance events because there are fewer of them in the programme. If the system was based only on placings across all events, short track specialists would almost always be at the top of the points leaderboard because there are more events in our programme that favour sprinters than, for example, middle distance runners or throwers. This is why weighting is necessary.
How Are The Points Calculated?
The points are generated by in-built formulae based on how close an athlete is to the age group centre record in that event. Consider the following example of two fictional athletes, Amy and Emily:
|Amy||100m||16.00 s||14.90 s||72|
|Emily||100m||16.02 s||14.90 s||71|
|Amy||70m||11.35 s||10.05 s||78|
|Emily||70m||11.36 s||10.05 s||77|
|Amy||Long Jump||2.50 m||4.30 m||63|
|Emily||Long Jump||3.50 m||4.30 m||82|
From the example, Amy won 2 events and Emily won 1, however Emily (230 pt) scored more points overall than Amy (213 pt) because there was very little between them in the track events, but significant difference in the long jump. In summary, the system awards points based on performance against a standard rather than against each other, which Inglewood believes is the fairest and most accurate means of determining the highest-performing athletes across all disciplines.
To further demonstrate our system's fairness, let's consider this REAL example from the 2018 Australian Little Athletics Championships U15G heptathlon (which uses a similar points system).
From the three athletes in the table, Bronze medallist Tomysha beat the Gold and Silver medallists in 4 out of 7 events, Gold medallist Tahlee beat the others in 3 events and Silver medallist Anneka didn't win any event. However, as both Tahlee and Anneka had good results across the board, their points position was better than Tomysha's as the NSW athlete had significantly poorer throw event results than the WA girls. You can see the difference this made in the points allocated for each result. If the Heptathlon was based on points-for-placing, the result would have been NSW 1st, WA 2nd, WA 3rd. Lucky for us, our WA girls can throw.
In summary, this type of system is used at all levels of athletics, up to and including World Championships multiple-event competitions.
What Can Affect The Trophy Outcome At Inglewood?
If an athlete misses several competition days or consistently skips certain events, their points position will suffer. If an athlete always misses (for example) the Walk, then they receive Zero points for that event. The greater the participation across all events, the more points. Simple!
However, we acknowledge that this isn't the World Champs and that illness, family commitments or life in general, can mean not all meets are attended. We therefore discount the poorest one or two scoring days (depending on the length of the season) from each athlete's points tally so that athletes can have an 'off' week without penalty. However, if more than 2 weeks are missed, then the missed week is included and will add Nil points to that athlete's total point score.
For event category awards (e.g. Intermediate Girls Sprints, Junior Boys Throws etc) where more than one age group, and therefore event record, is used in the calculation, a slight bias exists when the record in one age group is more easily achievable than in another. However, the difference isn't generally enough to change the result, as most of our records are fairly equally crazy!
No system is perfect, but we haven't yet found one fairer than this one.