Combined Events Scoring
A number of options are available for scoring Combined Events competitions as determined by the nature of the event, age group and the Competition Provider. The following guidance explains those options and provides links to help determine the most appropriate method for each competition.
Scoring of Combined Events competitions under UKA Rules, as specified by Technical Rule 39.11 and the note thereto, may be carried out either by using scoring tables downloadable via the World Athletics (WA) website at https://www.worldathletics.org/about-iaaf/documents/technical-information/ or by using the common formulae:
• Track Events: Points = a x (b – T)c where T is Time in seconds
• Field events: Points = a x (M – b)c where M is Measurement in centimetres (jumps) or metres (throws)
which are also published in the same document by WA along with the required values for a and b. Use of those formulae will give the same result as scores shown in the tables.
For competitions involving age groups younger than WA age groups (see Technical Rule 39 S1 UKA supplement) the WA formulae / values can be applied, except that:
• for male hurdles events at U17, U15 and U13 age groups and the boys’ 800m, it is necessary to use different values for a and b within the WA published formula.
• For female hurdles events at those age groups, it is necessary to use a different formula.
Details of those values / formulae are set out in a document which can be downloaded HERE and gives more detailed explanations for those who require them. For those who wish to use tables consistent with those formulae, reference can be made to the tables published by the English Schools Athletics Association in the Combined Events section of their website at http://www.esaa.net/.
For Masters’ Combined Events reference should be made to https://world-masters-athletics.com/documents/competition-rules/ where documents which deal with the Scoring of WMA Combined Events Competitions and explain the use of Age Factors may be downloaded.
Cheshire AA have provided on their website (http://cheshireaa.com/statistics/CEscoring.htm) scoring calculators which are based on the abovementioned formulae.
Attention is drawn, for all competitions held under UKA Rules after 1st April 2020, to the UKA Supplement at UKA Technical Rule 39 S1 (7) which states:
“Where races are hand timed at any Combined Event competition, regardless of age group, the World Athletics practice of adjusting times by 0.24 secs and 0.14 secs should not be applied.”
This means that the separate tables for manual timing published by WA as above should no longer be used for competitions held under UKA Rules. Scoring should be done using the times provided by timekeepers in accordance with Technical Rule 19.10 (e.g. 10.11 rounded to 10.2) and then (i.e. using a value of 10.20 in the example given here) by:
• either using the formulae without application of the 0.24 secs and 0.14 secs adjustments, or
• reading from the “automatic timing” Tables
Technical Rule 39.9 (only one system of timing may be applied throughout each individual event) shall still be applied. Competitions (whether held in the UK or overseas) under World Athletics Rules are not affected by this UKA supplement.