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    Athletics teamathon - A proposal for a TV friendly team athletics event

    Format
    A team event, including both men and women, based on disciplines found in their respective multi events

    The competition would have ten disciplines in total - 5 events for men and women.

    The well established scoring tables for multi events would determine the points an individual gained from their performance. These would be aggregated to give a team score with the highest total score announced as the winners.

    I believe it is an improvement on a simple points system, as every second and centimetre improvement in an individual’s performance, coming last no longer gets just 1 point, no matter how high you jumped, or how fast you run, put a little extra effort could make a difference to the team’s total score.

    Extra jeopardy –There would be 4 core events for both men and women, and an hour before the competition began, a draw is made to determine the 9th and 10th event. However, a team selection is made prior to this draw and so would have to take into account the various permutations and perhaps select a recognised multi eventer, rather than a specialist, to cover the the possibility of the 9th event being for example WLJ, and 10th event, as an example,M400.

    Example – the core events might be (From Hep) Hurdles, HJ, 200, JV (From Dec) SP, Discus, PV 1500, (notice I try to have as wide a range of ‘track and field’ disciplines, and try to avoid duplication.)


    A good old ’Its-a-knockout’-style joker card is available, one for each team, that boosts the recipient’s score by 10% - to add an extra dimension of interest.

    It would be a 2 hour timetable

    Financial prizes from sponsorship.

    Discuss



  • #2
    Bimey - 103 views but not one comment - maybe because I didn't state the event would have 8 teams...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by carterhatch View Post
      Bimey - 103 views but not one comment - maybe because I didn't state the event would have 8 teams...
      Wasn’t this - or something like it - tried a few years back in Australia as one of Seb Coe’s “let’s make athletics better by destroying events that have existed for 150 years” initiatives?

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      • carterhatch
        carterhatch commented
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        I would not be tinkering with the actua individuall events - which all remain true to the conventional formats - I am just proposing a way to score a team competition using the well established multi-event tables .... but thank you for being the first to reply!

    • #4
      Sounds like something that might be quite good fun to take part in, but I can’t see it pulling in big TV audiences on its own.

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      • carterhatch
        carterhatch commented
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        Well, thanks for the feedback, Ursus. always very keen to know your views on all matters Athletics ...
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