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

    • #5
      Watching the European Team championships - I do wonder what results my scoring idea of a 'teamathon' might produce ... if I get really bored I might work it out post event...

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      • #6
        OK - with nothing better to do this Bank Holiday weekend hahaha ...

        As a reminder it is a 10-event format drawn from both men's Dec and women's Hep (so we can use the well established scoring charts) . However after Day 1 of the Eueopean Team Champs, and to get 5 events, i had to use mostly Men's Dec events - so its skewed slightly - with SP, 100m, 1500 and LJ, with just one women's event, 800 (After Day 2, it will have additonal events of men's PV, and Women's HJ, 200, JV and 100h)

        The teamathon scores are: Italy lead, with 5246, Pol 5154, GBR 5120, ESP 5070, FRA 5066, POR 4886, Germany are last with 4097 (as they had a DQ in w800)

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        • #7
          I calculated Day 2 scores for my 'teamathon' and would you adam and eve it!

          Poland and Italy finish on level scores 10551. in the time honoured fashion, to find a winner, I would need to count the team with the most 'firsts' - which I havent got around to...

          GBR 10397
          Fra 10175
          Esp 10140
          Por 9809
          Ger 9651 finished last despite Vettel trying his very best to make up for the DQ single handedly ...

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          • #8
            I know most of you are shocked (into silence) that I didnt show my working out for the scores ...

            I propose using the multi-event formats for the individual events, where applicable - for example, three attempts for women's javeilin and to fit the ten events into the two hours of broadcasting and showcase each I suggest the following schedule ... start with w100h, once finished mPV concurrently with wHJ, when they are both finished m100, followed by w200, once run, mSP concurrently with wJV, once both completed, then mLJ, with scores updated continullay the final two events will still have scope to make up differences in team scores, w800 and final event m1500

            Not set in stone, open to consultation, and happy to welcome other ideas ...

            Also, there is a prize money element.

            A PB wins the competitor £250, Home Nations record (including age groups) £500, British record £1000, European/CW £1500, World Record, a rather surprised look and a handshake!

            I am sure other forum users could add some ideas, I just needed to get this out of my head, like an itch.






            carterhatch
            Senior Member
            Last edited by carterhatch; 05-07-21, 13:33.

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