There are four factors that need to be
kept in mind when considering how the ranking system works.
First, this ranking system only
considers duathlons & triathlons that are conducted within our
region(Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas expect for the
Mountain Time Zone of Texas) and those that are USA Triathlon
Secondly, any national championship
events held within the region, while counted very heavily in thenational ranking system, are treated with
the same weight as any non-regional event. This is because the USAT/SMW ranking system is a regional rankings system, which is
trying to highlight regional performances.
Thirdly, the regional ranking system
depicts an athlete’s performance as he/she competes against the
overall male/female winners of each race. Specifically, how you
finish in your age group may help you gain hardware, but if the
age group was comparatively weak, your relative performance may
actually hinder your overall rankings. Bottom line: to do well
in the annual rankings, you must strive to come as close as
possible to the overall winning time in each race. As you will
see below, this is what has the greatest bearing on your final
Finally, at the beginning of each new
season, the top 20 male & 10 female duathletes
and the top 40 male & 20 female triathletes are
selected. These selections come straight from the previous
year’s final rankings and are used to factor the strength of the
race. All races start with a minimum weight of 90 points, but
can be worth as much as 100 points for non-championship events.
State championships are worth 100 points and regional
championship events are worth 105 points (the sprint distance is
worth 102). The difference in the weight of the race depends on
how many elite athletes finish the race. For an event to receive
its maximum weight, 10 elite duathletes (for duathlons) or 20 elite
triathletes (for triathlons) must complete the event. This rule
does not apply to state or regional championship events, which
maintain their max score no matter how many elites, are present.
Example of how this works:
XYZ Duathlon - 4 elites finish the race,
so the race would be worth 94 points.
XYZ State Championship Duathlon – Since this is a state
championship event it will be worth 100 points.
XYZ Triathlon – 12 elites finish the
race, so the race would be worth 96 points. (gaining ½ point per
elite x 12 = 6 points)
XYZ Regional Championship Triathlon –
Since this a regional championship event it will be worth 105
Some athletes may not like this method
of scoring, but it is an essential aspect to keep athletes from
“cherry picking,” that is competing in weak races to avoid head
to head competition.
Example of how the formula works in
determining your ranking score for a race:
The men’s times are compared to the
men’s winning time & the women’s times are compared to the
women’s winning time. Change the finishing time to hours &
fractions of an hour.
Winner’s time 1:57:10 = 1.9527 (1+
(57/60) + (10/3600))
Athlete’s time 2:18:30 = 2.308 (2+ (18/60) + (30/3600))
Divide the winner’s time by the athlete’s time. 1.9527/2.308 =
Multiply that time by the point value of the race. Let’s say the
race was worth 93 points. 93 x .846 = 78.7 points for that
There are several factors that also go
into determining who is eligible for the rankings:
In order to be ranked, each athlete
must be a member in good standing of USA Triathlon and the
regional federation (annual member &
resident in the USAT/SMW region). Buying a 1 day membership will
eliminate you from the rankings.
To be included in the final rankings an
athlete must complete a minimum of three duathlons or three triathlons held in this region.
A permanent requirement is that all
athletes who wish to be ranked must have a current USAT number, & must provide each race they
compete in with this number. Athletes will be ranked by their USAT number in order to eliminate
confusion from misspelled or duplicate names.
That’s the ranking system as it is
administered. The explanation is long, but should answer many of your questions. If you have problems or
corrections to your ranking, please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. The rankings season closes out every Oct. 31st.
The cutoff for corrections/additions is usually
30-60 days after this date.