Corporate Relays Rules

Divisions

Division 1:

Companies with 10,000 or more employees.

Club Division:

Comprised of official track club teams. A Club is defined as any group of athletes that have formed an organization with official bylaws, and which requires its members to pay annual (or other periodic) dues. Unless otherwise noted herein, the Club Division:

  • follows the same rules as Division 1,
  • will compete in events with Division 1 teams,
  • will be scored separately from all other divisions, and
  • are eligible for all Division 1 events except the President’s Relay and the Executive Relay.

Division 3:

Companies with fewer than 10,000 employees.

Individual Division 3 companies may compete in Division 1.

Division 3 companies may combine with up to four (4) other Division 3 companies to compete in Division 3 together as one team, provided the combined employee base does not exceed 10,000. Combined teams are permitted to compete only in Division 3; no team can combine to compete in Division 1. Combined companies must compete as a team and pay the appropriate team entry fee.

Corporate or Club teams are not allowed to enter any “B” teams in any event at the National meet.

The minimum number of athletes to qualify as a “team” is two (2).

Team Scoring:

Points awarded for each event are shown in the table below.

Relays, Field Events and Road Races:

Division  \  Place: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
All divisions 40 34 31 28 25 22 19 16 13 10 7 4 1

For Division 1, the seventeen (17) highest Event scores will be used to determine final team standings – along with the appropriate Individual Race scores.

For Club Division, the fifteen (15) highest Event scores will be used to determine final team standings – along with the appropriate Individual Race scores.

For Division 3, the twelve (12) highest Event scores will be used to determine final team standings– along with the appropriate Individual Race scores.

Individual Races:

Division  \  Place: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
All divisions 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

For Division 1 and Club Division, the eight (8) highest Individual Race scores – four (4) highest for Division 3 – will be used to determine final team standings along with the appropriate Relay, Field Event and Road Race scores.

If a team has multiple places of the same score, and one or more of those scores will be discarded from their final point total, the last score(s) of the same value will be the discarded score(s). Scores are sorted by the date and time of the corresponding event with the oldest event first.

If a team finishes an event in the preliminaries but gets disqualified, they will receive last place points for that event. If two or more teams are disqualified from the preliminaries, they will be tied for last place in that event. (Note: This assumes that they competed with a legal team. If not, the team receives zero points.)

If a team qualifies for the finals, but then is forced to scratch or is disqualified from that event’s finals, they will be automatically awarded last place points in the finals for that event. If more than two teams scratch or are disqualified from the finals, then their position is determined based on their time from the preliminaries (but they can place no better than one place behind the slowest team that finishes in the finals). No additional teams will be added to the finals if one or more team scratches.

If a team is disqualified from the preliminaries but is later re-instated, it will be added as an additional team to the finals based on its time from the preliminaries.

Teams must start an event with a legal team to receive the participation point.

Teams may sign up for additional events on race day but must sign up before the first heat of that event is run; such a team will be assigned to whichever heat is needed to achieve balanced heats; if heats are balanced the team will be put in heat one in the next available lane.

Ties and Tie Breakers:

Overall team score ties will be broken using the following sequence of tie-breakers:

  1. Head to head wins in common events, which both (all) teams included in their scoring. If more than two teams are tied, continue to use only the events in which each of the tied teams competed and included in their scoring events. In the case of multiple tied teams, score one point for beating the other tied teams, zero points for all other places. In the event that a team has multiple places of the same score, and one or more of those scores will be discarded from their final point total, the last score(s) of the same value will be the discarded score(s).
  2. If still tied, the winner is determined by the highest number of first place (overall) finishes, then second places finishes, etc. (using only the scored events) until the tie is broken.
  3. If unable to break the tie using these methods, the tie remains.

Track event ties:
If there is a tie in a Team Relay (most events), then the Fully Automatic Times (FAT) will be used (with totals to the hundredths, then thousandths if needed) to break the tie. If there is no FAT, then the official hand times will be added (truncated, no rounding, to the tenths) to break the tie. If a tie still exists, then the place remains a tie.

If there is a tie in a Team Race (Women’s 800m Team Race, Men’s Mile Team Race), for the team’s total time, then the FAT times will be used (with totals to the hundredths, then thousandths if needed) to break the tie. If there is no FAT, then the official times will be added (truncated, no rounding, to the tenths) to break the tie. If a tie still exists, then the winning team will be determined by the fastest individual runner in that event.

If there is a tie in an individual race, when timed to the hundredths, then the FAT to the thousandths will be used to break the tie. If there is no FAT, then the place remains a tie.

Each tied team or athlete will receive the points for the tied place. For example, if two teams tied for third place in a Division 1 event, they will each receive third place points. In such a case, the next place receives fifth place points.

Road race ties:
Road race ties will be broken in the following manner:

  1. Highest individual WMA score
  2. Next best individual WMA score
  3. And so on, up to the required team scoring size
  4. If a tie still exists, the best individual time in the race among the scoring team members, will break the tie.

Field event ties:
Field event team ties will be broken by using the highest individual point score for a single field event among the scoring team members.

Uniforms and Bib Numbers:

Each team should strive to have all participants wear matching jerseys/singlets and shorts with the company name prominently displayed on the front of the singlets.

The bib/race number, if used, must be attached to the front of the singlet, especially during road races, and must be entirely visible.

Each individual, for the Road Races, will be assigned a specific race number. Each runner must compete with his/her designated race number or be subject to disqualification.

Protests:

If and when a discrepancy is ever found in either individual performances, event races or overall team scores, due to data entry errors or incorrect information given by teams, the official scorer is required to make any such adjustments, updating or revising event and/or team standings in the meet as appropriate, within fourteen days after the results are considered final.

Team Captains have 30 minutes to file a protest after results have been posted. For road races, Team Captains have 30 minutes to file corrections with the head scorer after initial results are posted, with an additional 30 minutes to review revised results postings before the results become final.

Any protest involving USCAA rules will be handled by the Protest Committee. Team captains should submit their protests on an official Protest Form, and return this form to the Announcers’ table, after which the Protest Committee will be called to order. Protest Forms will not be considered if received more than 30 minutes after posting of the results is announced. When submitting a Protest Form, a $25 deposit (check made payable to the USCAA) must be submitted concurrently. If the protest is upheld, the $25 will be returned. If the protest is denied, the $25 will be forfeited to the USCAA. Protests regarding track infractions must have a USCAA Nationals event meet official as a witness in order to be reviewed by the Protest Committee.

Use of video stream may only be used to determine order of finish for road races and track events. Only meet officials’ video stream may be used, and only for the express purpose of determining finishing order.

Track Events – General:

  • All distances will be run in meters, with the exception of the Men’s Mile Team Race.
  • Athletes may compete in their assigned age group or a younger age group. An athlete may not compete in an older age group.
  • Sign-in forms must be submitted to the check-in area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the event.
  • Teams/Individuals must check in at the check-in table at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the event.
  • Each team must provide its own legal relay baton. A team must have a baton at all times during relay races or may be disqualified.
  • There will be no disqualifications due to false starts unless, in the judgment of the Meet Official, it becomes excessive.
  • Anyone exchanging out of the zone may be disqualified if judged by a Meet Official as gaining an advantage that affects the race results.
  • USATF rules will apply, except where otherwise noted here, and with the proviso that “No material advantage, no foul.”
  • Teams qualify for final events as teams; individual athletes may be substituted.
  • It is the discretion of the Meet Director to use a Box Start or Staggered Start in order to accommodate a single-section final.

Preliminaries:

In Division 1 and Club Division (combined), if thirteen or more teams are entered, twelve teams advance to the finals. In Division 3, eight teams advance to the finals. (See the table below for team advancement.)

Division: Number of Heats: From Each Heat: Plus Next…
3 2 Top 1 6 fastest
3 3 Top 1 5 fastest
1 2 Top 2 8 fastest
1 3 Top 2 6 fastest
1 4 Top 1 8 fastest
1 5 Top 1 7 fastest

In Division 1 and Club Division, for events that open with a 200-meter (220 yard) leg, a two-section final will be run. The six fastest qualifying teams from the preliminaries will run in the second section of the final and the six slowest teams will run in the first section. Final placing will be determined by times run in both sections of the final. However, if fewer than twelve teams qualify for the finals, the team distribution is as follows:

  • Eleven teams: six teams in the fast heat; five teams in the slower heat
  • Ten teams: six teams in the fast heat; four teams in the slower heat
  • Nine teams: five teams in the fast heat; four teams in the slower heat.

There should never be fewer than four teams in the slower heat.

Division 3:

Where prelims are held, teams wishing to advance to the finals must run the prelims. If fewer than 8 Div. 3 teams are entered 21 days prior to Nationals, no prelims will be held.

Lane Assignments, Prelims:

Heat and lane assignments for preliminary events will be based on random draw, as follows:

Prelims  –  two heats  –  staggered Prelims  –  three heats  –  staggered
Lane: Heat 1: Heat 2: Lane: Heat 1: Heat 2: Heat 3:
1 11 12 1 16 17 18
2 7 8 2 10 11 12
3 2 1 3 3 2 1
4 3 4 4 4 5 6
5 6 5 5 9 8 7
6 10 9 6 15 14 13
7 14 13 7 21 20 19
8 15 16 8 22 23 24
Prelims  –  four heats  –  staggered
Lane: Heat 1: Heat 2: Heat 3: Heat 4:
1 21 22 23 24
2 13 14 15 16
3 4 3 2 1
4 5 6 7 8
5 12 11 10 9
6 20 19 18 17
7 28 27 26 25
8 29 30 31 32
Prelims  –  two heats  –  waterfall Prelims  –  three heats  –  waterfall
Lane: Heat 1: Heat 2: Lane: Heat 1: Heat 2: Heat 3:
1 2 1 1 3 2 1
2 3 4 2 4 5 6
3 6 5 3 9 8 7
4 7 8 4 10 11 12
5 10 9 5 15 14 13
6 11 12 6 16 17 18
7 14 13 7 21 20 19
8 15 16 8 22 23 24

Lane Assignments, Finals

For the finals, lane assignments will be based on the time run in the preliminaries.

  • Standard lane assignments are: 4 – 5 – 3 – 6 – 2 – 7 – 1 – 8
  • Waterfall lane assignments are: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8
  • Box start lane assignments are: 4/5 – 3/6 – 2/7 – 1/8 – etc. (4/5 – 3/6 …)

If Preliminaries are not run, Finals lane assignments will be selected by random. If a need arises for a second heat in the same age group due to a large team turnout, heats will be selected by random. Every effort will be made to keep all runners in a division in the same heat.

Individual Races:

Each team is allowed only one athlete per event, per age group. Individual events for all Divisions are:

200m Men 18+
200m Men 50+
200m Men 60+
200m Men 70+

400m Men 30+
400m Men 40+

200m Women 18+
200m Women 40+
200m Women 50+
200m Women 60+

400m Women 30+
400m Women 40+

All Individual events will use standard lane assignments (see above).

An athlete may run in multiple age groups for different individual races. For example, if a 50+ male decides to run in the 200m Men 18+ age group race, he may then come back and compete in the 400m Men 30+ age group race. Athletes may compete in their assigned age group or a younger age group. An athlete may not compete in an older age group.