Virtual Championships Rules

Eligibility Standards

Corporate Eligibility

All athletes must be at least 18 years old on the day they compete (meets are often held over multiple days). All team members must fall into one of the following five (5) eligibility categories.

  • Employees
    Must be employed by the corporation and work 20 or more hours a week and be on the corporation’s payroll and have taxes withheld by the corporation.
  • Contractors
    Must be under contract with the corporation six months prior to the start of the meet. Must be working 30 hours or more per week, for that corporation, for the entire six months. Eligible contractors comprise independent contractors; outsourced former employees who continue to perform the same work for the corporation, and staff who have long-term service commitments with the corporation, who take direction from corporate employees, and who work to fulfill corporate business objectives, even if they are paid through payroll or temporary staffing agencies. Employees of outside consulting firms who are assigned to client corporations on task assignments are not eligible to compete for those client corporations (example: Andersen Consulting employees on assignment to Hughes may not compete for Hughes). Contractors are eligible to compete as alumni if they worked for the company for 24 months. Any contractor who qualifies as alumni under this provision would be part of the alumni rule.
  • Retirees
    Must be pension eligible, former employees of the represented corporation, with five or more years of service to the corporation and whose age plus years of service equals fifty-five years or more. Years of service accumulated with a business divested, sold or spun off from the parent corporation may be included in the calculation. Retirees must not be a full-time employee of another CRA competing corporation. There is no limit on the number of retirees who may compete for a corporation.
  • Alumni
    Up to five (5) ex-employees or eligible contractors (see Contractors above) who have previously competed for a team in at least one (1) CRA or USCAA National or Regional Track & Field Championship are eligible to compete for that team, provided they are not employed by another competing team. No more than three (3) ex-employees can come from a single company.
  • Family Members
    Immediate family members of Employees, Contractors, Retirees, and Alumni are eligible. A family member is defined as a spouse/lifetime partner, son, daughter, or parent. A Family Member must be at least 18 years old.
  • Pool Participants
    A limit of 3 unattached participants are eligible for teams with under 25 team members or former USCAA DIV 2 teams (under 10,000 employees).

    • Such “Pool Participants” (or a team captain/representative in their place) must contact Jovette Jolicoeur no later than July 15, 2021 for consideration of placement on a particular team.
    • If no team is specifically requested, Jovette will contact the eligible team captains with the particular aspect unique to that pool participant such as gender, age, distance/event specialty, etc.
    • Team(s) interested in adding the pool participant to their roster, will need to contact Jovette within 72 hours.
    • She will then let the pool participant know which team(s) is interested and if more than one team, he or she can decide who to compete for, and will be able to contact the team captain.
    • Jovette will discuss any placement with the 2021 Virtual USCAA National Sub-team if necessary.

    Pool Participants are a separate distinction from Alumni or Family Members as described above.

Competitor Age

Competitor’s age will be determined by their age in years as of December 31 of the current year. For example, any competitor born in 1970 will be considered to be 51 years old for the 2021 USCAA Corporate Virtual Nationals competition, regardless of where in the calendar year their birthday falls. An exception to this rule is that a competitor must be at least 18 on the day they compete (meets are often held over multiple days).

Frequency of Participation

Each athlete may compete in any individual event with no limit on the number of individual events entered. Each individual event can only count toward one team/relay event*. For example, if an athlete runs a 200m, it counts toward the 200m Individual and only one relay that has a 200m leg. The same athlete can compete in another relay, but only for another distance, such as a 400m.
* – Except for teams with 25 or fewer athletes (athletes still only have to run a distance once, but it can be used in more than one relay).

Uniforms

Each team should recommend their participants to wear their corporate jerseys/singlets.

General

Athletes can only compete in their assigned age-group for individual events. Any athlete’s individual event results can be used to fill a slot for a younger athlete in a relay/team race, but cannot fill a slot for an older athlete.


Three Separate Championships 


1. Individual Age-Group Events – Team Championship

Thirteen Individual Events (the Mile has been removed this year).

      • 100m
      • 200m
      • 400m
      • 600m
      • 800m
      • 1200m
      • 1600m
      • 5K
      • 10K
      • High Jump
      • Long Jump
      • Discus
      • Shot Put

Twelve Age-Groups

18 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49, 50 to 54, 55 to 59, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79, and 80+.

Points Awarded for Each Event in Each Age-Group

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9+
Points 10 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Team Score

The sum of all individual event scores.


2. Relays/Team Events – Team Championship

Twenty Events

      • 4x100m Relay
      • 4x200m Relay
      • 4x400m Relay
      • Executive Relay
      • Master’s Plus Relay
      • Senior’s Relay
      • Sub-Master’s Sprint Medley Relay
      • Three-Lap Sprint
      • Distance Medley Relay
      • Women’s Relay
      • Women’s 800-Meter Team Race
      • Men’s 1600-Meter Team Race
      • Men’s Team 5K
      • Women’s Team 5K
      • Men’s Team 10K
      • Women’s Team 10K
      • High Jump Team
      • Long Jump Team
      • Discus Team
      • Shot Put Team

Field Event Minimum Teams

For a team field event to be included in the team scoring, there must be at least three (3) teams that have at least two (2) athletes who complete that field event. If there are fewer than three (3) teams competing in a given field event, then the results for that field event will not be included in the team scoring. The individual results for that field event will still be included in the Individual Age-Groups Events Team Championship scoring.

Points Awarded for Each Event

Place 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13+
Points 40 34 31 28 25 22 19 16 13 10 7 4 1

Total Score

Each team will be allowed to drop its four (4) lowest team scores, PLUS any meet-dropped events per the Field Event Minimum Teams Rule, when calculating their Relay Championship Team Score.
The sum of the kept Relay, Team Races, and Field Team Events determines the team score.
Note that any Team Field Event must meet the minimum team participation requirement to be included in the team scoring.

Winning Relay Time Results if less then 0.8 seconds

If the winning time for a relay race is less than 0.8 seconds (the 0.8 second tolerance derives from a standard 0.2 sec hand-timing allowance per leg and an average of 4 legs per relay) faster than the relay time from one (or more) other team(s), then all those teams shall be declared as tied for first place in that relay race. This rule also applies to the Men’s 1600m Team Race and the Women’s 800m Team Race.

Relays and Team Events Make-Up

The team captains will need to compile their relays and team events based on these rules and the individual results posted by their athletes. For relays, selected athletes can be used for a “younger” age group leg, and women can be substituted for men; except for the Men’s 1600-Meter Team Race.

Relay and Team Race Requirements

4x100m Relay
Four runners, with at least one woman and at least one other runner 40 years of age or older, and at least one other runner 50 years of age or older, each running 100m. The woman, if 40+ or 50+, cannot count as both a 40 year old AND a woman, or a 50 year old AND a woman.

4x200m Relay
Four runners, with at least one woman and at least one other runner 40 years of age or older, and at least one other runner 50 years of age or older, each running 200m. The woman, if 40+ or 50+, cannot count as both a 40 year old AND a woman, or a 50 year old AND a woman.

4x400m Relay
Four runners, with at least one woman and with at least one runner 40 years of age or older, at least one runner 50 years of age or older, and at least one runner 60 years of age or older, each running 400m. The woman, if 40+, 50+, or 60+, does fulfill that age requirement.

Executive Relay
Three runners, each at the level of manager of managers (or the equivalent) or above, and all age 30 or older, with at least one woman, running in order: 800m, 400m, 400m.

Master’s Plus Relay
Five runners, all 40 years of age or older, with at least one woman AND one runner 50 years or older (in addition to the minimum one woman), running in order: 800m, 400m, 800m, 200m, 200m. Note: A typical team make-up is one 40-year-old woman, one 50-year-old man, and three 40-year-old men. The woman, if 50, cannot count as both a 50 year old AND a woman.

Senior’s Relay
Five runners, all 50 years of age or older, with at least one woman and one runner 60 years of age or older running the opening leg, running in order: 200m (60+), 400m, 200m, 600m, 400m.

Sub-Master’s Sprint Medley Relay
Four runners, all 30 years of age or older, with at least one woman, running in order: 200m, 200m, 400m, 800m.

Three-Lap Sprint
Four runners, with at least one woman, running in order: 200m, 200m, 400m, 400m.

Distance Medley Relay
Four runners, with at least one woman and one master (40 years of age or older), in addition to the one woman, running in order: 1200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m.

Women’s Relay
Three women runners whose combined ages total 90 years or more, running in order: 800m, 400m, 400m.

Women’s 800-Meter Team Race
Two female runners, each running 800m, with the sum of both runner’s time determining place.

Men’s 1600-Meter Team Race
Two male runners, each running 1600m, with the sum of both runner’s time determining place.

Men’s & Women’s 5K & 10K Team Races
Unlimited number of participants of any age.
Team places for the 5km Team and 10km Team events will be determined based on the calculated WMA team scores (WMA calculator: http://www.howardgrubb.co.uk/athletics/wmaroad15.html):

      • Men’s 5K: Sum of the best five (5) WMA scores (2015 version).
      • Women’s 5K: Sum of the best four (4) WMA scores (2015 version).
      • Men’s 10K: Sum of the best five (5) WMA scores (2015 version).
      • Women’s 10K: Sum of the best four (4) WMA scores (2015 version).

Team Field Events Scoring

Sum of the top two individual scores, using decathlon type scoring on an age and gender adjusted scale (see https://uscaa.grunsports.com/goodies/fieldCalc.html).


3. Combined Total Points per Participant – Team Championship

Combined total individual age-group events team points plus relay/team events team points, divided by number of team participants. A team participant is an athlete who completes one or more individual events.


Competition Rules

Running Venue

All distances will be run in meters (the Mile has been removed this year).

Race distances from 100m to 1600m must be run on a standard, regulation sized 200m or 400m, indoor or outdoor track.
For 5K and 10K courses, the amount of elevation drop from start to finish cannot exceed 50 meters (164 feet) for the 5km and 100 meters (328 feet) for the 10 km.

Results Submission

      • Video is recommended, but not required, when submitting track events times and field event results. Pictures of the timing watch for running events, and of the measuring tapes for field events should be submitted. GPS devices must not be used to measure distance for events run on a track; only use the stopwatch component. For track events of 1600m or less times should be submitted to the 2nd decimal place (1/100th of a second). Events will run from a standing start, and blocks may be used.
      • GPS results are strongly recommended, but not required (if not owning a GPS devise), when submitting times for 5K and 10K events. Results should be rounded to the nearest second.
      • Individuals must submit results online starting May 1, 2021 through Aug 15, 2021. Individual results (not from relays) may be submitted from participating at other events or meets also held within the same time period as our event.
      • Captains submit their relay/team events results as soon as possible after Aug 15, 2021 through August 31, 2021.
      • Individual entries will only be visible to the individual, except:
        1. The individual’s team captain will see their current best entry per event at any time.
        2. Any entry used in the team score will be visible by others, after results are posted.
      • Team captains will never see each other teams’ entries or event compilation, until final results are posted, and then only those entries used in team scoring.

Field Events (rules and implements specifications)

Measurement

All field events may be measured in metric (preferred) or imperial (feet/inches) units.

Long Jump and High Jump

For the long jump, each athlete will be allowed six attempts in a single session.
For a high jump session, each athlete will be allowed three attempts to successfully clear a height (recommended to move up the bar by 1 inch or 3cm for each new height).

Shot Put
Each athlete will be allowed six throws per session in the shot put.

Age Shot Weight
Men 49 years or under 7.26 Kg (16 pounds)
Men 50-59 years 6 Kg
Men 60-69 years 5 Kg
Men 70-79 years 4 Kg
Men 80+ years 3 Kg
Women 49 years or under 4 Kg
Women 50-59 years 3 Kg
Women 60-74 years 3 Kg
Women 75+ years 2 Kg

Discus
Each athlete will be allowed six throws per session in the discus.

Age Discus Weight
Men 49 years or under 2.0 Kg
Men 50-59 years 1.5 Kg
Men 60+ years 1 Kg
Women 74 years or under 1 Kg
Women 75+ years .75 Kg