USA & World Masters Rankings
The official rankings for World Masters Athletics
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MastersRankings.com, aka World Masters Rankings, is the official rankings of World Masters Athletics and USATF MTF. The site’s mission is to enhance people’s experiences in Masters Athletics by filling needs: how am I doing; where can I compete, what is happening. The rest of this page has information on and links to features within this site filling those needs and plans / timelines for feature development and improvements. Improvements, including adding features, are made weekly (most are not obvious), many come from your comments, requests and suggestions.
There is much to this site with over 100 static pages (hundreds of thousands of dynamic pages). Consequently, it can be difficult to find things. The User’s Guide includes a summary of the features (more than below) and tips on how to find anything quickly.
MastersRankings’ plan for 2020 accounted for the typical volume of work to compile annual rankings. Fewer meets to process enables us to spend more time focusing on over 16,000 unaddressed emails, correcting data and improving software to improve efficiency and ranking accuracy. Goals this year are:
- Move site to new server (complete)
- Reprogram pages for compatibility with new server and current software versions (target => before end of year). This is significant because, upon completion, the team becomes much more effective and efficient plus list integrity is easier to manage
- Redesign website (target => before end of year)
Other goals, activities and targets are within the sections below.
How are you doing?
Many athletes want to know how they are doing compared to others. To that end, MastersRankings gathers and compiles performances from meets and national rankings lists adding thousands to our databases every week. Gathered and submitted performances are displayed on several lists and athletes’ performance logs. The most popular lists are rankings and athletes’ performance logs.
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Ideally, Rankings lists include every performance by Masters Athletes at organized, officiated competitions run fully in accordance with WMA rules. That is the goal of this site. It is also a major undertaking where cooperation and collaboration is essential to success. All World and Regional Rankings lists on this site are incomplete as we still strive to compile reasonably complete rankings from 2013 forward.
There are 2,674,428 performances listed representing 308,111 athletes from 208 nations!
* completion percentages are estimated
- Gather and insert competition results (ongoing activity)
- Increasing and improving collaboration with competition organizers and national statisticians (ongoing activity)
Follow your friends and fellow competitors on one handy page! Your watchlist includes all performances for you and those you have tagged. This feature is fully functional and all updates are real time (added performances are instantly listed on your watchlist).
Age grading is a method of handicapping athletes based on their age (more on age grading). Age grades are displayed next to every applicable performance plus there are age-graded rankings for each event. This site uses 2006 / 2010 tables to calculate age grades since they cover all ages and most listed events. This feature is fully functional and all updates are real time (Age Grades are updated when performances are inserted or changed so lists are also updated instantly).
The best performance for single ages – essentially, unofficial, single age records. An athlete, who has compiled their own list, has been reviewing MastersRankings’ combined performance data and verifying each best performance.
- Insert historic performances into Rankings databases. Several people have compiled lists, typically in their interest areas, of best performances and have graciously shared with MastersRankings. Most of those performances have been loaded into the databases. (target => finish loading provided performances by end of 2020)
- Age Best Manager verify Age Best Performances (complete to date and ongoing for new performances)
- MastersRankings finish programs that facilitate maintaining lists (target => end of 2020)
- Publish verified lists (target => February 2021)
- Verification of potential new Age Best Performances and updating lists (ongoing after publishing verified lists)
The best performances ever are included in these lists. All-Time performances were gathered from many sources including mastersathletics.net and Jim Sorensen plus include best performances from MastersRankings. More historical performances are being gathered so these will be more accurate.
Some events, like 1 Mile, are not listed because historical (international before 2013 and US before 2006) performances are not readily available. Combined events, in spite of having different scoring tables, are included to solicit your feedback (please comment at the bottom of this post).
Merging gathered information includes making fully compatible with MastersRankings system and correcting name spelling. Incorrect spellings or birth dates often result in duplicate athletes. Please help make corrections by clicking on the performance (time, height, distance or score). This will open a correction request form and provide us with a link to the athletes information. Please be specific what is the issue.
Thousands of performances for each event can be listed for many events since millions of performances are available. Please consider whether it will be meaningful to display all available performances as it will be difficult, if not impossible, to compile historical performances with the same level of depth as are currently compiled.
What do you think:
- What events should be listed?
- How many performances should be listed?
- What makes performances eligible?
Please provide your feedback and suggestions for the All-Time lists below or send private comments.
Many athletes cannot or have trouble finding enough places to compete. Meet organizers face increasing challenges to putting on competitions. MastersRankings is determined to help athletes find competitions and meet organizers increase participation which helps offset costs. We think this is done in two ways: providing athletes with an easily searched list of upcoming competitions; promoting competitions.
Frankly, MastersRankings’ efforts to provide athletes with a comprehensive list of upcoming competitions has not come close to our expectations but we haven’t given up. There are significant challenges to accomplish the goal and we have yet to find solutions. Check back here for progress updates.
MastersRankings promotes select competitions using this site, social media and our email communications (click here to subscribe). Many of these promotions provide information about what you can do outside of the competitions so you can make more informed decisions whether travel to the competition is worthwhile.
The above items are the priorities for the moment. MastersRankings is still committed to meeting Masters Athletes’ needs so this is still a goal. We plan on continuing discussions with organizations and national governing bodies to develop a scalable solution.
What is happening?
MastersRankings’ homepage is a news feed which has featured articles written by reporters, athletes, representatives of World Masters Athletics & Affiliates and us. Articles have been about WMA Athletes of the Year, record reports, athlete profiles, special events, championships, WMA (including regional & affiliate) news, interest stories and much more. This site is a phenomenal place for a news feed because it receives tens of thousands of hits per day. With your help, we can post frequently and keep athletes well informed worldwide. Additionally, we periodically send out email communications (click to subscribe).
The above items are the priorities for the moment. MastersRankings is still committed to meeting Masters Athletes’ needs so this is still a goal. Our original plan was to host articles provided by people around the world. This plan should work so, for the short term, we will be posting articles as we can and working toward a scalable solution as we can focus on it more.