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Updated March 30, 2017

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  1. Privacy Policy
  2. Ranked Events
  3. Listed Performances
  4. Submission Deadline
  5. Finalizing Rankings Lists
  6. Outdoor Season
  7. Indoor Season

Privacy Policy Go to top

Your privacy is critically important to MastersRankings. MastersRankings collects athletes' birth dates and email addresses for exclusive use. Only authorized MastersRankings' representatives have access to confidential information. MastersRankings will not share or sell your personal information.

Ranked Events Go to top

The goal is to maintain a rankings list in any event where the list will be meaningful - many athletes within most age groups who focus on the event. For example, countries with thousands of athletes should have more than 20 athletes listed in most age groups. MastersRankings evaluates competition results throughout the year to assess whether a meaningful list can be compiled. Events deemed appropriate to rank will be added at the beginning of a year.

Widely contested indoor events like 300m, 600m, 1000m are difficult to compile meaningful lists because the vast majority of available competition results for these are for open and college meets which do not include any age information. Results from Masters multi-event competitions with 1000m are available but those performances are typically inferior to athletes' performances at single event competitions and many of those athletes are not middle distance specialists. Ranking 1000m under these conditions would result in lists with proportionally slower times compared to 800m.

Listed Performances Go to top

Performances listed on this site are compiled from official meet results, official National Rankings and athlete submissions. All listed performances are subject to verification. MastersRankings routinely reviews lists for accuracy and remove performances and or competitions that it deems inaccurate or ineligible. MastersRankings is the sole arbiter for performances listed on this site. Athletes submitting performances certify their performance is accurate from an eligible competition and bears responsibility of proving same when asked by MastersRankings representative.

  • Age Groups: Based on age on the first day of a Track & Field / Athletics competition regardless of the age groups at that meet. This also applies to contests including multiple sports like Masters Games, State Games and Senior Olympics - first day of T&F / Athletics competition.
  • Listed Nationality: Athletes' nationality is based on their citizenship regardless of their residence. Athletes with multiple citizenships are eligible to be listed in each nations list on this site. Note: this policy may not comport with each nation's policy. Please check with your National Governing Body.
  • Eligible Competitions: Pre-scheduled, organized competitions run in accordance with WMA or National Governing Body rules are eligible. MastersRankings is the sole arbiter for competition eligibility on this site.
  • Fully Automated Timing (FAT): FAT is a system connecting all timing components, including the starter's signal, starter's signal receiver, finish line camera and timing software, electronically. Non-FAT performances in events 200m and shorter are not eligible for this site's official rankings lists. Effective 2016, performances for non-FAT, 300 and 400 meter races will be adjusted by the IAAF accepted standard of 0.24 seconds.
  • Legal Wind: Effective 2016, only performances with less than or equal to 2m/s assistive wind in horizontal jumps and 200m and shorter running events will be included in this site's World rankings lists.

Submission Deadline Go to top

Meet organizers, National Governing Bodies and athletes have until 1 month after the season closes (see below) to submit performances. Note: this policy has not yet been implemented worldwide since the World and WMA Regional Rankings are in their infancy. It will take time to disseminate this policy and develop collaboration with the National Governing Bodies. US Citizens need to submit within the deadlines for inclusion in the final, official US rankings. MastersRankings, at its discretion, may elect to accept or reject performances after the submission deadline.

Finalizing Rankings Lists Go to top

MastersRankings strives to finalize rankings within 3 months after a season ends (see below). Finalizing the rankings lists involves removing duplicates, correcting typos, further confirming meet eligibility and performance accuracy.

Outdoor Season & Lists Go to top

Outdoor rankings lists include performances contested outdoors either on a track for running events or a suitable field event facility. Events contested on an oversized indoor track are eligible for ranking in the outdoor list. Lists include performances between January 1 through December 31 each year.

Indoor Season & Lists Go to top

Indoor rankings lists include performances contested indoors meeting WMA or National Governing Body indoor rules including track size. Performances on an oversized track and events contested outdoors are not eligible. Most indoor competitions are held between November and March. Indoor rankings lists include eligible performances from competitions held between April and March. The exception to this is when the WMA Indoor Championship is held after March 31. The season will be extended to the end of the WMA Championship. The season will be tagged the ending year's Indoor Season for brevity on this site. For example, we are currently in the 12 2017 - 2018 Indoor Season shown as 2018 Indoor Season on this site.

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 About this site:

This site is dedicated to serving Masters Athletes providing performance lists and many other features. There are 1,492,354 performances listed representing 200,051 athletes from 197 nations.

Lists on this site are progressive so athletes can see where they stand all year long. MastersRankings does not seek to replace any national ranking list - it will include those lists so World and WMA regional rankings lists are accurate and comprehensive.

It will take time to coordinate everything related to these lists. Visitors will see spikes in the number of performances listed as national federations and MastersRankings develop the protocols for posting national rankings lists within the World and WMA regional lists. A list will be labeled as final once we are confident that the top performers are listed.

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