Updated March 30, 2017
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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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 4 2017 - 2018 Indoor Season shown as 2018 Indoor Season on this site.
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This site is dedicated to serving Masters Athletes providing performance lists and many other features. There are 1,251,670 performances listed representing 166,223 athletes from 184 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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