Scoring "Model 2010" - a long way to go...

It was in the year 1975, when the world-wide unification of the master athletics was founded, the so called WAVA. The task, which WAVA had to cope with (to manage)was multi-layered and complicate. The WAVA had to start from absolutely nothing.- no knowledge whatever was the issue. First of all, the age groups had to be structured. Combined with this, new weights of implements, which were introduced at the length of time, had to be reconsidered, to be added certain changes as to running disciplines.

All what we consider as a fact, had to be developed step by step. To be added, the combined events with first introduced scoring. That represented the biggest problem, as no basis and knowledge were available. Once given a certain bases, then was given the possibility to dare to approach the scoring. Also nowadays we continue changing facts and weights, another matter, which does not allow making it easier,
and to consider and integrate immediately the valuation.

It might happen in the following years that first experienced valuations for implements (like new weights) have to be changed again.
Those constant changes do not specially simplify the issue.

1987 - The year, when masters met in Melbourne for the "World Best Performances". Lucky I, as I made there the acquaintance of Adolf Koch, the same was really most passionate man in the best sense. He was an athletic man, warm hearted for his sport. He was one of the iniciatores of treating with the scoring.

He introduced me in the world of handling facts (scoring) for the combined events. So far I never spent time in thing over how scoring was handled for older athletes.

1989 - On occasion of the International American Championships, the USATF, in San Diego, I watched a handicap race. Those races (additional to the program) for 200 metes, where different age classes with correspondent advantage raced, impressed me most. Till the finish line, the given advantages reduced more and more, so that in this way, more or less, all runners reached the finish line at the same time. This first impression of "compensation" was now settled in my brains.

Two weeks later, during the taken place WM Championships in Eugene, I met again Adolf Koch, and in the meantime 2 years had passed.
During this time he had prepared a dossier with calculations, which he explained to me step by step in the following days. Even so, the time
was too short for being able to understand all. At first glance I was impressed, however mentioned straight away some reserve regarding
certain evaluations. Those facts (scoring) he handed in to WAVA for their disposal.

1994 - A year of decisions.

For the first time also in Germany, the WAVA facts for scoring were introduced regarding the combined events. The Combined Event Championships in Lower Saxony (1994 in Lingen), represented for me my last participation in combined events due to back problems,
especially as to long jump. Nevertheless, I had a decent "fare- well".

Numerous participation, 16 competitors only in age class M55, made those championships and in connection with the WAVA scoring, a special event. Still more surprise for me when at the end of the event, a cup was given to me for the best performance of the day - very much under the regret of the sprinters and good 1500 m runners. After having analyzed with calm those combined events, I recognized, they were right. Considering my performance in the throwing disciplines (discus and javelin) was decisive. They simply had been too high evaluated.

Why this long prologue?

The evaluation of those pentathlon competitions represented for me, "as a fanatic-justice-man", the moment, when for first time I had my thoughts about a creation of proper worked out facts (scoring).

The first elements for the proper facts were created, however I had to recognize that this task represented more difficulties as I imagined.

After several difficulties at the beginning, I found a complete new way of obtaining the compensating facts (scoring). Followed by two further ways, submitted by WMA (former WAVA), and finally the realisation III, (last edition), the so called "Model 2010" is now taken over by WMA

Consideration of the three kinds of evaluation, which have carried out in the last 10 years, following now come into question WMA facts (scoring) in the future "Model 2010".

Valuation: Edition III

WMA-facts (scoring) "Model 2010".

The conception: in working out the facts (scoring), I always tried to consider both parts in a neutral way.
   - The criteria of WMA, which says, that the calculated performances have to be brought up to an approximate world level
   - As well as my idea, that the evaluation in all age classes will maintain the same level of performance.

The last year required again a lot of hard work, as Rex Harwey and me had to come to an agreement. This meant, that absolutely all performances within the different age classes had to be calculated for a higher percentage, with the aim, that they reflect an international standard., what means: la criteria de la WMA

Requirement for this issue were the following common considerations:

1. The bases if the facts (scoring) is now age classM//W 35- till now we considered the world records of the open class.

    By this way, the base of calculation (base of evaluation) of the former WMA facts is strongly reduced.

2. A certain "zone of limit" avoids, that in the future, outstanding performances realized by master athletes,
    are passing over the performances of the world records (open class).

3. In connection with this matter, the following calculation was adapted.
    The bases of calculation/evaluation are the world best performances of not doped athletes. The base of an approximately 98% is at the
    same time the base of calculation/evaluation in each discipline. This means, that the so called zone /limit of security only represents
    and approximately 2% (a little bit flexible).

The special advantage: The bases of evaluation are not any more depending regarding doubtful world records in the different events / disciplines.

Bernd Rehpenning