A competitor's overall Eastern League score is based on that competitor's performances at all events. You must be an Eastern League member at the time of competition for an event to count toward your standings, and all members of a team or pair must be current members at the time of competition in order for that team or pair to earn Eastern League points.
An embroidered jacket is awarded to each competitor who finishes in one of the top three places in a particular discipline at the end of the season, as long as that competitor has:
- Competed in that discipline at a minimum of two Eastern League competitions *
- Earned at least 50 Eastern League points in that discipline
Within each discipline, only the top five scores of each competitor in any given season count toward that competitor's League standing.
These requirements apply separately to individual members of pairs and teams. For example, to get a jacket, each member of a qualifying pair or team must meet the requirements of having competed with that pair or team at a minimum of two League-sanctioned competitions.
* If a discipline must be canceled by the event (for example, because of extreme weather), any Eastern League member who is registered for that discipline and present when it is canceled will receive attendance credit. That is, even though Eastern League points will not be granted for that discipline at that event, the event will count toward the minimum of two competitions for any registered competitors who are Eastern League members and are in attendance at the time of the cancellation.
Calculating EL Standings: Discipline Score
All disciplines have the same base points, and bonus points are determined by the number of competitors in the discipline. Only the top 10 places receive League points.
Base Points are assigned as follows:
Bonus Points for Individuals
Bonus points are determined by the number of competitors. For individual competition, the first-place finisher receives a bonus value equal to the number of competitors in the event, up to a maximum of 20. Each descending place receives a bonus value one less than the next higher place.
For example, for an Experienced Individual Dual-line Ballet (EIB) discipline with 15 competitors, Eastern League points would be awarded as follows:
- Only the top 10 competitors in any discipline receive EL points.
- If more than 20 fliers compete, the bonus points start at 20 because that's the maximum.
- If an event is divided into heats, the total number of competitors (not just the number in the final heat) is used for awarding bonus points.
Bonus Points for Pairs And Teams
Because the number of competitors for team and pair disciplines is usually much lower than for individual disciplines, and that number does not vary much from one event to another, the bonus points for teams and pairs are doubled to increase their impact. For example, if a pairs discipline had 5 entries, the first-place winner would receive 10 bonus points (in addition to the 25 first-place base points), second place would get 8 bonus points, and so on. As with individual disciplines, however, the maximum number of bonus points is 20.
Calculating EL Standings: Overall League Score
Discipline scores are used to compute overall League scores and the League standings. Competitors' League scores consist of their top five point finishes. Competitors must have competed in a particular discipline at a minimum of two Eastern League competitions and must have accumulated at least 50 points in order for their points to count toward final standings in that discipline.
For example, consider a flier who competes in Masters Individual Dual-Line Precision at eight events and earns the following League points:
The flier's League score for the season would be 132 (35 + 30 + 25 + 22 + 20). This score would be compared to the scores of all other MIP competitors to generate League standings.
If ties exist in League scores at the end of the season, the winner is determined by the following calculations, performed in the order shown. The first calculation to break the tie determines the winner.
- Head-to-head. For all events in which the two competitors competed against each other, the total number of Eastern League points awarded to each competitor is counted. The higher number wins.
- Total points. The total number of Eastern League points for all events in which each competitor competed is compared. The higher number wins.
- Average flight score. The actual flight scores for every competition in which each competitor competed are averaged, and this number is compared for the two competitors. The higher number wins.
Substitutes on pairs or teams are subject to the same rules and regulations that apply to registered pair and team members regarding eligibility for League awards. For example, to be eligible for a jacket, a substitute must have flown with a particular pair or team at a minimum of two competitions. In addition, if a pair or team flies at any competition with a substitute who is not an Eastern League member, the points from that event will not be included in the pair or team's Eastern League standings.