> We (Florida Scholastic Rowing) are looking into changing our overall
> trophy structure at our championship regatta. At present it favors teams
> that enter all events and not so much rewarding winning the best events.
> What kind of points systems are out there? Obviously larger teams will
> have an advantage, but how can we adjust things to reward speed and
I don't know if there are any events that use this approach, but here's an
Award points for winning events (and maybe for other places on a multi-lane
course), and divide a club's total by the points total it could have scored
if it won all the events it entered. You'll end up with a score between 0
and 1 (or express it as a % to give a number between 0 and 100), thus
rewarding the clubs that have performed well for their size. Of course,
you'll have to have some kind of minimum qualification standard, e.g. to be
eligible clubs must have at entered at least N events, which must include an
8 and 4- and a 2x (or something similar).
You could weight the points awarded for each event to recognise that winning
(in UK-speak) Elite 8s might be "worth" more than Novice 1x.
If you have a full set of results for previous years' regattas, then you
could experiment with different weightings and algorithms until you get one
that "feels right".
I like the concept of "Victor Ludorum" prizes as it provides an opportunity
for a club en masse to have their overall performance recognised, but many
schemes tend to favour the clubs that simply put loads of entries in, and
smaller clubs can go away empty handed even if they have a better win / race
Hope this brain dump helps.