Sprint Heat Formats

Excel bracket downloads are available here but are NOT SUPPORTED by Zone4 in any way. Zone4 staff can only provide support for the Zone4 timing software.

FIS Knockout

The FIS Knockout format is defined by FIS although some changes are made for national competitions. First, FIS now allows athletes to choose their quarter final heats after the qualifier but this is not done at National competitions due to the extra logistics. Secondly, there is not a good solution provided by FIS for categories between 13-18 racers so an unofficial format has been developed to fill this gap. Choosing the correct bracket is simply a numbers game accounting for some racers that are registered but will not start.

3 Rounds, 5 Quarter-Finals

  • 19 to 30 racers
  • official 5 quarter-final format with 6 racers per heat
  • 2 semi-finals with 6 racers per heat
  • A and optional B final with 6 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

Type Software Support Resources
Timed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Timed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket

3 Rounds, 3 Quarter-Finals (unofficial)

  • 13 to 18 racers
  • unoffical 3 quarter-final format with 6 racers per heat
  • 2 semi-finals with 6 racers per heat
  • A and optional B final with 6 racers per heat
  • needs Jury approval but has become standard

Timing Software Support

Type Software Support Resources
Timed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Timed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket

2 Rounds, 2 Semi-Finals

  • 7 to 12 racers
  • official format starting with the 2 semi-finals with 6 racers per heat
  • forego the quarter-finals
  • A and optional B final with 6 racers per heat
  • consider combining with another category

Timing Software Support

Type Software Support Resources
Timed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Timed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
Without B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Untimed Lucky Loser
With B-Final
Web Based Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket

1 Round, 1 Final

  • 2 to 6 racers
  • official format with only an A final with 6 racers per heat
  • forego the quarter and semi-finals
  • strongly consider combining with another category

Timing Software Support

Software Support Resources
Web Based Excel Bracket

King’s Court

There are a number of King’s Court formats used but the format being used with increasing popularity will be discussed here. There are 4 different brackets to be used depending on category numbers.

6 Quarter-Finals

  • 21 to 24 racers
  • 6 heats per round
  • 4 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

Software Support Resources
Web Based Excel Bracket

5 Quarter-Finals

  • 17 to 20 racers
  • 5 heats per round
  • 4 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

Software Support Resources
Web Based Excel Bracket

4 Quarter-Finals

  • 13 to 16 racers
  • 4 heats per round
  • 4 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

Software Support Resources
Web Based Excel Bracket

3 Quarter-Finals

  • 9 to 12 racers
  • 3 heats per round
  • 4 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

Software Support Resources
Web Based Excel Bracket

Ladder

The ladder format is run as an amalgamation of sub-categories that should combine a range of age categories and both genders. This requires the results from final round to be split back into the original categories for awards. An option for the final round is to pull the top racers from each sub-category after the second round into a final for that subcategory.

4 Lane

  • 2 to infinite racers
  • 3 rounds with an unlimited number of heats per round
  • 4 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

The ladder format is not currently supported in Zone4 timing software.

Type Resources
Timed
Up to 128 racers
Advancement Diagram
Google Sheet Bracket
Untimed
Up to 128 racers
Advancement Diagram
Google Sheet Bracket

6 Lane

  • 2 to infinite racers
  • 3 rounds with an unlimited number of heats per round
  • 6 racers per heat

Timing Software Support

The ladder format is not currently supported in Zone4 timing software.

Type Resources
Timed
Up to 192 racers
Advancement Diagram
Google Sheet Bracket
Untimed
Up to 192 racers
Advancement Diagram
Google Sheet Bracket

Old FIS Knockout

The Old FIS Knockout format is defined by FIS but has been mostly replaced with the newer format above. This format has fallen out of favor because the semi-finals and finals only have 4 racers per heat.

3 Rounds, 4 Quarter-Finals

Timing Software Support

Type Software Support Resources
Without B-Final Web Based
Legacy Windows
Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
With B-Final Web Based
Legacy Windows
Advancement Diagram
Excel Bracket
Updated on 2019-01-12

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