Maximum Performance Rule

Maximum Performance Rule


The Maximum Performance Rule can be found in it’s entirety in policy 7000-208.


Individual Sports


Divisioning heats (preliminary rounds) are conducted to ensure that athletes compete against athletes of like ability levels in final rounds of competition. To ensure that athletes compete at the best of their ability during the divisioning round, the maximum performance rule (MPR) is implemented at Major Games. At all other levels of competition MPR should be tracked and athletes and teams should be warned of any violations.


The Maximum Performance Rule ensures that there is no more than a 15% difference in performance between an athlete’s seeding time/score and final performance. If an athlete exceeds their divisioning performance by more than 15%, and as a result should have been placed in a different final division, the athlete would be disqualified.


If a coach is of the opinion that their athlete has not competed to the best of their ability in the divisioning round, and may be in danger of violating the MPR, they have the options of:

  • Submit a faster time or longer distance/greater height conceding the qualifying score
  • Concede the event qualifying time/distance/height
  • Ask to have the event re-run (if applicable)


NOTE: The Maximum Performance Rule is only used at Provincial, National and World Games.


Team Sports


Divisioning games are conducted to ensure that teams compete against teams of a similar ability level in their final competition. Teams must compete at the best of their ability during the divisioning games.  Teams that do not compete at the best of their ability during the divisioning games may be disqualified from the competition.



For more information regarding the use of the MPR please contact the Sport & Competition Developer or your District Developer.