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An entry with a bad seed mark may become a "NM" (No Mark) entry.

Event Type

Typical Events

Good Seed
Mark Examples

Bad Seed
Mark Examples

Short Races

Seconds Only

400m & shorter

Examples:
100m, 200m, 110H, 400H

23.45
Use hundredths for FAT

12.3
Use tenths for hand times.
Either "h" suffix or .24 sec. is added to become FAT equivalent


12.3h

Hand time.
(Not accepted by all meets.)

NM
NT

12
12.
12.34 (FAT)
12.345

Long Races

Min:Sec

800m & longer

Examples:
800m, 3000m

12:34.56
Use hundredths for FAT

1:23.4

Use tenths for hand times.
Either "h" suffix or .24 sec. is added to become FAT equivalent

1:23.4h
Hand time
(Not accepted by all meets.)

NM
NT

1:23
1:23.
1-23.4
1:23:45
1:73

Field Events

Ft-Inches
or
Metric

All field events

Examples:
HJ, SP, LJ, JT

Ft-Inches
Designate feet with ' or -

Inch fractions can be only
.0 .25 .5 or .75

Metric
Designate with m or M
May enter centimeters
but not millimeters

5'6"
5-08.75
5'8.75
123'

NCAA Div 2 PoPs
2.6m
34.3M
45m

NM
NH
ND

6'3 3/4
34'10.4
5"3'
12'34"

34.5
34.56m

NCAA Div 2 PoPs must be in Metric Only.

Multi-Events

Points

All Multi Events

Examples:
Heptathlon
Decathlon

Total Points
3 or 4 digits

987
7890
NM
NP

5678 Pts
432 Pole Vault


Why must I use standard formats when entering seed marks?
Your entries are electronically imported into a meet management computer program. The program may reject or change improperly formatted seed marks.
Your athlete may then be either not entered or incorrectly seeded.

What's is seed mark format verification?
After you enter an athlete's seed mark EZMeets instantly checks the format before you send it. If the format is bad, EZMeets alerts you and changes the bad seed mark to a no-mark entry. That ensures:

  • You do not submit a bad seed mark, which the meet management computer may reject or misinterpret.
  • Your athlete is still entered in the event, but with no seed mark.

Go back and reenter the seed mark with the correct format.

Does EZMeets check for realistic seed marks, like a 5 second 100m dash?
No. However, meet management may reject the mark. Your athlete may end up either not entered or get a no-mark seed mark

Does EZMeets ensure an event exists?
EZMeets rejects females in the 110m Hurdles and males in the 100m Hurdles.

Some meets have events for some athletes, but not for others. Example: Women's 3000m and Men's 5000m. EZMeets does not verify this.
If you enter an athlete in an incorrect event, meet management will probably not second guess your intentions and reject the entry.

How does EZMeets verify?
EZMeets uses JavaScript, which runs in your web browser, to verify the format of your seed marks,
You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to ensure you correctly enter your athletes.
All recent browsers have JavaScript enabled by default. If your browser isn't JavaScript enabled, get the most recent version of your web browser and/or enable its JavaScript.
Please remember, if you submit an entry with a bad seed mark format, it may be rejected.