Games Flag and Joe Griffith Trophy

The Games Flag

The Games Flag is an impressive prize given to the District who earns the most flag points at a Games. The amount of flag points a district team collects is determined based on the scoring system.

Here’s how the scoring system works: nine flag points are awarded to the athlete or team that wins first place; eight flag points go to second place winner; seven flag points go to the third place winner, and so on. The amount of flag points an athlete or team earns becomes less and less the further they finish away from first place.

At the end of the Games, all the flag points for each District team are added up to give every District a final flag point score. The District team that scores the most flag points wins the prestigious Games Flag and all the bragging rights that go with it!

For Games Flag results click here. 

Joe Griffith Trophy

The Joe Griffith trophy is all about overall district improvement. District teams looking to win the trophy need to have the highest percentage of improvement when their total district team Flag Points are compared with their previous Games statistics. Check out the example below for further explanation.

Let’s take a look at how the imaginary District 99 won the Joe Griffith Trophy in 2016. In 2012, District 99 came in 9th place with the least amount of Flag Points at the Saskatchewan Summer Games. Four years later, District 99 came in 3rd place with the 3rd most Flag points at the Saskatchewan Summer Games. So District 99’s final Flag Point standing in 2016 improved by 33 percent when compared with their previous final Flag Point standing in 2012. That 33 percent may not seem like a lot, but it doesn’t have to be. The reason District 99 won the Joe Griffiths Trophy is because their 33 percent improvement was higher than all the other Districts' percentages of improvement.

Don’t forget, the comparison between finial standing points is made on a winter-to-winter and summer-to-summer basis. The cool thing about the scoring system is that it’s designed so that the District team with the most athletes participating in and doing well at a Games is usually the team that wins the trophy. This encourages each District to have as many athletes in each sport as the rules allow!

For Joe Griffiths results click here.