The Interstate Challenge Trophy rules were incorporated into the ARA Rules and Standards in 2012.
C9. Interstate Challenge Trophy
a) Each team entering shall nominate for each member the state association of membership or the country of origin for international competitors. This shall be included in the results and used for Interstate Challenge point scoring.
b) Placings in each of the categories in C6 for mens, womens and mixed may earn points toward a state’s Interstate Challenge score.
c) For the purposes of determining placings in the Interstate Challenge, any team that does not contain an Australian state representative should first be removed from the results table. Points should then be awarded as follows:-
ii) If only one team is competing in a category, then no points will be awarded in that category.
iii) If more than one state is represented in a category, but only two teams are represented in that category, then
- First place scores two points
- Second place scores one point
- First place scores three points
- Second place scores two points
- Third place scores one point
d) If a team has representatives from more than one state, the points scored by that team shall be shared proportionally among the team members’ states. (e.g. If a team consisting of two Queenslanders and a Tasmanian win a category, then two points are awarded to Queensland and one point is awarded to Tasmania.)
e) If a team has both Australian and international members, the points scored by that team shall be shared as in item 5, but with no points being allocated to the international competitor. (e.g. If a team consisting of a Victorian and a New Zealander win a category, then 1.5 points are awarded to Victoria only.)
f) A team scores Interstate Challenge points in every age category for which they are eligible.