Rodeo Talk: Difference between an Average and an Aggregate
Sunday, 26 February 2006 14:03

As a rodeo commentator for the past few years, I have always been looking to increase my knowledge about the Sport of Rodeo and Sports in general. This, of course, would include sports terminology, as the main tool I have at my discretion is spoken word.

I believe it was late in 2003 that I heard Rodeo and Bull Riding commentators on televison begin using the word "Aggregate" as opposed to "Average" when referring to a contestant's overall ranking at an event. The event winner is the contestant that is the fastest with the most amount of qualified runs (in Timed Events) or the contestant with the highest amount of points with the most qualified rides (in Rough Stock Events). For years, the event winner has been referred to as "the winner in the 'Average'", and apparently, as I found out, is mathematically incorrect. (Kudos to the Calculus Major who pointed this out, I guess)

By Definition:


  • approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
  • median(a): relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values


  • a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
  • gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole

By Example:

I put forward another sports example first. In the sport of Baseball, the players' Batting Average is a key statistic of reference. This is calculated by dividing the number of "At Bats" by the number of hits. If a player goes to the plate 20 times, and only gets to base 7 times, their Batting Average .350.

In relation to Rodeo, we will examine the following two ficticious examples, including a Timed Event and Rough Stock Event scenario.

  Tiedown Roping
1st Go-round
2nd Go-round
3rd Go-round
  Haywood Jaropit
No Time
  Tye Calves

       In this scenario:
              Haywood Jaropit has an Average time of 8.5 Seconds (8.0 9.0 0.0 divided by 3)
              Tye Calves has an Average time of 11.3 Seconds (10.0 13.0 11.0 divided by 3)

              Haywood Jaropit has an Aggregate time of 17 Seconds on 2 head (8.0 9.0 on 2)
              Tye Calves has an Aggregate time of 34 Seconds on 3 head (10.0 13.0 11.0 on 3)

       By definition, Haywood Jaropit is the Average winner, which by industry standards is wrong.
       By definition, Tye Calves is the Aggregate winner, which by industry standards is correct.


  Bull Riding
1st Go-round
2nd Go-round
3rd Go-round
  Willy Everride
Bucked Off
  Guy "Juice" Ceedat

       In this scenario:
              Willy Everride has an Average score of 82.5 Points (85 80 0.0 divided by 3)
              Guy "Juice" Ceedat has an Average score of 73.5 Points (70 75 75 divided by 3)

              Willy Everride has an Aggregate score of 17 Points on 2 head (85 80 on 2)
              Guy "Juice" Ceedat has an Aggregate score of 220 Points on 3 head (70 75 75 on 3)

       By definition, Willy Everride is the Average winner, which by industry standards is wrong.
       By definition, Guy "Juice" Ceedat is the Aggregate winner, which by industry standards is 

In Summary:

A muti-go-round overall event champion is the Aggregate Champion, while the Average Champion would be the contestant that performed the best, but with less consistancy.