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WARNING: a Javelin is a lethal weapon capable of being deflected by gusts of wind. Officials should be alert at all times.

Javelin specifications:
Weights –
400g– U11,U12, U13G, U14G
500g� U15G, U16G
600g� U13B, U14B, U15B,
700g� U16B

GENERAL:

  1. Athletes shall use implements provided by the centre
  2. Athletes shall compete in the order officially specified
  3. Each athlete will be allowed 3 trials with the athletes� best performances to a maximum of 8 allowed a further 3 trials. Except in the event of a tie, Each athlete will be credited with best performance of their trials with places determined on this basis.
  4. Once competition has begun, athletes shall not be permitted to use the runway or ground within the sector for practice trials, with or without implements.
  5. No markers such as flags or boards shall be used for indicating existing records within sector lines, but may be used outside the legal trial area.
  6. It is illegal to tape two or more fingers together unless to cover an open cut or wound. The use of gloves is not permitted.
  7. Athletes may wear a belt of leather or other suitable material.
  8. The javelin shall be held at the grip�it shall be thrown over the shoulder of upper part of the throwing arm and shall never be slung or hurled. Non-orthodox styles shall not be permitted.
  9. At no time during a throw until the javelin has been discharged into the air shall the athlete turn completely around, so their back is toward the throwing arc.
  10. For a valid throw, the tip of the javelin shall fall within the inner edges of the landing sector.
  11. A throw shall be valid only if the tip of the metal head strikes the ground be fore any other part of the javelin. The javelin does not have to stick in, but marking is easier if it does. When a javelin descends at a very low angle to the ground it may bounce shortly before producing what looked likely to be a fair landing. This shall be carefully watched to see if the point impacts first.
  12. Athletes shall not leave the runway until the implement has touched the ground. When leaving the runway, the first contact with the parallel lines or the ground out side the runway shall be complete be behind the white lines of the arc at right angles to the parallel lines.
  13. Provided that, in the course of a trial, the foregoing rules have not been in- fringed, an athlete may interrupt a trial once started, lay down the implement inside or out side the runway and begin a fresh trial.
  14. The javelin shall be carried back to the starting line, not thrown back.
IMPLEMENT WEIGHTS
350G U6-U8 Girls & Boys
500g U-9-U10 Girls & Boys
750g U11-U13 Girls & U11-U12 Boys
1kg U14-U15 Girls &U13-U15 Boys

TO BE A VALID THROW
Each athlete is allowed 3 trials (4 on championship day) The throw must be commenced from a stationary position. The athlete must not leave the circle until the discus has landed The athlete must not touch the top of the circle or the ground outside the circle during the throw with any part of their body. They are allowed to touch the insideof the ring. The athlete may enter the ring from any direction (but preferably from the rear half) but must exit from the REAR HALF of the ring. The athlete may, during the course of each trial, stop and place the Discus down in the ring and recommence the attempt, providing this occurs only once in any one trial, and no other infringement has occurred. If the athlete drops the Discus it may not be picked up and so it will be recorded as a no throw. The Discus must land so that the imprint mark is within the inner edges of the sector line.

METHOD OF MEASUREMENT
Official select the edge of the imprint mark made by the Discus closest to the ring where it first lands. The selected point is marked by a spike holding the zero end of the tape. The tape is drawn tight and through the centre of the circle. The distance is measured at the point where the tape crosses the inner edge of the ring. Each measurement is to the nearest whole centimetre below the distance thrown unless it is a whole cm. If the discus hits the cage and deflects back to land in the sector, it shall be a valid trial and measured. Ties are broken by referring to the next best throws.

IMPLEMENT WEIGHTS

1kg U6-U7 Girls & Boys

1.5kg U8 Girls & Boys

2kg U9-U12 Girls &U9-U12 Boys

3kg U13-U15 Girls &U12-U13 Boys

4kg U14-U15 Boys

TO BE A VALID THROW
Each athlete is allowed 3 throws (4 on championship day) The put must be commenced from a stationary position The athlete must not leave the circle until the Shot has landed. The athlete must not touch the top of the circle or stop board, or the ground outside the circle during the trial with any part of their body. They are allowed to touch the inside of the stop board. The athlete may enter the ring from any direction (but preferably from the rear half) but must leave from the REAR HALF of the ring. The athlete may, during the course of each trial, stop and place the Shot down in the ring and then recommence the attempt again, providing that this occurs only once in any one trial and that no other infringement has occurred. The Shot shall be Put from the shoulder with one hand only. At the start of the trial the Shot shall touch the jaw line, close to the ear and shall not be dropped below this position during the action of putting. The Shot must land so that the imprint mark is within the inner edges of the Sector lines.

METHOD OF MEASUREMENT
Official selects the edge of the imprint mark made by the Shot closest to the ring when landing. The selected point is marked by a spike holding the zero end of the tape. The tape is drawn tight and through the centre of the circle. The distance is measured at the point where the tape crosses the inner edge of the ring. Each measurement is to the nearest whole centimetre below the distance thrown unless the reading is a whole centimetre. Ties are broken by referring to the next best throws.

SAFETY
Everyone should stand behind the thrower and the sector should be clear. The Shot should be carried back to the circle, never thrown OR ROLLED.

PREPARATION FOR EVENT

  • Ensure sandpit is level with run up. Sand may need to be dampened if too dry
  • Take off mat should be set at correct distance from sandpit

MAT PLACEMENT

  • For State finals the take-off area will be set up as follows:

U9-10B&G 6 metres

U11B&G+U12G 7 metres

U12B+U13B&G 8 metres

U14-15B&G 9 metres

BASIC RULES

  • Each athlete is allowed three trials (four trials on Championship day)
  • Definition of Triple Jump, consists of three distinct sections
  1. A HOP: Athlete takes off and lands on the same foot as that from which they have originally taken off from.
  2. A STEP: Athlete lands on the other foot (to that used on the hop)
  3. A JUMP: Athlete jumps from one foot and lands on one or both feet in the sand
  • A foul jump is recored if:
  1. any part of the athlete�s take off foot protrudes over the front line or side edge of the take-off mat or board.
  2. after completing the jump the athlete walks back through the pit
  3. in the course of landing the athlete touches the ground outside the landing area nearer to the take-off point than the nearest break in the landing area made by the jump. NB: The trailing leg may make contact with the runway during the jump.
  • No markers may be placed on the runway but can be used on the side. No markers may be placed closer to the pit than the take-off point or in the sand.
  • If in running up to take off an athlete passes the furthest edge of the mat, it will be called a trial
  • and a no jump even if the jump is not completed.
  • The run up may not exceed 40 metres.
  • In the event an athlete should land in the pit on their step, they should be allowed another trial
  • after the position of the take-off point is altered.
  • To be a valid jump the athlete MUST land in the pit.

MEASURING THE JUMP

  • Officials select the imprint made in the sand by foot, hand, etc. upon landing which is closest
  • to the take-off point. This point in the sand is marked by the spike holding the zero end of the tape.
  • The tape is straightened so it lays over and in contact with the imprint made by the take-off foot.
  • The tape is drawn tight and the distance measured to the nearest whole centimetre below the
  • distance jumped. For U13-15 athletes using the take-off board, the measurement must be taken from the front edge of the take-off board at a point straight back from the imprint in the sand.
  • If the athlete takes off before the mat or board, the jump shall be measured from the imprint in the sand to the back edge of the mat or the front edge of the board.
  • The competitor who has the longest measured distance from their best jump is recorded the winner.
  • In the event of a tie, a decision is made on their next best jumps recorded.

PREPARATION FOR EVENT
Ensure sandpit is level with run up – sand may be need to be dampened if too dry The front edge of the take off mat for U9-U12 athletes should not be less than 50cm or more than two metres from the front edge of the pIt; for U13-U15 athletes it should not be less than one metre or more than three metres. Indicator markers shall be distributed to all competitors to mark run-ups.

BASIC RULES
Every athlete is allowed three trials (four on championship day)
To be a valid jump, the athletes must:

  1. Take-off from one foot
  2. Place take-off foot on or behind the board.mat
  3. No markers may be placed on the runway but can be placed on the side.
  4. If, in running up to take off, an athlete passes the furthest edge of the mat it will be called a trial and a no jump even if the jump is not completed.
  5. If, after completing the jump an athlete walks back through the landing area, it is called a no jump.
  6. In the course of landing the athletes must not touch the ground outside the landing area nearer to the take-off point than the nearest break in the landing area made by the jump.
  7. The run-up may not exceed 40-metres

MEASURING THE JUMP

  • Official selects break (imprint) made in the sand by foot, hand etc. upon landing which is closest to the take-off point. This point in the sand is marked by the spike holding the zero end of the tape.
  • The tape is straightened so it lays over and in contact with the imprint made by the take-off foot. The tape is drawn tight and the distance measured to the nearest whole centimetre below the distance jumped. For U13/U15 athletes using the take-off board, the measurement must be taken from the front edge of the take-off board at a point straight back from the imprint in the sand.
  • If the athlete takes off before the mat or board, the jump shall be measured from the imprint in the sand to the back edge of the mat or the front edge of the board.
  • The competitor who has the longest measured distance from their best jump is recorded the winner. In the event of a tie, a decision is made on their next best jumps recorded.
BEFORE COMPETITION

The Chief Judge shall: Ensure that all aspects of the landing area and run up are safe for athletes. Ensure the platforms that support the cross bar are caing the opposite upright. Allow competitors a practice jump to check their run up. Set the bar at the correct starting height, measurement shall be checked with the measuring stick perpendicular to the ground at the lowest point of the cross bar and the top of the bar, ie middle of the bar. Measure outer edges higher so middle of the bar is correct height. Uprights and landing area should be designed so there is a clearance of at least 100mm between them to avoid displacement of the crossbar through a movement of the landing area causing contact with the uprights.

INSTRUCTIONS

The bar should be raised in 5cm increments until there are six competitors or less, then in increments of 2cm or increments of not less than 2cm unanimously agreed to by the remaining athletes. The final competitor may continue to jump, at height rises agreed with the Chief Judge, until the competitor has three successive failures. An athlete may commence jumping at any height above the starting height. Three consecutive failures regardess of the height disqualifies the athlete. An athlete may approach the bar from any angle An athlete must take off from one foot only – diving over the bar is not recommended If the bar falls after the athlete has landed and left the mat it MAY be considered a failure. It is the the decision of the judge if the bar falls because it was touched by the athlete. If an athlete fails to complete the jump within 90 seconds, the failure will be recorded at the height of the bar at which the athlete was attempting (ie. an athlete may abort a trial as many times as they like provided that the trial is commenced and completed in 90 seconds). If the athlete touches the ground or equipment (including the landing area beyond the plane of the uprights) with any part of the body and fails to complete a successful jump, it is considered a failure.

DETERMINING THE RESULT

  • The athlete who jumps the greatest height is the winner.
  • In a tie the athlete with the least failures at the last height cleared shall be awarded the higher place. If the tie remains the athlete with the least failures throughout the competition, including the last height cleared, shall be awarded the higher place.
  • If the tie still remains and concerns first place the athletes shall have one more jump at the last height, if no decision is reached the bar shall be lowered, each athlete shall have one jump at each height until the tie is decided.
  • If it concerns any other place, the athletes shall be awarded equal place in the competition.

SAFETY

  • The upright/posts may be moved during competition only if the Chief Judge, in consultation with the arena manager/referee considers the take-off or landing area has become unsuitable and dangerous.
  • The uprights//posts may then be moved at the end of the round.
  • The landing area should be maintained in a safe condition. If a number of small bags are used then it should be ensured that there are no gaps.
BEFORE COMPETITION

The Chief Judge shall: Ensure that all aspects of the landing area and run up are safe for athletes. Ensure the platforms that support the cross bar are caing the opposite upright. Allow competitors a practice jump to check their run up. Set the bar at the correct starting height, measurement shall be checked with the measuring stick perpendicular to the ground at the lowest point of the cross bar and the top of the bar, ie middle of the bar. Measure outer edges higher so middle of the bar is correct height. Uprights and landing area should be designed so there is a clearance of at least 100mm between them to avoid displacement of the crossbar through a movement of the landing area causing contact with the uprights.

INSTRUCTIONS

The bar should be raised in 5cm increments until there are six competitors or less, then in increments of 2cm or increments of not less than 2cm unanimously agreed to by the remaining athletes. The final competitor may continue to jump, at height rises agreed with the Chief Judge, until the competitor has three successive failures. An athlete may commence jumping at any height above the starting height. Three consecutive failures regardess of the height disqualifies the athlete. An athlete may approach the bar from any angle An athlete must take off from one foot only – diving over the bar is not recommended If the bar falls after the athlete has landed and left the mat it MAY be considered a failure. It is the the decision of the judge if the bar falls because it was touched by the athlete. If an athlete fails to complete the jump within 90 seconds, the failure will be recorded at the height of the bar at which the athlete was attempting (ie. an athlete may abort a trial as many times as they like provided that the trial is commenced and completed in 90 seconds). If the athlete touches the ground or equipment (including the landing area beyond the plane of the uprights) with any part of the body and fails to complete a successful jump, it is considered a failure.

DETERMINING THE RESULT

  • The athlete who jumps the greatest height is the winner.
  • In a tie the athlete with the least failures at the last height cleared shall be awarded the higher place. If the tie remains the athlete with the least failures throughout the competition, including the last height cleared, shall be awarded the higher place.
  • If the tie still remains and concerns first place the athletes shall have one more jump at the last height, if no decision is reached the bar shall be lowered, each athlete shall have one jump at each height until the tie is decided.
  • If it concerns any other place, the athletes shall be awarded equal place in the competition.

SAFETY

  • The upright/posts may be moved during competition only if the Chief Judge, in consultation with the arena manager/referee considers the take-off or landing area has become unsuitable and dangerous.
  • The uprights//posts may then be moved at the end of the round.
  • The landing area should be maintained in a safe condition. If a number of small bags are used then it should be ensured that there are no gaps.
STARTING PROCEDURE

  • For races up to 400 metres On your marks Set, and, where necessary, stand up. No time excessive, the command stand up is given.
  • If a false start occurs (ie when one or more runners gain an advantage) a second shot is fired. Offending athletes are warned by the starter and the starter gun is reloaded. If a second false start occurs by any previously warned competitors, they will be dis-qualified (except U6-U9). Multi-event athletes will be disqualified after 3 false starts.

HINTS ON STARTING – STANDING START

  • When called to take your marks, place your front foot just behind the line and relax.
  • When called to get set, lean forward, placing all your weight onto your front foot
  • And using your back foot only to steady yourself. Concentrate, waiting for the sound of the gun.
  • When the gun fires, take off without moving backwards.

CROUCH STARTS

  • When called to take your marks your hands should be behind the line, your front foot placed to allow your front knee to pass behind the nearest elbow to it. Your back foot is placed so the knee is on the ground next to your front foot.
  • When called to get set, you must roll forward on your hands, lifting your bottom into the air as you do so. Your front leg would ideally be at 90deg. and your back leg would ideally be at 120 deg. From this position, with or without blocks, you will get the best possible start.

WALKING EVENTS

  • Race walking is a progression of steps so taken that the walker makes contact with the ground so that no visible (to the human eye) loss of contact occurs.
  • The advancing leg shall be straightened (ie not bent at the knee) from the moment of first contact with the ground until the vertical upright position.

U7 & – 8 400m EVENT

This event is run as a distance event with a mass start from a curved line. If there are large numbers in an age group, the event could be run as two heats, graded as other track events are graded.

  1. Any number of competitors from one club may compete in any event in a particular age group.
  2. Each club must supply its quota of officials before the start of the programme.
  3. Each club must be under the control of a Team Manager.
  4. Misbehaviour by athletes will be referred to their Team Manager
  5. All athletes must wear club uniform with correct age group identification FIXED SECURELY. Sponsors name must be clearly visible.
  6. Upon leaving the recorders, athletes must report to their Team Managers immediately.
  7. Any protest by an athlete, parent or club will only be heard if lodged by the Team Manager in writing within 15 minutes of the event finishing, with the Area Manager. Cost $20 (refunded if protest upheld)
  8. Only designated officials and athletes are permitted on the arena.
  9. Any athlete who arrives late to an event may not be permitted to compete unless delayed by another event, in which case the Team Manager must have notified the official in charge of the second event.
  10. Any general complaint regarding officials, programme etc. will only be heard if made in writing and lodged with the centre secretary by the following Wednesday.
  11. Track events take precedence over field events.
  12. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all events. Spikes may be worn by U12-U16 athletes in laned track events and long and triple jump, and only at the event. Maximum length 12mm.
  13. Rules for inter-centre and special meetings will be posted at the pavilion.
  14. Athletes must not jump over stacked hurdles or jump back over hurdles at any time.
  15. Athletes must not cross the main straight at any time.
  16. WALK EVENTS: athletes must wear a numbered bib (supplied) while competing in walk events.
  17. The 150m, 200m, and 300m/h will be by staggered start. The 400m event for U7 & U8 athletes will start from a curved line, all other age groups will be a staggered start. All other distance events will start from a curved line.
  18. At the start or at any time during a race, an athlete must not `cut in so that they interfere with or in any way cause another athlete to change speed or direction.
  19. No call for events will be made after noon or 8.30pm at twilight meetings.
  20. Misbehaviour before a track event may result in the athlete(s) concerned being excluded from the event by the starters marshall or the track referee.
  21. Misbehaviour during a field event may result in an athlete being penalized or disqualified from that event by the chief official or the field event referee.
  22. Spectators must not cross the running tracks at any time without permission.
  23. Only persons in official capacities will be allowed in the centre of the area, club personnel acting as attendants to their team come under the jurisdiction of the Chief Official at that event. Should any team manager, parent, coach etc. interfere in the run-ning of an event or attempt to coach, their athlete/s face disqualification. Exceptions can be made for children with special needs.
  24. HIGH JUMP: three attempts will be allowed at each height. Each jump shall be attempted within 90 seconds of being called to jump.
  25. WALKS: U7, no disqualification rule applies to walk events. Under 8-15 disqualification rule applies to all walk events.
  26. In the event of heats and a final. First from heats and next fastest qualify for final.
  27. Athletes must leave the arena as soon as their event has been completed.
  28. Athletes MUST NOT report for an event until called over the public address.
  29. Individual age groups will be asked to report to their team managers by the announcer prior to the call of each event.
  30. Athletes must not ride bicycles within the grounds.
  31. During the meeting, Cherry Lake, the hockey grounds and the walkway to McIntyre Dr., are out of bounds. Athletes found out of bounds may not, at the discretion of their team Manager, be permitted to take any further part in the days events.
  32. No alcohol is permitted on the grounds while competition is in progress
  33. No athlete shall attempt to gain an advantage at the finish of the sprint track by reaching out to trip the automatic timing sensor. Any attempt to do this will result in the offending athlete being disqualified from the race and their result not recorded.
  34. All athletes must report to the marshalling area prior to reporting to the event venue. Failure to do so may result in the offending athlete(s) being excluded from the event.
  35. The throwing of water and/or water bombs is prohibited within the confines of the ground

NB: All sporting activities have rules. It is better for an athlete to be made aware of errors at centre level during the season than face greater disappointment at centre, region or state championships.