Track and Field Championship Rules
- The recommended date for County Track and Field
Championships is the second Saturday in June.
- The E.S.A.A. Championships shall be held each year on the second Saturday in July and the preceding day.
- The maximum size of County teams shall be determined by the groupings identified in rule 1(b) of the
- Group A - 60 athletes
- Group B - 35 athletes
- Group C - 25 athletes
- No boy or girl shall be nominated to compete in more than one event other than the Relay Race.
- All competitors entered for the Championships should have attained the necessary Entry Standard for their event as published in the E.S.A.A. Handbook.
- Entry forms of nominees shall reach the Track and Field Secretary at least 16 days before the first day of the meeting, and must be accompanied by such contributions per competitor and county steward, as the Track and Field Committee shall from time to time decide. No entries will be accepted from an Association whose affiliation fee is outstanding. No late or amended entries shall be accepted after the closing date as identified above.
- County Stewards must be in the ratio of at least one to every twelve competitors or part thereof, and include at least one man and one woman. Group A shall have as a maximum seven stewards, and Group B and C five stewards.
- That subject to the limitations in total entries as defined in
Competition Rule 14(a):-
- Three may be nominated in each individual event.
- Counties are allowed to enter a maximum of four relay events.
- Reserves may be nominated for a specified event or events in excess of the maximum entry, but, a reserve can only be substituted for the athlete whose original entry has been withdrawn subject to Rule 14(c). Such substitution will be accepted if received in writing by the Track and Field Secretary by 17.00 hours on the day before the meeting commences.
- If a relay team is entered the team may comprise any FOUR competitors entered under 15(a) and 15(c).
- The Association Junior Championships for boys 13 years and under 15 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 15 (fifteen) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 300 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 80 metres Hurdles; High Jump; Pole Vault; Long Jump; Triple Jump; Putting the Shot; Throwing the Javelin; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Hammer and 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- The Association Intermediate Championships for boys 15 years and under 17 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 18 (eighteen) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 400 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 3,000 metres; 100 metres Hurdles; 400 metres Hurdles; 1500 metres Steeplechase; High Jump; Pole Vault; Long Jump; Triple Jump; Putting the Shot; Throwing the Javelin; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Hammer and 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- The Association Senior Championships for boys 17 years and under 19 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 18 (eighteen) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 400 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 3,000 metres; 110 metres Hurdles; 400 metres Hurdles; 2000 metres Steeplechase; High Jump; Pole Vault; Long Jump; Triple Jump; Putting the Shot; Throwing the Javelin; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Hammer and 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- The Association Junior Championships for girls 13 years and under 15 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 11 (eleven) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 75 metres Hurdles; High Jump; Long Jump; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Javelin; Putting the Shot and the 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- The Association Intermediate Championships for girls 15 and under 17 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 17 (seventeen) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 300 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 3,000 metres; 80 metres Hurdles; 300 metres Hurdles; High Jump; Long Jump; Triple Jump; Pole Vault; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Javelin; Putting the Shot; Throwing the Hammer and the 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- The Association Senior Championships for girls 17 years and under 19 years will be decided on the total points gained in the following 18 (eighteen) events: 100 metres; 200 metres; 400 metres; 800 metres; 1,500 metres; 3,000 metres; 100 metres Hurdles; 400 metres Hurdles; 1,500 metres Steeplechase; High Jump; Triple Jump; Pole Vault; Long Jump; Throwing the Javelin; Putting the Shot; Throwing the Discus; Throwing the Hammer and the 4 x 100 metres Relay.
- In all events points shall be awarded as follows:- 1st in Finals 8; 2nd 7; 3rd 6; 4th 5; 5th 4; 6th 3; 7th 2; 8th 1. In addition two points shall be awarded to every competitor qualifying for a National Standard or one point for an Entry Standard.
Should the Championships take place at a venue with fewer than
eight lanes points shall be awarded in all events as follows:- 1st in Final 8; 2nd 7; 3rd 6; 4th 5; 5th 4; 6th 3; etc.
- In all events duplicate numbers shall be worn, one on the breast and one on the back with the exception of High Jump and Pole Vault in which competitors shall wear one number which is visible either on breast or back.
- Starting blocks may be used by all competitors in the Senior Age Group, but by finalists only in the Junior and Intermediate Groups.
- Rounds and Heats
In all track events, when 1st Round heats are being arranged, it is recommended that as much information as possible about the performances of all competitors should be considered and the heats drawn so that, normally, the best performers progress to the next round. Whenever possible in individual events at least the first two in each heat shall qualify for the next round. For events 75m to 400m inclusive, and relays, where there are several successive rounds, lanes shall be drawn as follows:
- In the first round the lane order shall be drawn by lot.
- For the following rounds, athletes or teams shall be ranked after each round and, where applicable, placed in the heats of the next round in accordance with IAAF Rule 166.3, then for each race two draws will be made:
For events longer than 400m and any event where a single round (final) is required, lanes/starting positions shall be drawn by lot.
- one for the four highest ranked athletes or teams to determine placing in lanes 3, 4, 5 and 6
- the other for the other four lowest ranked athletes or teams to determine placings in lanes 1, 2, 7 and 8
- Where there are less than 8 lanes, the above system with the
necessary modifications should be followed
- Ranking order may be modified to ensure that as far as possible representatives of any county are placed in different heats
- The Relay Events shall be 4 x 100 metres.
The composition of the team may be changed after a heat has been run and the
members of the team may change their order of running.
- In the Hurdle Events conditions shall be:-
- If the course is laid out with a lap of 394m, the Steeplechase conditions should be:-
- 2,000 metres - Distance to first hurdle 203.8m. Four laps via the water
jump = 1,576m. The distance from the 21st to the 23rd Hurdle = 158m.
Distance from the last hurdle to the finish = 62.2m.
N.B. Obstacles are 79 metres apart excepting hurdles 3 and 4 which are
78 metres apart. (18 hurdles, 5 water jumps).
- 1,500 metres - If the course is laid out with a lap of 394 metres, the
1,500 metres distance will consist of 312 metres to be run from the start
line to the commencement of the first lap followed by three complete
laps; the initial 312 metres shall include one hurdle at the beginning of
the home straight, 16 obstacles (13 hurdles, 3 water jumps).
- In the High Jump the starting height for the competition shall be 19cm below the National Standard height for the event. The bar shall be raised first by two increments of 5cm and then by three increments of 3cm to the National Standard height and thereafter by increments of 3cm.
- In the Pole Vault the starting height for the competition shall be 50cm below the National Standard height for the event. The bar shall be raised first by two increments of 15cm and then two increments of 10cm to the National Standard height and thereafter by increments of 10cm.
- In the Triple Jump the distance between the take-off boards and the near edge of the jumping pit shall be:- Junior Boys, Intermediate Girls and Senior Girls 9 metres and 11 metres and Intermediate and Senior Boys 11 metres and 13 metres. Competitors shall elect to take off from either board and having so elected shall continue to do so throughout the competition, unless, in the opinion of the judges, their selection constitutes a safety hazard.
- The specification for Field Event implements shall be:-
|Putting the Shot|
|Throwing the Hammer|
|Throwing the Discus|
|Age Group||Min Weight||Thickness at Centre||Diameter|
|Throwing the Javelin|
|Age Group||Min Length||Max Length||Distance from tip of metal head to centre of gravity||Min Weight|
|Junior Girls||75 to 88 cm||500gm|
|Inter Girls||75 to 88 cm||500gm|
|Senior Girls||220cm||230cm||80 to 92 cm||600gm|
|Junior Boys||220cm||230cm||80 to 92 cm||600gm|
|Inter Boys||230cm||240cm||83 to 101 cm||700gm|
|Senior Boys||260cm||270cm||90 to 106 cm||800gm|
- In all throwing events competitors may use their own implements provided these are submitted to the referee for approval. No competitor shall be allowed to use another's implement without the prior permission of the owner.
- In all Field Event Championship Finals except High Jump and Pole Vault, competitors shall be allowed three trials each and the leading EIGHT three more.
- Where it is considered advantageous in Championship Field Events, qualifying rounds shall be held prior to the Championships proper.
All competitors who reach National Standard in qualifying rounds shall compete in the Finals.
If in the qualifying round less than 12 athletes achieve National Standard then the first
two in each pool plus a requisite number of best losers from either pool shall qualify for
the final. Distances and heights achieved in qualifying rounds shall be recognised for
the award of Standards and Best Performances, otherwise performances achieved in qualifying
rounds shall NOT be considered part of the competition proper.
Once competitors have reached the National Standard, they shall NOT take any further
trials in the qualifying round.