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Recover your yearly coaching fee by competing in 6 or more of the following events, remember to get your record card signed after the event.

Record Cards can be collected after training from your coach.

 

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What Happens at an Athletics Track & Field Event?

 
Athletics is split into two major disciplines, Track (Running Events) and Field (Jumps and throwing Events).  The specific events open to different age groups is set out by UK Athletics.  So for example u11's get to take part in long jump, while under 13's also get High Jump, Under 15's in addition get triple jump and Pole Vault.  Similarly for running, the younger athletes have a smaller choice of events.  Indeed some meetings limit u11's from taking part in two long distance events, for example they could not enter a 1500m and a 800m race, and could be disqualified from both if they did enter.
 
Most athletic events start at around 10:30am with the Pole Volt,  Hammer and Vortex throw.  For example in the wessex league timetable Quad Kids (u11) Group 1 start the vortex at 10:45.   Note, the event start time is when it starts, athletes should be assembled at the designated area approximately 15 minutes before to register and if time permits to have a practice (for most field events if the official permits it).  Events then go on through out the day starting at their allotted time.   The day ends around 5pm.
 
A little information about the athletics field.  Spectators and non competing athletes in-the-particular-event should not be on the track or field.  No one, except for officials, should be within the landing zone for throwing events.  The centre field should be roped-off from the sides, do not cross this safety line at any time.
 
Track events get one go, you run your best and get a time and position.
 
Field events have a number of trials, normally 3, though some events may have up to 6 for the top performers.  For High jump you get three trials at each height until you fail to clear the height in 3trials.
 
Track and Field events take place at the same time.  When choosing events do consider the timetable.  So it's possible that an athlete needs to be in two places at once.  In an ideal world an Athlete would not be placed into such a situation, but for a small club like ours this unfortunately happens (not quad kids).  When this happens go to the field event and register and tell the official that you will have to go to the track event.  Understand that the placings for trials is pre-determined (your go is in a set list).  The rules state that the athlete should be there at the beginning of each trial stage to compete in that trial.   If you find yourself in this position simply take as many trials as you can, then go and compete in the track event, and then return to the field event as you may be able to fit another trial in.  But understand that it is not always possible.  
 
Each event is officiated by a host of voluntary officials from each club present, numbers of Volunteers are often made up of parents.   Certain roles have to be carried out by qualified officials for safety reasons, for example in throwing events only Field Officials with a level 2b are allowed to patrol the landing zone. 
 
To compete, each athlete must wear a club vest, their assigned number on back and front and suitable clothing (no longer allowed to be naked)!  Athletes will get their number and pins when registering on the day.  Wear spikes if you have them, but they are not a requirement.
 
 
 Stacey
 

What happens at a Cross Country Event?

Organisation wise it is generally a simpler affair as it mostly consists of multiple races split by age categories with different starting times.  However, there is normally a larger number of bodies attending to compete and watch and so it can be disorientating and difficult to park the car.

  • Aim to be at the location a good hour before your race to allow for parking and possibly a walk to the start.
  • Car share as much as possible.
  • Have warm and dry clothes to put on before and after your race.

Athletes wear a number to identify them for scoring, time and place in race.  So the first thing to do when arriving is to find your club and get registered and receive your number.  Often the same number may be assigned to an athlete for the season so please return your number to your club at the end of your race for the next event.

At the start of the race athletes line up behind the start line.  some leagues impose a rule that states a club has to form singlefile lines behind their own athletes for the start.  Once the singlefile line is has so many athletes in it a new line may be created.  Refer to the rules of the league.

The start of a race may begin with a gun, a whisle or a spoken command.

Cross country races may go through muddy fields, through large puddles, through woods, over furrowed fields, through stone-studed paths, up and down hills and through all sorts of weather!  It is that which makes them fun and an achievment.  It is also that which can sometimes make an athlete feel exhausted and physically sick!  So be aware!

At the end of the race, just past the finish line, the athletes are funneled into a single-file line so that their numerical order in which they completed can be written down and their times later associated with them.   Once an athlete has crossed the finish line they should not swap places or leave the funnel until they have been recorded.  Please don't ask the officials for your time, they will be busy collecting and collating the other times.

  • Please take your litter home.
  • Beware that some locations are strictly non-smoking areas, please respect the land owners wishes. 

For more information refer to the Junior X-Country leagues page

 
Stacey
 


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