Rules & Policies


Notes

  • Each competitor is individually responsible for promptly and on time reporting for each event entered.
  • Relays Team entries, INCLUDING ATHLETES NAMES AND ORDER, must be submitted during the online registration. No relay teams will be entered following the registration deadline. On the day of the meet team coaches can submit their final athletes order should there be any changes after registration. Should there be any changes, the final order of athletes must be given at the Athlete Control Area one (1) hour prior to scheduled start time. Schools can enter one (1) scoring relay team per event in each division and gender.
  • Athletes should be ready to compete shortly after they are called to the start. Practice time before each start will be kept to a minimum, 1-2 minutes.
  • A participant may compete in up to two individual events.
  • The 300m/400m, 800m, 1200m/1500m, 2000m/3000m events are open to all age categories. Athletes are asked to make a choice as these events may be run simultaneously or back-to-back with no rest time in between.
  • All events will be run as Timed Section Finals (TSF).
  • In all events, Midget age athletes will compete first followed by the next age category. To avoid empty lanes, however, race organizers reserve the right to combine some events.
  • Combined races - Where we have to run two or more age categories together, the events will be ranked separately. For example, in the 60m, we may have one participant in each division. In such case, there will be one race, instead of two or more races, and participants from all divisions will run together. Please note that NLAA and Athletics Canada rules do not allow mixed gender (female and male) races.

Competition Rules

The competition will be conducted as per the IAAF Handbook and variations as per Athletics Canada and NLAA rules.

  • Timing - FinishLynx Photo Finish System and Hy-Tek Meet Manager will be in use for the meet.
  • Starting Commands for sprinting events (400m and shorter): “On your marks”, “Set”, the gun will be fired
  • Starting Commands for 600m/800m/1200m/2000m/3000m events: “On your marks”, the gun will be fired. Standing Start!
  • Running in lanes for sprinting events (300m and shorter): all runners must remain in their assigned lanes for the duration of the race from start to finish. In the 50m/60m/200m/300m, each athlete will have a separate lane at the start. The races will be run entirely in lanes.
  • In the 400m and 600m events a two (2) turn stagger start will be used with one (1) competitor per lane at the start, runners must stay in their assigned lanes during the first 2 turns, after they cross the “breakline” runners can cut into Lane 1.
  • False Start: Athlete(s) responsible for the false start will be disqualified
    • Start Rule modified for Elementary Schools: For athletes competing in the Elementary School competition only, one false start will be allowed per race without disqualification of an athlete. Any further false starts shall result in disqualification of the athlete making the false start.
  • A crouch start and the use of starting blocks is mandatory for 60m, 200m, 300m/400m events.
    • The usage of Starting Blocks in the Elementary level competition is not allowed.
  • Starting position for the Elementary level competition is optional in the 60m and 200m - Crouch Start, Standing or 3-point start.
  • Middle-distance events: 800m/1200m/2000m/3000m - all starts will be made from a standing position
  • Middle-distance running in lanes: runners begin from a common start line and may cut to the inside lane after the first turn or crossing the breakline.
  • Each competitor is individually responsible for promptly and on time reporting for each event entered.
     

Relays - Passing Zones

  • Passing zones are 20m long, centered on the starting line for each leg.
  • The baton must be carried by hand, if dropped it must be retrieved by the runner who dropped it.
  • The baton must be exchanged within the passing zone (position of baton is decisive).
  • In the 4x200m race, all the first leg and the first bend of the second leg up to the nearer edge of the breakline must be run in lanes.
  • The second, third and fourth athletes are not permitted to begin running outside their takeover zones, and must start within this zone.
  • The waiting athletes in the third and fourth legs of the 4x200m race must, under the direction of a designated official, place themselves in their waiting position in the same order (inside to out) as the order of their respective team members as they enter the last bend.

Track Footwear and Pins

No outside footwear is allowed on the track. All participants must wear indoor sneakers or gym shoes. Any shoes designed for turf sports are not allowed. Participants may not compete in their bare feet, slippers or socks.

  • Athletes part of the Elementary Schools Competition are NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKED SHOES.
  • Junior HS and older: Only athletes approved by the NLAA Office may wear track spikes (3mm).
    • STRICTLY ENFORCED: Athletes wearing spikes with spike length longer than 3mm will be asked to remove their spikes and run wearing their indoor sneakers.
    • Athletes wearing spikes without permission will be disqualified and barred from further competition in the meet.
    • ABSOLUTELY no spikes are to be permitted on the green synthetic surface as it will damage the floor. This regulation will be strictly enforced by field house staff and NLAA volunteers/officials.
    • ONLY 3mm spiked shoes will be permitted for competition, 6mm or 9mm spikes are not permitted. Any athlete who does not follow this policy will immediately lose access to the Competition.
    • Athletes using approved spiked shoes must stay on the track surface at all times.