TrackFest 2017 (Grades 3/4 & 5/6)
 
 
 
 
 

Rules



General

  • A participant may enter in ANY three events, including and counting relays.
    A participant may enter in up to 3 events, including relay (2 running and 1 field or 1 running and 2 field)
  • All competition categories are School Grade based.
  • All participants must compete in their grade and gender division, regardless of age.
  • In all events, any shoes designed for turf sports are not allowed.
  • Participants may not compete in their bare feet, slippers or socks.
  • A participant will be disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. He/she may not participate further in that meet and will lose any previous earned awards.
  • A school can enter up to three (3) girls and boys in each event/category into TrackFest.
  • In the Two-hand overhead throw and Standing Long Jump each competitor is allowed three (3) trials.
  • In the relay, the acceleration zone will not be used and aids may not be used.
  • A competitor should be excused from a field event so that he/she may participate in a running event. The individual shall return to the field event immediately following the completion of that running event.
  • Each participant is individually responsible for promptly and on time reporting for each event entered.
  • All athletes must be on site approximately forty (40) minutes prior to the start of their event. ON MEET DAY - START TIMES CAN BE MOVED UP BY UP TO 20 MINUTES! Athletes that have not checked-in will not be allowed to participate.

Hurdles (Grades 3-4 / Grades 5-6)

  • Distance: 50m/60m
  • Number of hurdles: 4/5
  • Colour of Track Marking -  Yellow 
  • Start line to first hurdle: 11.50m/13.00m
  • Distance between hurdles 8.50m
  • Last hurdle to finish line: 13.00m
  • Height of hurdles: 8"

Two-hand overhead throw from standing position Soccer Throw

  • Two-hand Overhead Throw rules (updated May 24, 2017):
    • Face in the direction of throwing
    • Release the ball while two feet are behind the line
    • Hold and release ball with two hands
    • Start and finish throw with two feet parallel AND side by side to each other; no foot-dragging allowed
    • Athletes can rock back and forth (alternating lifting heels and toes off the ground)
    • Both feet (either heel or toe) must be in contact with ground during the throw and release
    • Athletes must not jump, or take any steps into the throw
    • Athlete can fall forward after the ball has been released from hands
    • Arms can follow-through forward
    • Fouls:
      1. step on the line while still holding the ball;
      2. one foot is off the ground while releasing the ball;
      3. “stumbling/stepping” over the throwing line before releasing the ball.
  • Each participant will be allowed three throws. Throws are not taken consecutively, but rather by rounds. All three throws will be recorded to the nearest 0.01m below the distance measured if the distance measured is not a whole centimeter.
  • Participants are allowed to one practice throw before the start of competition.
  • The measurement is taken perpendicular to the edge of the scratch line/tape or its extension.
  • Each athlete is credited with the best of all his/her trials. The second best performance of the athletes having the same best performances shall determine whether there has been a tie, then, if necessary, the third best.

Standing Long Jump

  • Each participant will be allowed three jumps. Jumps are not taken consecutively, but rather by rounds. All three jumps will be recorded to the nearest 0.01m below the distance measured if the distance measured is not a whole centimeter.
  • Participants are allowed to one practice jump before the start of competition.
  • No part of the participants foot may cross over the edge of the scratchboard/tape prior to the jump attempt. At the start of the jump, both feet must be parallel to one another. If any part of the foot crosses over the scratch board/tape, or if the contestant’s feet are not parallel (i.e., they are staggered) at the beginning of the attempt, the jump is a “foul” --that is, it counts as an attempt, but does not count for distance.
  • The jump is measured from the front edge of the scratch board/tape to that part of the participant's body that lands closest to the scratch board/tape at the completion of the jump. In other words, if a child falls or steps backward, the jump will be measured to their hand/foot/whatever closest to the scratchboard/tape. Children should walk out of the FRONT of the pit area/jumping area to avoid unnecessary penalty.
  • The measurement is taken perpendicular to the take-off line or its extension.
  • Each athlete is credited with the best of all his trials. The second best performance of the athletes having the same best performances shall determine whether there has been a tie, then, if necessary, the third best.

Running Events

  • Participants may not wear shoes designated for spikes.
  • Lane and position will be drawn by chance.
  • Starting blocks are not permitted.
  • Starting position is optional - Crouch Start, Standing or 3-point start.
  • An athlete / relay team is allowed one false start. An athlete / relay team responsible for second false start will be disqualified.
  • All events are finals or timed finals.
  • Starting Commands:
    • Up to and including 400m and relays:
      1) “On your marks”; 2) “Set”; 3) the gun will be fired.
    • For 600m event:
      1) “On your marks”; 2) the gun will be fired.

  • Running in lanes:
    • In the 50m/60m, 50mH/60mH, 150m/200m/300m athletes must run the entire distance in their designated lanes.
    • In the 600m
      • all starts will be made from a standing position
      • up to 12 runners will be seeded in each race start
      • athletes will be divided in two groups with one group of approximately two thirds of the athletes on the regular arced start line and the other group on a separate arced start line marked across the outer half of the track. The other group shall run as far as the end of the first bend on the outer half of the track where the athletes in the outer group will join the athletes using regular start.
    • In the 4 x 200m relay each athlete/team will start in a separate lane; all the first leg and the first bend of the second leg up to the nearer edge of the break line must be run in lanes.

  • 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.