Competition Rules and Policies

The Junior HS Championships will be conducted per the World Athletics (WA) Handbook and variations as per Athletics Canada and NLAA rules.

  • Timing: FinishLynx Photo Finish System and Hy-Tek Meet Manager will be used for the meet.
  • Starting Commands:
    1. Races 400m and shorter: “On your marks,” “Set,” the gun will be fired
    2. Races longer than 400m: “On your marks,” the gun will be fired. Standing Start!
  • Running in lanes:
    1. Races 400m and shorter: all runners must remain in their assigned lanes for the race duration, from start to finish.  Each athlete will be assigned a separate lane in the 100m/200m/300m, and races will be run entirely in lanes.
    2. Races longer than 400m: Runners begin from a common start line and may cut to the inside lane immediately after the start of the race.
  • False Start: Athlete(s) responsible for the false start will be disqualified.
  • Starting Positions:
    • Races 400m and shorter: A crouch start and starting blocks are mandatory for 400m and shorter.
    • Middle-distance events: 800m/1200m/2000m - all starts will be made from a standing position.
  • Track Spikes Pins:
    ⇒ Not to exceed 11 per shoe
    ⇒ Track - maximum 7 mm / Runways - maximum 9 mm
    ⇒ Needles and cone only; no trees shape spikes will be allowed
  • High Jump increments: each increase of the bar will be uniform throughout the competition: 5cm.

  • All participants must compete in their grade and gender identification division.
  • Participants may compete in up to three events, plus a relay.
  • All athletes must individually register for the meet through TrackieReg online registration system. In some cases, schools may register the entire team online; please confirm with your school who is responsible for the meet registration.
  • Online Registration confirmation is the responsibility of each participant or the teacher/coach/parent completing the registration. After entering all personal information, you must click on  PROCEED TO STEP 2  for payment. Clicking on  SAVE & COMPLETE LATER  will not register participants for the event. Athletes successfully registered for the meet will have THEIR NAME APPEAR IMMEDIATELY ON THE CONFIRMATION LIST.
  • Athletes must report to track events 20 minutes before the start of their event and 30 minutes before the start of the field events.
  • Any athletes unable to compete in an event must be scratched one hour before the start of the session. Substitutions are not allowed. Athletes will not be permitted to change events after the registration deadline.
  • Athletes who have entered an event, and did not compete without being properly scratched, will not be permitted to compete in the remainder of the competition.
  • It is the responsibility of each competitor to report for their events promptly.
  • 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 of 1-2 minutes.
  • All events will be run as Timed Section Finals (TSF).
  • Standing Long Jump (Special Olympics): each athlete is allowed three trials, one attempt per round.
  • Male and Female participants compete in separate categories.
  • Mixed races: Male and Female Athletes competing in the Wheelchair/SO/2000m may participate together in some of the events but will be ranked separately. Based on NLAA and Athletics Canada rules, mixed-gender (female and male) races are not allowed for all other categories.

  • School Designate/Coach must select Relay Members (4) from the list of participants registered on TrackieReg.
  • School Designate/Coach must register their RELAY TEAMS by submitting their school name and participants’ names in running order to the NLAA office via email to before the registration deadline (Thursday).
  • Schools are limited to entering one (1) relay team per gender.
  • No relay teams will be added following the registration deadline.
  • Relay Team Changes: No relay teams will be added following the registration deadline - Thursday, June 2.  Should there be any changes to the team’s running order, substitutions, or scratches, the team coach must submit these changes on Meet Day at the Bib Pick-up Area by 10:00 am, Saturday, June 4.
  • Passing zones are 20m long, centred on the starting line for each leg.
  • The baton must be carried by hand, and if dropped, it must be retrieved by the runner who dropped it.
  • The baton must be exchanged within the passing zone.
  • In the 4x100m relay, all participants must run in their assigned lanes.

Wheelchair Racing Basic Rules
  • The racing chair shall have two large wheels (not to exceed 70cm in diameter) and one small wheel (not to exceed 50cm in diameter).
  • No part of the racing chair may protrude behind the vertical plane of the back edge of the rear tires nor extend in front of the center of the front wheel hub.
  • One push rim is allowed for each large wheel.
  • Mirrors are not allowed.
  • The athlete’s responsibility is to ensure that no part of their lower limbs can fall from the wheelchair to the ground or track during an event.
  • The racing chair must be manually-propelled (no gears, levers or electronic steering). The athlete can propel a wheelchair independently.
  • There will be no delays due to equipment failure.
  • Athletes must wear a racing helmet that is a hard protective shell and recognized with an international safety standard.
  • Athletes can use racing gloves (soft or hard gloves).
  • In wheelchair races, the time shall be taken to the moment in which the centre of the axle of the leading wheel reaches the vertical plane of the nearer edge of the finish line.