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 races 400m and shorter: “On your marks”, “Set”, the gun will be fired
  • Starting Commands for races longer than 400m: “On your marks”, the gun will be fired. Standing Start!
  • Running in lanes for races 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 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
  • A crouch start and the use of starting blocks is mandatory for race 400m and shorter.
  • In races longer than 400m, all starts must be made from a standing position.
  • Races longer than 400m: runners begin from a common start line and may cut to the inside lane after the first turn or crossing the breakline.

Modified Rules for athletes competing in the Elementary School category:
Track Footwear
- Athletes part of the Elementary Schools Competition are NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKED SHOES.
False Start
- 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.
Starting Blocks
- The usage of Starting Blocks is not allowed
Starting position
- Starting position is optional for races 400m and shorter: Crouch Start, Standing or 3-point start.

  • It is the responsibility of each individual competitor to promptly report for their events.
  • 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.
  • Participants may compete in up to three events, including relays.
  • All events will be run as Timed Section Finals (TSF).
  • Overhead throw and Standing Long Jump - each athlete is allowed three trials, one attempt per round.
  • Afternoon session: Junior HS category athletes will compete first followed by the next category. To avoid empty lanes, however, race organizers reserve the right to combine some events.
  • Combined races - Where we have to run together two or more competition categories, 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 categories will run together.
  • Male and Female participants compete in separate categories.
  • Mixed races: Male and Female Athletes competing in the Wheelchair may participate together in some of the events but will be ranked separately. For all other categories, based on NLAA and Athletics Canada rules mixed gender (female and male) races are not allowed.

  • Teams must declare entries and running order during the online registration.
  • No limit to the number of relay teams a school/club can enter. Only one (1) team per school/club will score.
  • No relay teams will be added following the registration deadline. Should there be any changes to the teams running order, the team coach must submit the change to the Athlete control area one(1) hour before the scheduled start time.
  • 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.
  • 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, 5mm, 6mm, 7mm 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.

Overhead Throw


  • The overhead throw must be executed from a 4x4 foot throwing area; athletes cannot exit the boundaries of the throwing area before the ball lands on the floor.
  • Face in the direction of the throw.
  • The ball must be held in both hands directly behind the head and must be thrown/released with both hands.
  • Athletes can choose to stand with parallel feet or in a split stance; an active step(s) forward is permitted as long as they do not cross the foul line.
  • If an athlete chooses a split stance position, the rear leg/foot can be dragged or lifted.
  • Athletes can rock back and forth or take step(s) forward. Athletes are encouraged to keep their back straight and their core engaged; Athletes must not jump.
  • Follow through of the arms is permitted and encouraged.
  • stepping on the foul line before the ball lands on the floor.
  • Participant exits the boundaries of the throwing area before the ball lands on the floor.
  • “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 the 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.

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 allowed for each large wheel.
  • Mirrors are not allowed.
  • It is the responsibility of the athlete to ensure that no part of his/her 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.
  • No delay due to equipment failure.
  • Athlete must have a racing helmet that is a hard protective shell and recognized with an international safety standard.
  • Athlete 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.