Participants may enter in ANY three individual events, plus a relay (member of one relay team).
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.
Participants will be disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct. They may not participate further in that meet and will lose any previously earned awards.
Schools 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.
Competitors should be excused from a field event so that they may participate in a running event. Athletes must return to the field event immediately following the completion of that running event.
Participants are individually responsible for appearing on time and reporting promptly for each event.
All athletes must be on site approximately forty (40) minutes before 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.
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.
An athlete must have a racing helmet that is a hard protective shell and recognized with an international safety standard.
An athlete can use racing gloves (soft or hard gloves).
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"
NEW: 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.
NEW: The ball must be held in both hands directly behind the head and must be thrown/released with both hands.
NEW: 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.
NEW: If an athlete chooses a split stance position, the rear leg/foot can be dragged or lifted.
UPDATED: 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.
UPDATED: Follow through of the arms is permitted and encouraged.
Before the ball is released, both feet must remain behind the line.
Athletes must not jump.
After the ball is released, the athlete may fall forward.
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 the ground during the throw and release.
NEW: stepping on the foul line before the ball lands on the floor.
NEW: 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.
step on the line while still holding the ball;
one foot is off the ground while 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 centimetre.
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.
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 the competition.
No part of the participant’s foot may cross over the edge of the scratchboard/tape before 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 scratchboard/tape to that part of the participant’s body that lands closest to the scratchboard/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.
Participants may not wear shoes designated for spikes.
Lane and position will be drawn by chance.
Starting blocks are not permitted.
The 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 the second false start will be disqualified.
All events are finals or timed finals.
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 into 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 breakline must be run in lanes.
General Relay Information
There can only be 4 athletes on each relay team
A school can enter up to 3 relay teams per gender in each grade category: 3&4 and 5&6
Relay teams cannot be mixed between participants in grades 3&4 and 5&6. All grades 3&4 must participate in the morning relay teams, and those in grades 5&6 must participate in the afternoon session relays.
Relay teams cannot be comprised of mixed gender participants. Girls teams must be composed of all girls, and boys teams must run with all boys.
An athlete can only be a member of one relay team.
NEW RELAY TEAMS MUST BE submitted to the NLAA office before the registration deadline. Schools must enter their relay teams in the running order.
There are no alternates. Students who are participating in TrackFest for the relay event ONLY must be registered online as a spare. Failure to register these students as spares will result in the student not being registered for the meet, and having no t-shirt or certificate available for them on race day.
On meet day, schools can use the Relay Declaration Form, inside the “Coach’s Package”, to make substitutions with eligible athlete(s) OR change relay running order.
Final Declaration Period:
Morning Session 9:00 am - 9:15 am;
Afternoon Session 1:45 pm - 2:00 pm.
Following the Final Declaration period, relay teams that have altered the declared order or team members will be disqualified.
Relay hip/lane numbers
Relay participants MUST wear a “hip” number placed on the top right side.
“Hip” numbers will be distributed during the relay team assembly.
The “hip” numbers are one-time use and must be removed after the relay event is over.
The “hip” numbers identify the lane the athlete starts the race in.
All members of the same relay team will have the same “hip” number.
Passing zones are 20m long, centered 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 (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.