GHAC TRACK AND FIELD GUIDELINES

Revised April 2018 (Adapted from Guidelines)

FACILITIES        2

WEATHER RAIN/LIGHTNING        2

CODE OF CONDUCT        3

PARA DIVISION & PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES        3

ENTRY FEES        4

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY/ENTRY AND NUMBER OF EVENTS        4

WILDCARD ENTRIES        4

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS        5

SCRATCHES        5

ANNOUNCING/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS        5

CONFLICTS BETWEEN TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS        5

EXTRA ROUNDS IN THROWING AND HORIZONTAL JUMPS        6

TIMED SECTION FINALS        6

ADVANCEMENT FROM HEATS TO FINALS        6

LANE ASSIGNMENTS        6

800 METER        7

STEEPLECHASE        7

HURDLES        8

STARTING HEIGHTS        8

POLE VAULT        8

THROWING EVENT IMPLEMENTS        9

TIMING/PHOTO FINISH        9

PROTESTS / JURY OF APPEAL        9

UNIFORMS        10

STARTING BLOCKS        10

FALSE STARTS        10

COACHING        11

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS/POINTS        11

QUALIFICATION TO FUTURE COMPETITIONS        11

RULES OF COMPETITION        11

AWARDS        12

AGE CATEGORIES        12

FACILITIES

  1. CHANGE ROOMS/WASHROOMS
  1. There are no change rooms available. Please come dressed for competition.
  2. Washroom facilities are available on site.
  1. FOOD SERVICE
  1. Food concession services will be available at the meet where possible.
  1. CLEANUP
  1. We are fortunate to have access to the excellent facilities provided. Let’s show our appreciation by leaving the site as clean as or cleaner than we found it. Please use the garbage pails provided. PLEASE DO NOT LITTER
  2. ALL SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO BRING GARBAGE BAGS AND CLEAN UP THEIR AREA WHEN THEY LEAVE
  1. INFIELD
  1. Coaches, spectators and non-competing athletes are not permitted on the infield.
  2. THE ONLY PEOPLE ON THE INSIDE OF THE TRACK SHOULD BE OFFICIALS AND ATHLETES WHO HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THEIR EVENTS
  3. ATHLETES SHOULD MOVE TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE TRACK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THEIR EVENT
  4. PLEASE COOPERATE TO ASSIST WITH THE EFFICIENT AND SAFE OPERATION OF THE MEET

WEATHER RAIN/LIGHTNING

  1. Track and field competitions are seldom rescheduled due to rain. Only in the case of severe weather conditions predicted for the whole day will the meet be moved to a rain day. P
  2. Please follow GHAC Track on Twitter for cancellation announcements in the case of severe weather.
  3. For safety reasons there may be delays during the meet in the case of severe weather conditions such as lightning.
  4. Participants should come prepared with proper attire for adverse weather conditions.

CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Appropriate conduct is expected from all participants at all times. Profanity, arguing with officials, taunting, throwing batons and other unacceptable behavior on the part of athletes and/or coaches may result in disqualification. The disqualification may be from the competition/event involved, the entire meet and possibly all future competitions.

PARA DIVISION & PHYSICAL AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES

  1. Classifications (Chart #1)
  1. Athletes  with A Visual Impairment
  1. T/F 11 – Blind
  2. T/F 12 – Very Limited Vision
  3. T/F 13 – Limited Vision
  1. Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment
  1. T/F 20 – IQ at or below 75
  1. Athletes with Cerebral Palsy
  1. F 32; F 33; T/F 34 – Wheelchair Athletes
  2. T/F 35 ; T/F 36; T/F 37; T/F 38 – Ambulatory Athletes
  1. Athletes with an amputation & Les Autres
  1. F 40 & F 41 – Dwarfs
  2. T/F 42; T/F 43; T/F 44 – Leg Amputees
  3. T/F 45; T/F 46; T/F 47 – Arm Amputees
  1. Athletes in a wheelchair
  1. T/F 51; T/F 52 – Quadriplegic
  2. T/F 53; T/F 54 – Paraplegic
  3. F 55; F56; F 57; F58 – Seated Throwing (various disabilities)
  1. The events are:

Race

Divisions

Classification – (Chart # 1)

100m

Visually Impaired

T/F 11, 12, & 13

100m

Intellectually Impaired

T/F 20

100m

Ambulatory

T/F 35 – 38 & 40 - 47

Race

Division

Classification– (Chart # 1)

200m

Wheelchair

T/F 34 & 51 - 54

Race

Division

Classification- (Chart # 1)

800m

Visually Impaired

T/F 11,12,13

800m

Ambulatory

T/F 35 – 38 & 40- 46

800m

Intellectually Impaired

T/F 20

  1. If you have athletes in the listed events please enter them in their appropriate categories.

ENTRY FEES

  1. Cheques for GHAC Fees should be Payable to GHAC and are due at registration.  
  2. This one-time GHAC entry fee covers:
  1. GHAC expenses - phototiming, facility rental, etc.
  2. GHAC share of OFSAA SOUTH REGION
  3. all OFSAA entry fees and participation fees for participating GHAC schools

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY/ENTRY AND NUMBER OF EVENTS

  1. All entries must qualify under GHAC and OFSAA eligibility rules.
  2. There shall be no more than 3 entries per school in individual events, except where Wildcard entries apply
  3. In relay events only one relay team per school in permitted.
  4. Competitors may enter a maximum of three individual events.
  1. All individual events must be in the same age class.
  1. An athlete may enter two relays - one age class relay and one open relay.
  2. An athlete may compete in the individual track and field events in his/her own age classification and them move up to a higher classification for an age class relay providing he/she does not compete in the relay or relays in his/her own classification.
  3. An athlete choosing to compete in individual events in a higher age class may still compete in his/her age class relay.
  4. All athletes, even SUBSTITUTES without any events, must be entered on the Entry/Eligibility sheets.
  5. All TRANSFER STUDENTS are subject to OFSAA Eligibility rules.
  6. More than four (4) athletes, up to eight (8), may be designated for a relay.
  7. All Entry/Eligibility sheets must be signed by the principal or designate.

WILDCARD ENTRIES

  1. Schools may use up to ten (10) Wildcard entries.  A maximum of five (5) for each gender to enter more than three (3) individuals into a single divisions event.  
  2. Wildcards may not be used for relays
  3. A maximum of 5 athletes per event. (e.g. school can enter a maximum of  5 midget girls in 100m, two wild cards used)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

  1. ONCE THE ENTRY WEBSITE IS CLOSED ENTRIES ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED.
  2. It is the school’s responsibility to check their entries carefully for accuracy.
  3. In an effort to make sure athletes are not penalized due to someone else’s error, we will endeavor to assist with reasonable additions and substitutions after the close of the entry website.
  1. Schools are required to contact the timer by email with the required information.

SCRATCHES

  1. Athletes can scratch (not compete) in a heat without penalty.  
  2. If an athlete advances to a semi, or final and does not compete, they will be ineligible for the remainder of that day’s events (including relays).
  3. Whenever possible, let the timer or event official know when an athlete will not be competing to avoid meet delays.  Heats will be combined to save time when scratches occur.

 ANNOUNCING/SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

  1. The times of the events indicated on the schedule should be regarded as approximate only. Events may be delayed or moved up to 30 minutes ahead.
  2. The order of events will not change unless approved by the Jury of Appeal..

CONFLICTS BETWEEN TRACK AND FIELD EVENTS

  1. Track events take precedence over field events.
  2. If an athlete has a schedule conflict, he/she must check in with the field event official and advise them that they are involved in a track event. He/she may then go to the track event but must then return immediately to the field event after the completion of the track event.
  3. The athlete(s) in conflict may request to be placed in a certain position in the order of the field event. For example they may request to be the last competitor in the order.
  4. When such a competitor returns to a throwing or horizontal jumping event he/she begins competing at the present round of competition. If the event has entered the 3 extra rounds for the top eight competitors the competitor must have completed a top eight qualifying jump in the preliminary round to be allowed any of the three extra attempts.
  5. A vertical jump competitor when returning to the event will be considered to have passed any rounds and will rejoin the competition according to the normal rules.
  6. A field event judge should not declare an event completed or begin the 3 extra attempts for the top eight without consulting with the field referee, if field competitors who have checked in are missing at track events.

EXTRA ROUNDS IN THROWING AND HORIZONTAL JUMPS

  1. After the three preliminary rounds, the top eight competitors will
  1. be reseeded (8th place goes first, 1st place goes last)
  2. Be given three extra attempts.

TIMED SECTION FINALS

  1. Seed Times are very important for track events!  We seed each heat based on these times.  
  2. Please use most recent actual performances where possible.  In cases where actual performances are unknown, use last year’s results as a guide.
  3. Seeding is not required for field events.
  4. In Timed Finals, the fastest eight (8) competitors will be seeded into the last heat. The next eight (8) fastest competitors will be seeded into the second last heat.
  5. The fastest four (4) in a heat will be seeded at random in the middle four lanes.
  6. If seeding times are not available the heats will be seeded at random.

ADVANCEMENT FROM HEATS TO FINALS

  1. Athletes will be seeded into heats as evenly as possible based on seed times provided.
  1. The heats will be arranged so that, normally, the best performers reach the final.
  1. Automatic advancers + next fastest times will be determined by the number of heats.
  2. The Track Marshall will know the number of automatic advancers at the start line marshalling.
  3. The winner of each heat will advance.
  4. Advancement will be according to the following pattern.
  1. 2 heats: top two (2) in each heat, plus next four (4) fastest times
  2. 3 or more heats: top finisher in each heat, plus the remainder determined by time
  3. If two competitors tie, according to time, for the last advancement position the competitor finishing higher in a heat will advance. If the tie still exists the times recorded to the 1/1000th will be used as the tie-breaker.
  1.  If eight or less competitors register or check-in for an event which has heats scheduled the heats will be collapsed to one and the event will be held as a final at the time the heats are scheduled.

LANE ASSIGNMENTS

  1. If recent times are available in sprint events contested in lanes the fastest four (4) competitors will be seeded at random into the middle four (4) lanes.
  2. In events not contested in lanes competitors will be assigned starting positions at random.

800 METER

  1. In the 800 meter an individual lane start, waterfall or box start will be used, depending on the number of athletes.
  2. In the case of lane or box starts, the competitors will run the first corner in their assigned lane or box.

STEEPLECHASE

  1. The standard distances shall be 1500m and 2000m
  2. There shall be eighteen (18) hurdle jumps and five (5) water jumps included in the 2000m event,
  3. There shall be thirteen (13) hurdle jumps and three (3) water jumps included in the 1500m event.
  4. For the steeplechase events, there shall be five (5) jumps in each lap once the finish line has been passed with the water jump as the fourth.
  5. The jumps shall be evenly distributed, so that the distance between the jumps is approximately one fifth the distance of each lap.
  6. The placement of the steeples and the position of the starting line will vary depending on the location of the water jump.  
  1. If the water jump in on the inside of the track each lap will be approximately 390m - 395m depending on the arc of the track.  
  2. If the water jump is on the outside of the track, each lap constitutes approximately 420m depending on the arc of the track
  1. The first hurdle in the 1500m event will be H5
  2. In the 2000m event the first hurdle will be H3.  
  3. Hurdles are numbered from the finish line whereas the water jump is H4.
  4. Each athlete shall go over or through the water.  
  5. An athlete shall be disqualified, if he/she Does not jump any hurdle Steps on the one side or other of the water jump, or
    Trails his foot or leg below the horizontal plane of the top of any hurdle at the instant of clearance.

HURDLES

STARTING HEIGHTS

  1. High Jump:

  1. The event official may modify these starting heights with the approval of the field referee.

POLE VAULT

  1. Pole Vault is not contested at GHAC, competitors wishing to advance to OFSAA South Region must earn a seed height this season at a High School Meet (including SOSSA or ROPSSAA championship meets).

THROWING EVENT IMPLEMENTS

Event

Gender

Age

Weight

Javelin

Girls

All

600g

Boys

Midget & Junior

600g

Boys

Senior

800g

Shot Put

Girls

Midget & Junior

3kg

Girls

Senior

4kg

Boys

Midget & Junior

4kg

Boys

Senior

5.443kg / 12lb

Discus

Girls

All

1kg

Boys

Midget & Junior

1kg

Boys

Senior

1.613kg

TIMING/PHOTO FINISH

  1. A Photo/Video Timing System will be used to record and determine times and places at the finish line.
  2. All finishes in sprint events and other races will be reviewed to determine official placements and times.
  3. The official placements will be based on the recorded finish.
  4. Initial placements determined by the finish line crew are only preliminary.
  5. Times are recorded to 1/1000th of a second and official results posted to 1/100th of a second according to IAAF rules.
  6.  If any school wishes to contest the final results an official protest may be requested

PROTESTS / JURY OF APPEAL

  1. Where concerns of officiating exist, the appropriate Track or Field referee should be contacted by the coach/staff advisor within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the event.
  2. If the coach is not satisfied with the referee’s decision, an official protest may be initiated.
  3. The coach filing the protest will submit in writing the nature of the protest including a $50 fee within 30 minutes of the discussion with the official.
  4. The protest will brought to the announcer’s booth to be passed over to the Jury of Appeal.
  5. The jury of appeal will be made up of two or more of the following people:
  1. Track and Field Convenor
  2. Meet Director
  3. Marshall
  4. Finish Line Judge
  5. HSSAA Convenor
  6. HWRCDSB Convenor
  1. Any decision regarding track and field rules they render will be final and may not be appealed to another level.

UNIFORMS

  1. Competitors must wear a school track uniform or school t-shirt in good condition (no tears or alterations).
  2. The Following are examples of some of the attire, which will not be permitted:
  1. cut offs
  2. multicolored attire unless it is the official school uniform in the official school colors
  1. NOTE FOR RELAYS:
  1. The top for all four (4) competitors on a relay team shall appear identical. Minor differences in tops may be permitted at the discretion of the event official.
  2. Distinctly mismatched tops, even if the official school uniform, will not be accepted.
  3. The four (4) tops may consist of plain white t-shirts if no other acceptable match is possible.
  4. The shorts/tights shall be in an official school color(s) or a neutral color (black or white).
  1. In the case of disputes the Track Referee or designate shall rule.

STARTING BLOCKS

  1. Only the starting blocks supplied will be permitted.
  2. The use of starting blocks in the sprints events, up to and including the 400 m., is not mandatory but encouraged to avoid false starts.
  3. Athletes must be in a four point stance if they do not use starting blocks in events that run in lanes (including relays).

FALSE STARTS

  1. The first false start will be charged to the field.
  2. The second false start and subsequent false starts will be charged against the athlete(s) making a false start.

COACHING

  1. A reminder to all coaches of the track and field rule that coaching of athletes from the infield of the track during races or in the competition area of a field event may lead to the disqualification of a competitor.
  2. Split times may only be given by the designated timer and by no other person or persons during the distance races.

TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS/POINTS

  1. Points will be awarded according to the following.
  1. 1st place 10 points
  2. 2nd place 8 points
  3. 3rd place 6 points
  4. 4th place 4 points
  5. 5th place 2 points
  6. 6th place 1 point
  1. Team championships will be declared based on accumulated points for Girls’ Overall, Boys’ Overall and Combined Overall.

QUALIFICATION TO FUTURE COMPETITIONS

1. 2. Top five (5) in all events including relays advance from GHAC to OFSAA South Region

3. Top four (4) in all events including relays advance from Regional to OFSAA

RULES OF COMPETITION

  1. In order to clarify rules of competition the following order of interpretation will be used:
  1. GHAC Rules, most of which have been include in this set of guidelines
  2. OFSAA Rules (http://www.ofsaa.on.ca/track-field/)
  3. IAAF Handbook (https://www.iaaf.org/about-iaaf/documents/rules-regulations)
  1. Questions and challenges regarding how an event is being conducted by the officials should NOT be directed to the event officials.
  2. Coaches/staff advisors should consult with the appropriate referee or the convenor regarding rules and their interpretation during the competition.
  3. Coaches/staff advisors wishing additional information regarding rules before the competition should contact the coordinator / convenor.

AWARDS

  1. Halton Medals will be awarded for the first competitor from a Halton Catholic or Public School
  2. Hamilton Medals will be awarded for the first competitor from a Hamilton Catholic School

AGE CATEGORIES

  1. MIDGET - the individual’s birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 14th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held.
  1. Note: Students may compete in this category for 1 year only, THEIR GRADE NINE YEAR.
  1. JUNIOR - the individual’s birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 15th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held.
  2. SENIOR - the individual’s birth certificate indicates that he/she has not reached his/her 19th birthday by January 1st prior to the start of the school year in which the competition is held.
  1. Note: Students in the sixth year of high school from the date of entry into grade nine are ineligible for competition.
  1. No Appeals are possible relating to years of eligibility.