District 8 ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
c/o Waterloo Catholic District School Board
35 Weber St W. I Kitchener, ON N2G 4G2
519-578-3660 x 2336 I www.district8.ca
DISTRICT 8 TRACK & FIELD
PLAYING RULES AND REGULATIONS
UPDATED: JUNE 2017
1.1 District 8 Track and Field program shall be held in the months March to June unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
2.1 The locations of the meets shall be decided not later than June of the school year prior to the championship.
2.2 The locations of the meets shall be as they appear in the District 8 Sports Schedule unless extraordinary circumstances dictate a change.
3. Competitive Divisions
3.1 There will be three (3) competitive divisions:
3.2 Age Requirements
3.2.1 A Midget track and field competitor must meet the following age requirements- 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. Students may compete in this category for one year only in Grade 9.
3.2.2 A Junior track and field competitor must meet the following age requirements - 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.
3.2.3 A Senior track and field competitor must meet the following age requirements - 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.
4.1 Girls’ Events:
Midget 80 Metre Hurdles - 30”
Junior 100 Metre Hurdles - 30”
Senior 100 Metre Hurdles - 30”
4 x 100 Metre Relay
Javelin - 600 g
Midget and Junior Shot Put- 3kg and
Senior Shot Put – 4kg
Discus - 1 kg
Midget 300 Metre Hurdles - 30”
Junior 300 Metre Hurdles - 30”
Senior 400 Metre Hurdles - 30”
Senior Pole Vault
Pole Vault (all three girls are groups now have pole vault)
4.2 Boys’ Events:
Midget 100 Metre Hurdles – 33”
Junior 100 Metre Hurdles – 36”
Senior 110 Metre Hurdles - 36”
4 x 100 Metre Relay
Midget and Junior Shot Put - 4 kg
Senior Shot Put - 5.443 kg (the British unit of 12 lbs.)
Midget and Junior Discus - 1 kg
Senior Discus - 1.613 kg (the British unit of 3 lbs. 9 oz.)
Midget and Junior Javelin - 600 g
Senior Javelin - 800 g
Midget 300 Metre Hurdles - 33”
Junior 300 Metre Hurdles – 33”
Senior 400 Metre Hurdles - 36’
4.3 Open Events:
Girls 1500 m Steeplechase (if adjustable barriers are available); Will change to 2000 m in 2018
Boys’ 2000 Metre Steeplechase;
Girls’ 4 x 400 Metre Relay;
Boys’ 4 x 400 Metre Relay;
5. League Structure
5.1 Maxi-meets shall be held on two (2) consecutive Thursdays prior to the District 8 Championship.
5.2 Starting time for the maxi-meets shall be 3:00 p.m.
5.3 All schools will attend one (1) site for each maxi-meet competition.
5.4 An athlete must compete in at least one (1) maxi-meet or Track Wars in order to be eligible for the District 8 Meet.
5.5 If, in the view of the chief official of a maxi-meet event, an athlete does not perform at a level which indicates an honest attempt at the event, the athlete will be brought to the attention of the convenor who, in consultation with the District 8 Track and Field Jury of Appeal, will decide on the eligibility of the athlete for the District 8 Meet.
5.6 District 8 will run the 400 meters at Maxi Meet 1 only for seed times. Other sanctioned meets that have 400 meter results would also be acceptable for seed times.
6. Championship Meet
6.1 The District 8 Championships shall be held on two (2) consecutive days; Each day shall start at 9:00 a.m. Preference for the dates of the meet shall be based on the date(s) of the C.W.O.S.S.A. Meet of that same year.
6.2 All District 8 schools are eligible to enter as per entry outlined.
7. Seeding and Lane Assignment
7.1 Track events starting and finishing in lanes, except timed finals, shall be seeded so that the best athletes are separated into different heats, based on the seed times submitted by coaches.
7.2 Lane assignments:
- the top four (4) seeds (8-lane track) shall be placed in the centre four (4) lanes (e.g., 3, 4, 5, 6) by random draw by the organizers;
- the remaining four (4) seeds shall be placed in the outer two (2) and inner two (2) lanes (e.g., 7, 8 1, 2) by random draw by the organizers.
7.3 “Box” assignments (e.g., 800 m) shall be done by random draw by the organizers, if there are sufficient entries.
8. Meet Procedures and Order of Events
8.1 The order of track events shall be as listed below:
Sprint Hurdle Heats
100 Metre Heats
2000 Metre Steeplechase
100 Metre Semi-Finals
1500 Metre Timed Finals - Girls Only
Sprint Hurdle Finals
400 Metre Finals
1500 Metre Times Finals - Boys Only
100 Metre Finals
200 Metre Heats
3000 Metre MIDGET ONLY - Final
300 Metre Hurdles - Timed Finals
400 Metre Hurdles - Timed Finals
3000 Metre JUNIOR ONLY - Final
800 Metre Timed Finals
200 Metre Finals
3000 Metre SENIOR ONLY – Finals
4 x 100 Metre Relay - Timed Finals
4 x 400 Metre Relay - Timed Finals
8.2 The field event schedule will be:
Midget Girls Long Jump
Junior Girls Triple Jump
Senior Girls High Jump
Midget Boys Shot Put
Midget Boys Pole Vault
Junior Boys Discus
Senior Boys Javelin
. Midget Girls Shot Put
Junior Girls Discus
Senior Girls Javelin
Midget Boys Long Jump
Junior Boys Triple Jump
Senior Boys High Jump
Open Girls Pole Vault
Midget Girls High Jump
Junior Girls Long Jump
Senior Girls Triple Jump
Midget Boys Javelin
Junior Boys Shot Put
Junior Boys Pole Vault
Senior Boys Discus
Midget Girls Javelin
Junior Girls Shot Put
Senior Girls Discus
Midget Boys High Jump
Junior Boys Long Jump
Senior Boys Triple Jump
Midget Girls Triple Jump
Junior Girls High Jump
Senior Girls Long Jump
Midget Boys Discus
Junior Boys Javelin
Senior Boys Shot Put
Senior Boys Pole Vault
Midget Girls Discus
Junior Girls Javelin
Senior Girls Shot Put
Midget Boys Triple Jump
Junior Boys High Jump
Senior Boys Long Jump
8.3 The time of events shall be determined and published by the convenor. The schedule for events may change by a maximum of one-half (1/2) of one (1) hour after the entry deadline.
8.4 Equipment certification:
8.4.1 regulation equipment, e.g., pole vault poles, disci, shots, javelins, must be supplied by the school/athlete; NO such equipment will be supplied by the organizers;
8.4.2 no equipment will be supplied for warm-ups (except hurdles);
8.4.3 regulation relay batons will be supplied to the first runner on each relay team; such batons must be returned to the organizers at the finish of each race;
8.4.4 all equipment used by athletes in competition must be certified by the technical manager(s) in the case of field events, e.g., weigh-in of shots, javelins, disci, etc.; this also includes the inspection of the shoes to be used in track events, which must be inspected by the starters’ assistants.
8.4.5 all throwing implements must be thrown in the warm-up area designated by the officials of the event and all warming up must be done under the supervision of the officials of the event. Athletes using throwing implements outside the designated warm-up area or without supervision of the officials of the event may be disqualified from competing in the meet. Weigh in for throwing events will occur for one hour only before each day’s competition begins.
8.5 Equipment Standards:
3 lb 9 oz
8.6 Vertical Jumps:
8.6.1 Starting Heights:
8.6.2 Increments: The high jump will increase by 5 cm intervals and the pole vault by 15 cm intervals. The “two (2) minute rule” may be used in the pole vault at the discretion of the head official or field referee. In all other field events the “one (1) point five (5) minute rule” will apply. Increments may be decreased at the discretion of the official or when there are six (6) competitors or less remaining in the competition;
8.6.3 In the case of a track event conflicting with a field event:
An athlete will be allowed 15 min. after completion of the first round of 3 attempts, to try their 3rd and final attempt. Once the final round has started, a returning athlete must compete in the round (and at the height) in progress. The final round will be held open for 15 min to allow athletes returning from a track event to complete their final attempt.
8.7 800 m/1500 m/3000 m Events:
8.7.1 the 800 metre will begin with a box start. If there are eight (8) or less entered in the 800 metre, then it will begin with a stagger start in lanes;
8.7.2 if there are sixteen (16) or more athletes entered in the 800 metre, then the event shall be conducted as two (2) timed finals with the faster section running last and consisting of no less than twelve (12) athletes with remaining athletes in the slow section;
8.7.3 in the 800 metre each box shall contain a maximum of four (4) athletes;
8.7.4 if there are twenty-five (25) or more athletes entered in the 1500 metre, then the event shall be conducted as two (2) timed finals with the faster section running last and consisting of no less than twelve (12) athletes with remaining athletes in the slow section;
8.7.5 in the 3000 metre, an alley start will be used (ie 1/3-2/3 split) random seating within the 2 splits. Outside group will be fastest group (1/3 split) and the inside group will be the slowest group (2/3 split). Seed times from regional meets will be used to determine slowest to fastest.
8.7.6 a box is defined as two (2) lanes being treated as one (1) lane. On an eight (8) lane track there would be four (4) boxes. The seeding of boxes shall be by random draw by the organizers.
8.8 Relay Events:
8.8.1 both the age class two (2) 4 x 100 metre events and the four (4) 4 x 400 metre events shall be conducted as timed finals with the faster section competing last;
8.8.2 in both the 4 x 100 metre and the 4 x 400 metre relay events, the fast section shall consist of eight (8) teams with the remaining teams in the slow section. In the case where more than two (2) sections are necessary, then each section shall contain eight (8) teams with the remaining teams in the slow section. These sections shall be seeded with the faster times in later sections;
8.8.3 in the 4 x 400 metre relay the “three-bend stagger” shall be used. That is, the first runner uses the special 4 x 400 metre stagger start and stays in lane, the first exchange is in lanes (staggered exchange zones near finish line), and the second runner remains in lane until he/she reaches the cut-in line (usually flagged) after the first curve.
8.9 Timed Finals:
8.9.1 the 300 and 400 metre hurdles and all relays shall be conducted as timed finals where the best times from each section determine the order of the finishers for the final results;
8.9.2 see section 8.7.2 for the 800 metre, and section 8.7.4 for the 1500 metre.
8.10 At the District 8 championships, the 400m will be run as a timed final. Ties in this race will be broken in a run-off. Seed times will be based on an athletes’ best performance at a maxi meet or any sanctioned track and field meet, provided an official result from the meet is submitted with the entry. Any athlete not running the 400m at a maxi meet or sanctioned meet, will be assigned a NO TIME and placed in the slower section.
8.11 The 200 meter semi finals shall be eliminated from the schedule.
In its place will be the following:
(i) If there are enough competitors for one heat only, it would be run as a final with the other 200 meter finals.
(ii) If there are enough competitors for 2 heats, then the top 3 in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, would qualify for the final.
(iii) If there are enough competitors for 3 heats, then the top 2 in each heat, plus the next 2 fastest times, would qualify for the final.
(iv) If there are enough competitors for 4 heats, then the winner in each heat, plus the next 4 fastest times, would qualify for the final.
(v) If there are enough competitors for more than 4 heats, then the top 8 fastest times from the heats would qualify for the final.
8.12 Athletes’ Numbers:
8.12.1 numbers and safety pins will be provided for the competitors. They must be picked up from a meet official by the head track and field coach for each school;
8.12.2 competitors must wear their numbers on their front for all track and field events.
9.1 The scoring system ten (10), eight (8), six (6), five (5), four (4), three (3), two (2), one (1) points will be used for team scores.
9.2 The scoring system ten (10), eight (8), six (6), five (5), four (4), three (3), two (2), one (1) points will be used for individual awards.
9.3 Points earned by an athlete in open, individual events, (e.g., steeplechase) count toward the athlete’s individual award, e.g., top midget girl, maximum of thirty (30) points.
9.4 Points earned as per 9.3 shall be applied to the age class team totals, e.g., top midget girls’ team.
9.5 Points earned as per 9.3 shall be applied to the overall girls’ team, overall boys’ team, and overall boys’/girls’ team.
9.6 Points earned in the 4 x 400 metre relay team events shall be applied to only the overall girls’ team, overall boys’ team, and overall boys’/girls’ team.
10.1 Entries, on the entry forms provided, shall be accepted from only coaches or designates.
10.2 Each school will be permitted to enter an unlimited number of athletes in each individual event including relays at the District 8 championship.
10.3 Each competitor may enter three (3) individual events in any one age class plus one (1) age class relay, plus one (1) open 4 x 400 metre relay.
10.4 A competitor may enter an open, individual event but that event is included as one (1) of the competitors three (3) events as outlined above.
10.5 A competitor may compete at a higher age class in individual events provided he/she does so in all events for the remainder of the season. Example: A midget girl could be entered in the Junior Girls’ hurdles but then must also be entered in the Junior 100 metre and Junior 200 metre; she could NOT enter the midget 100 metre and 200 metre. Once entered as a Junior he/she must compete as a Junior at C.W.O.S.S.A., Regionals, and O.F.S.A.A.
10.6 Entries shall be due on the date and at the time designated by the convenor. The due date shall be the week prior to the District 8 Meet.
11.1 Expenses and finances of the league will be dictated as per District 8 Athletic Association “By Law Article VII”. Please refer to this for further information.
12.1 Each competitor must be eligible under all the rules and regulations of District 8
12.2 Refer to District 8 Constitution, Article IX, for individual eligibility.
13. Rules and Officials
13.1 In order to clarify rules of competition, the following order of interpretation will be used:
(ii) District 8 Rules;
(ii) C.W.O.S.S.A. Regulations;
(iii) O.F.S.A.A. Regulations;
(iv) Canadian Track and Field Association Rules and Bylaws;
(v) I.A.A.F. Handbook.
13.2 Unsportsmanlike conduct by any competitor or coach shall result in the disqualification of the competitor.
13.3 The convenor shall be responsible for obtaining competent officials. Preference will be given to officials who are members of an Approved Board of Officials.
14.1 Competitors must compete in their school uniforms. Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
14.2 A school uniform may be identified as a regular Physical Education uniform.
15.1 District 8 will provide championship awards as per District 8 Athletic Association “By-Law VII”.
16.1 A staff member from each school represented must be present and be responsible for the behaviour of his/her students.
17. First Aid Procedures
17.1 It is the responsibility of each coach to provide for his/her own team medical needs in accordance with his/her School Medical Regulations.
17.2 Coaches shall provide all consumable medical supplies (e.g. tape, bandaids) for their athletes.
17.3 Each school must have a First Aid Kit on site during competition.
17.4 It is the convenor’s responsibility to provide a location of safe refuge in the event of lightning/thunder. In the event of lightning/thunder, the following will be done:
18. Jury of Appeal
18.1 The procedure for all protests, complaints, and suspensions is outlined in Bylaw IV of the District 8 By-laws.
19. Length of Season
19.1 The training and competitive season for a track and field team shall be from the first day of March to the end of the O.F.S.A.A. Championship.
19.2 The maximum number of meets per team shall be fourteen (14).
20. Voting Procedures for Coaches’ Meetings
20.1 Voting at the track and field meetings will be limited to one (1) vote per school in attendance.