AVON TRACK & FIELD LEAGUE – QUADKIDS 2018 HGN March 2018

This is a team competition with a rigid maximum of five per gender per club. Each athlete is expected to compete in all four events which are 75m, 600m, standing long jump and howler throw. In the jump and throw there are three attempts which will be consecutive. The team score will be the aggregate total of the best four athletes.

Each club is asked to advise Hilary Nash (hilarygnash@blueyonder.co.uk) the name and contact information of the quad kids team manager(s) so that team declaration information may be asked for and provided in advance.

OFFICIATING DUTIES – LEAD COORDINATOR – HILARY NASH

PROVISION OF OFFICIALS/HELPERS

Each Club is required to provide 2 officials/helpers who should sign in on the Quadkids officials register and report by 10.45am at the latest to Hilary Nash. Duties can then be allocated, agreed and equipment provided. Parents of athletes must be primed to help and not have to be cajoled on the day.

We form two pools for field events so that the event may be completed before

the start time of the athletes following event. We do have to keep to the track race times.

TRACK & FIELD STATIONERY

The lead coordinator will provide field cards and track stationery for all four meetings. Completed field cards and race results slips from the first events should be passed to the Quadkids Meeting Recorder.

After the second event is completed field cards and race results slips should be passed to the Quadkids Meeting Recorder and the clipboards, pens etc returned to Hilary Nash

EQUIPMENT

Both events will require marking tape to delineate the line from which the athlete jumps or throws. The Howler throw will require a supply of howlers (Hilary Nash providing a new supply); the Field Referee will arrange for spikes, measuring tapes etc. to be at the event sites. Please leave the Long Jump equipment at the pits; please return all Howler equipment to Hilary Nash

EVENT RECORDING

Hilary Nash will undertake the recording as soon as the events are complete and produce results before the end of the Avon League meeting. A laptop computer and printer will be available and if anyone is available to undertake recording as the events are completed that would be a great assistance. The results file would be set up in advance.

RACES

The Lead Coordinator will check and make sure lines are in place for the 75m races on the back straight.

The sprint races will be limited to 6 runners and the 600m (start at the 200m start position) races to 20.

The track judges will determine the finishing order and record the competitor numbers on race slips provided. It will be necessary to marshal the 600m runners in order to accurately record the numbers at the finish. Additionally track judges will be placed around the track to observe the runners.

Each timekeeper for the sprints may be expected to time two positions ie 1st and 4th, 2nd and 5th and 3rd and 6th. The 600m races should be recorded on a watch attached to a printer and this is usually prearranged with a League Meeting timekeeper.

The times for the sprint races will be recorded on the track slips before the next race. All paperwork has to be passed to the recorder after each series of races.

FIELD EVENTS

An official will control the event from the field card. Initially listing the athletes by competitor number, full name and club. It is best to line the athletes up in competing order so that the event runs smoothly. There is no need to rank the final results in order of performance. One practice attempt and then three consecutive measurable attempts.

The standing long jump must be from behind a defined line using tape if necessary. The area should be brushed clear of loose material. The other three officials will observe the attempts with two ready to measure and the other ready to rake once measuring is complete. The attempts are from three different positions across the sand pit so that it is only necessary to identify and measure the best distance achieved by a pair of feet. It is the shortest distance of the best pair that counts. If in doubt check with other landings and record the best. The sand may then be raked level for the next competitor. Athletes must leave the pit forward of where they land. Stepping closer to the take off line invalidates the attempt. Measure from the rear edge of the take off line to the landing mark closest to the take off line. It could be a mark made by feet, bottom, hand or unusually another part of the body. Record the distance to the nearest whole centimetre.

For the howler throw spot each throw but measure only the longest throw. If in doubt be prepared to measure more than one to determine the best effort. A short run up is allowed. The howler should be thrown with the release above shoulder height. A discus type sling from below shoulder height is not allowed. Athletes should be given the opportunity to take the attempt again using a throw technique. A cricket style bowling action with a straight arm is also not a permitted technique. Exercise consistency without causing distress. It may be prudent to * suspect technique and speak to the athlete before they leave the competition area.

Please keep spectators away from the athletes. Do enlist more help from parents as an extra pair of hands for the howler throw collecting and retuning howlers would be helpful.

ATHLETE NUMBERS

The team manager must provide the Match Recorder with a boys list and a girls list noting full names, date of birth, number allocated from the Club’s 3 digit range prescribed in the League Handbook. The declaration should be provided to the Match Recorder by midday on the Saturday in excel format.

The athletes should not be listed on the Avon League register. The range of numbers provides team identity and allows each club to use up partially used block of number cards.

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