2018 Victorian Open and Para Track & Field Championships

General Information

Athletes must report to the athlete TIC AREA no later than 1 HOUR PRIOR to the start time of the first round of each event they have entered and sign in. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. If you are running late for any reason and wish to contact a member of the Athletics Victoria staff on the day please contact 0447 202 160.

Note: Pole Vault athletes are to check in 90 minutes prior to their event start time.

The Victorian Open and Para Track & Field Championships have returned to a standalone weekend in the Victorian Championships schedule. With the Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast in 2018, Athletics Australia have split the Open and Junior National Championships for this year from the original format in 2017. Athletics Victoria has replicated and aligned with Athletics Australia for the Victorian Championships with the Junior and Open Championships running on two separate weekends at Lakeside Stadium consecutively.

Date: Friday 2 – Sunday 4 March, 2018

Location: Lakeside Stadium, Albert Park (Melway Ref: 57 H3) (Google Maps)

Entry to Lakeside: Access to Lakeside Stadium is via Gate 1.

Gate fees are as follows:
3 Day Pass ($20.00)
2 Day Pass ($15.00)
1 Day Pass ($10.00)

 Free entry for competing athletes, AA affiliated coaches & children under 12

**PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS ON YOU AT ALL TIMES AS THEY WILL ALSO BE USED AS PASS
OUTS THROUGHOUT THE MEET AT GATE 1 & THE WARM UP GATE**

If you have issues entering the event please contact Athletics Victoria PRIOR to the closing date at summer@athsvic.org.au or the Competitions Department on 8646 4512/8646 4526 and leave a message explaining the issues you are experiencing. Athletics Victoria will not accept any late entries and emails received after the closing date.

NOTE: A draft timetable will be published prior to entries closing. Following the closure of entries, AV will publish a provisional timetable with allocated provisional times.

Please Note: Athletes must be a member of Athletics Victoria or their state/national association in order to compete at State Championship events. Any athletes that enter and do not meet this criteria will be asked to become a member of their state association otherwise they may not be able to compete.

Enquiries

Any enquiries regarding the 2018 Open and Open Para Track & Field Championships should be forwarded to competitions@athsvic.org.au

Refunds

Event entries will be refunded in full, less a 10% administration fee (minimum $5) where;
– requests are received prior to the competition closing date and time
– requests received after the competition closing date and time must be accompanied by a current medical certificate before the first day of competition.

Requests are to be made via writing to competitions@athsvic.org.au

Upcoming Events

Please see below dates for our upcoming events

AV Masters Track & Field Championships – Doncaster

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th of March 2018

Competition Rules

Competition: All events shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of the IAAF and Athletics Victoria.

Check-In:  Athletes must report to the athlete TIC AREA no later than 1 HOUR PRIOR to the start time of the first round of each event they have entered and sign in. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. If you are running late for any reason and wish to contact a member of the Athletics Victoria staff on the day please contact 0447 202 160.

Note: Pole Vault athletes are to check in 90 minutes prior to their event start time.

In the case of insufficient athletes reporting to the athlete tic area by the required time for the need to conduct heats or semi finals, then all athletes who reported will progress to the final which will be held at the scheduled FINAL TIME.

Uniforms: Athletes must be attired in their official registered uniform of their first claim Athletics Victoria club uniform with their current athletics victoria registration numbers firmly affixed so the entire number and sponsorship information can be easily read. (refer IAAF rule 18). The victory ceremony is considered part of the competition. Athletes competing by invitation must compete in their club, state or national uniform.

Entry Numbers: Only one (1) entry is required for an event to be included on the program. However to provide competition, events may be combined with a similar event if available.

Clash of Events: If an athlete has a “clash of events”, they will need to fill out a “clash of events” form out which can be found in the call room.

Scratchings: Any athlete who competes in a round of an event in the championships and qualifies for a subsequent round then withdraws from that event, without a medical certificate, WILL NOT be permitted to compete in any other event during the championships.

Footwear: At Lakeside, the part which projects from the sole or heel must not exceed 7mm for track events and 9mm for all field events. Pyramid and Christmas Tree spikes are permitted, needle or pin spikes are not permitted.

Private Implements: Only implements provided and previously tested by the technical officer may be used. Athletes wishing to use private implements must lodge them with the technical officer on duty AT LEAST 2 HOURS PRIOR to the scheduled starting time of the event. The implement will be retained until the completion of that event and will be available for all athletes in that event to use.

Starting Blocks: The use of starting blocks is compulsory for all open athletes competing in events up to and including 400m.

Call Room: All athletes are required to report to the CALL ROOM prior to any event in which they will compete (heats,  semi finals and finals), dressed in their competition uniform and ready to compete.

Event Time (minutes prior) Event Time (minutes prior)
Pole Vault 70 minutes Hurdles & Steeplechase 35 minutes
High Jump & all throws 45 minutes All other track & relay events 25 minutes
Long Jump & Triple Jump 35 minutes

Please note that ONLY ATHLETES and approved OFFICIALS will be allowed in the Call Room.

In the Call Room athletes will be marshalled and their competition uniforms, bib number(s), hip numbers (if applicable), shoes and other equipment checked to ensure they comply with competition rules. Once athletes have checked-in at the Call Room, they are not permitted to leave the Call Room until they proceed to the start of the event, accompanied by a marshall. Athletes who do not proceed to the start of the event accompanied by a marshall will not be allowed to compete, unless they had received prior approval.

If an athlete is likely to have a clash of events, the athlete must notify the Call Room of this at the time of reporting in for the first of their scheduled events.

Field Attempts: Field Events will have 3 attempts, with the top 8 to then get 3 more attempts. If the event is split into 2 pools due to large numbers the top 8 athletes between both pools will be eligible to get the next attempt(s). If the top 8 are in different pools they will complete the extra attempts in the same pool they have already been competing in.

Pole Vault & High Jump Start Heights:

Age Group High Jump Pole Vault
Open Men 1.70m 3.60m
Open Women 1.45m 2.50m

Leg Numbers: Athletes in events 800m or longer will be required to wear a leg number to assist the photo finish operator in identifying athletes. Leg numbers will be distributed at the start line during the marshalling period.

Finals numbers: Where possible, the number of finalists will be as follows:

100                         1–8 final only

200/400 metres       1–8 final only

Hurdles (100/110)   1–8 final only

Hurdles (400)           1–8 final only

800 metres                1–12 final only

1500 metres**          1–15 final only

**The competition director may decide to conduct a straight final where there are less than 16 athletes registered in Round 1 of the 1500 metres. A final will be run with 15 athletes at Final Time

These numbers remain subject to changes made by the administration delegate

Progressions

100m, 200m, 400m Events

No. of Heats Qualifiers
2 First 3 in each heat & the next 2 fastest go into final
3 First 2 in each heat & the next 2 fastest go into final
4 First 3 in each heat & next 4 fastest go into two semi-finals
5 First 4 in each heat & next 4 fastest go into three semi-finals
6 First 3 in each heat & next 6 fastest go into three semi-finals
7 First 3 in each heat & next 3 fastest go into three semi-finals
No. of Semis Qualifiers
2 First 3 in each semi & next 2 fastest go into final
3 First 2 in each semi & next 2 fastest go into final

800m events – 12 per heat

No. of Heats Qualifiers
2 First 4 in each heat & the next 4 fastest go into final
3 First 3 in each heat & the next 3 fastest go into final
4 First 2 in each heat & the next 4 fastest go into final
5 First 2 in each heat & the next 2 fastest go into final

1500m events – 15 per heat

No. of Heats Qualifiers
2 First 5 in each heat & the next 5 fastest go into final
3 First 4 in each heat & the next 3 fastest go into final
4 First 3 in each heat & the next 3 fastest go into final

Withdrawals: Any athlete who competes in any round of an event in a championship, and qualifies for a subsequent round, but withdraws without a signed medical certificate, will not be permitted to compete in any event conducted by Athletics Victoria for a period of 14 days from the date of the event in which the athlete failed to compete. The medical certificate does not have to be produced for the athlete to scratch from the event but must be produced within seven days or before the next event the athlete competes in (whichever is the sooner) to the Athletics Victoria office. If the medical certificate is produced during the championship it must be given to the Administration Delegate.

Medals: Presentations will be made as soon as possible after the event. All placegetters are asked to assist with this procedure by going with an official at the completion of the event to the ceremonial area. Each athlete must wear either their competition singlet or tracksuit top for the victory ceremony. Medallions will be presented to competitors placed first, second and third. Invitational medals will be given to any thletes who compete and place in the top 3 before current Athletics Victoria members.

Multi Class Athletes: All Para events will be conducted in Ambulant, Wheelchair & Secured categories. Each athlete’s performance will be compared for his or her classification and converted to a percentage to determine the finishing order in each event.

Protests: Any enquires regarding entries; check-in or reporting at the championships on the days of competition shall be made to the administration delegate or competition manager.

Any protest regarding the competition, shall in the first instance, be made orally to the referee by the athlete or by a person acting on his/her behalf, within 30 minutes of the official announcement of the result. The referee may decide on the protest or may refer the matter to the jury of appeal. If the referee makes a decision, the athlete may appeal to the jury within 30 minutes.

Appeals must be in writing, signed by the athlete (or a responsible adult on behalf of the athlete) and submitted to the administration manager located in the administration area.  The protest must be accompanied by a deposit of $50.00 which may be forfeited should the protest be considered frivolous (IAAF rule 146).  Protest/appeal forms are available at administration area.