AVSL 2021/22

This page was last updated on 8 December 2021.

The Victorian Government recently announced its roadmap to deliver the National COVID Plan, setting out the path to opening.

Based on this Roadmap, Athletics Victoria is excited to announce a return to the summer competition on Saturday, 13 November 2021. You can view the most current information, including vaccination requirements, restrictions and regulations regarding our return to sport here.

Athletics Victoria will update this page as new government advice is released.


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Am I Required to Be Vaccinated to Play Community Sport?

In accordance with directions from the Victorian government, patrons participating or facilitating community sport (e.g. players, coaches, volunteers) do not need to be vaccinated to access the facility (unless advised otherwise from the venue).

Based on advice from the Victorian government, indoor and outdoor physical recreation and sporting facilities such as swimming pools, gated facilities and leisure centres are open.

If these facilities, including club rooms, are used for community sport (organised competitive sports with membership), patrons participating or facilitating community sport (e.g. players, coaches, volunteers) do not need to be vaccinated to access the facility.

However, to access the facility for purposes other than community sport where all attendees are required to be fully vaccinated – such as gym, hospitality or entertainment – attendees must be fully vaccinated, be under 16 or have a valid medical exemption. 

What Is AVSL?

Contested during the summer season, this year from November to March, Athletics Victoria Shield League (AVSL) is Athletics Victoria’s summer track and field competition you want to be a part of. With over 50 clubs and five AVSL divisions, clubs battle it out across ten rounds of AVSL to see who makes it to the AVSL Playoffs in March and, to decide promotion and relegation from each of the divisions. If you’re new to athletics, we recommend you start in the friendly and supportive club atmosphere AVSL provides.

To compete in AVSL, an AV membership and Summer package can be purchased; however, if you wish just to come and try, you can pre-enter online as a trialing participant for one round!

AVSL Gradings and Scoring

AVSL features five graded divisions.

Clubs are graded in ‘divisions’ according to their performances in the 2020/21 AVSL season. Clubs compete against other clubs within that division.

The team with the highest accumulated points after each round is awarded maximum points which ultimately decides Playoff Qualification and Promotion and Relegation.

2020/21 AVSL Champions:

PremierDivision 2Division 3Division 4Division 5
DoncasterAthletics ChilwellWyndhamWaverley-MalvernAthletics South West

AVSL Promotion and Relegation

The 2021/22 season sees some changes to the AVSL promotion and relegation structure. The AVSL Playoffs is the final round and final opportunity for clubs to stake their claim for promotion. This year the top four (4) clubs in each division will automatically qualify for The Playoffs. The four (4) clubs will compete against one another with the top two (2) clubs at the end of the day being promoted to the division above. In the Premier division, the club with the highest points total will be declared Premier Division Champions!

The bottom 2 clubs in each division at the end of the 10 rounds will be automatically be relegated.

AVSL Powerplay

In AVSL, clubs are issued with one (1) Powerplay per season. Clubs can use their Powerplay on any round from Rounds 1-10 only. Clubs cannot use their Powerplay on the final playoffs round.

Powerplays will double the clubs’ ladder points for that round and must be submitted before the entries close to sportdelivery@athsvic.org.au

Strategy is key. Use your Powerplay wisely!

AVSL Zones

In previous years we administered AVSL under a Red, Yellow, Blue, White zone structure and allocated clubs to those four regions based on geographical location. This structure was unbalanced and had some challenges with club helper duties. To align with the two venues we operate on a weekly basis we have consolidated to a two-zone structure, Zone A and Zone B. This decision was based on the participation data from previous seasons.

To see which zone your club falls under see link below.

AVSL Venues

The 2021-22 AVSL venues have been chosen based on safety and operational factors in conjunction and agreement with the AVSL Committee. AV is working with the committees and venues to allow future competition to take place.

Doncaster – Track resurfacing taking place from November 2021.

Nunawading – Track surface has been deemed unsafe for competition. Review taking place.

Box Hill – Safety concerns and program scheduling challenges.

Ringwood – Unsafe to conduct Discus/Hammer & Javelin due to layout of throws area. Track markings are insufficient to operate an effective and efficient AVSL round.

Mount Evelyn – Program scheduling challenges.

Meet DateEntries OpenEntries Close
Round 1Saturday 13th NovemberWednesday 3rd November
Wednesday 10th November
11:59am (Midday)
Round 2Saturday 20th NovemberWednesday 10th November
Wednesday 17th November
11:59am (Midday)
Round 3Saturday 27th NovemberWednesday 17th November
Wednesday 24th November
11:59am (Midday)
Round 4Saturday 4th DecemberWednesday 24th November
Wednesday 1st December
11:59am (Midday)
Round 5Saturday 11th DecemberWednesday 1st December
Wednesday 8th December
11:59am (Midday)
Round 6Saturday 18th
Wednesday 8th December
Wednesday 15th December
11:59am (Midday)
Round 7Saturday 15th
Wednesday 5th January
Wednesday 12th January
11:59am (Midday)
Round 8 Saturday 22nd
Wednesday 12th January
Wednesday 19th January
11:59am (Midday)
Round 9Saturday 5th
Wednesday 26th January
Wednesday 2nd February
11:59am (Midday)
Round 10* Saturday 12th
Wednesday 2nd February
Wednesday 9th February
11:59am (Midday)
PlayoffsSaturday 5th
Wednesday 23rd February
Wednesday 2nd March
11:59am (Midday)
*Please note Round 10 at Geelong will be held Friday 11th February and Ballarat will be held at Thursday 10th February

Unfortunately, Geelong Athletics does not have sufficient walks judges to conduct walks events at this time.

Following this advice, a decision was made by Geelong Athletics with the support of Athletics Victoria, to remove the walks from their AVSL timetables until walks judges can be acquired. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Results Hub

In conjunction with AVSL, we are excited to bring you Results Hub, your go-to place for all AVSL results and scores.

In Results Hub, you can view the current AVSL Ladder standings, analyse and review results, scores, and powerplays at any time.

You are also able to check results from all other AV competitions.