This page was last updated on 21 September 2022.
What Is AVSL?
Contested during the summer season, this year from October 2022 to March 2023, the Athletics Victoria Shield League (AVSL) is Athletics Victoria’s summer track and field competition. 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.
Each athlete can register for and compete in as many events as they wish. Athletes will be scored based on a performance scale, with their best three individual events (Plus one relay) counting towards their club’s overall score.
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 2021/22 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.
2021/22 AVSL Champions:
|Premier||Division 2||Division 3||Division 4||Division 5|
|Athletics Essendon||Western Athletics||Mentone||Athletics South-West||Ivanhoe|
AVSL Playoffs & Promotion/Relegation
AVSL Playoffs this year will take place across 2 consecutive weekends held at 5 venues (3 Country & 2 Metro) across Victoria allowing athletes to compete and contribute points in their nominated events.
Each club and athlete will have something to play for during the AVSL Playoffs this year with the top 5 teams in each division playing off for the AVSL divisional Shield. The bottom 5 teams in Division 1 through to 4 will competing to avoid relegation.
Across the two weekends of playoffs, athletes will be able to contribute points in 3 individual events and 1 relay on weekend 1 and weekend 2. This new format of Playoffs will allow greater opportunity for participation and incentive to compete for success, survival or relegation!
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 email@example.com
Strategy is key. Use your Powerplay wisely!
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.
The 2022-23 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.
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.
|Meet||Date||Entries Open||Entries Close|
|Round 1||Sat 8th Oct||Wed 28th Sept 5:00pm||Wed 5th Oct 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 2||Sat 15th Oct||Wed 5th Oct 5:00pm||Wed 12th Oct 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 3||Sat 22nd Oct||Wed 12th Oct 5:00pm||Wed 19th Oct 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 4||Sat 12th Nov||Wed 2nd Nov 5:00pm||Wed 9th Nov 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 5||Sat 19th Nov||Wed 9th Nov 5:00pm||Wed 16th Nov 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 6||Sat 3rd Dec||Wed 23rd Nov 5:00pm||Wed 30th Nov 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 7||Sat 17th Dec||Wed 7th Dec 5:00pm||Wed 14th Dec 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 8||Sat 21st Jan||Wed 11th Jan 5:00pm||Wed 18th Jan 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 9||Sat 4th Feb||Wed 25th Jan 5:00pm||Wed 1st Feb 11:59am (Midday)|
|Round 10*||Sat 18th Feb||Wed 8th Feb 5:00pm||Wed 15th Feb 11:59am (Midday)|
|Playoffs Weekend 1||Sat 18th Mar||Wed 8th Mar 5:00pm||Wed 15th Mar 11:59am (Midday)|
|Playoffs Weekend 2||Sat 25th Mar||Wed 15th Mar 5:00pm||Wed 22nd Mar 11:59am (Midday)|
**Entry Opening and Entry Closing times will vary for Bendigo & Ballarat Venues with entries taken via their regional websites
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.
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.