Track Events – Rules

Track General

  1. Athletes will be placed in graded heats in their age group for all track events. An athlete who arrives after their name has been called will be relegated to the last heat. An athlete reporting after the runners are in the starter’s control will not be able to compete.
  2. All sprints will be conducted in lanes. Failure to stay in the correct lane may result in disqualification.
  3. Athletes wearing spikes for track events must use starting blocks – either that supplied by the Centre or personal blocks approved by the Committee for Equipment, prior to the event.
  4. All under 12 to under 16 athletes must use a crouch start for laned events except when a physical disability restricts this function.
  5. Any athlete making a false start must be warned. Athletes responsible for two false starts shall be disqualified, except for under 8 and 9 athletes who will be disqualified after three false starts.
  6. In circular events, competitors are liable to be disqualified if they deliberately infringe other athletes by contact or cutting across their path.


  1. Race walking is a progression of steps taken so that:
    • Unbroken contact with the ground is maintained – an infringement of this type is called “contact”.
    • The advancing leg shall be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) prior to the moment of first contact with the ground until in the upright position – an infringement of this type is called “knees”.
  2. The term “report” means that one or both of the above technical rules have been broken.
  3. The term “caution” means that the athlete is in danger of breaking one of these rules.
  4. A walker may receive a caution from every judge. If cautioned, the judge will first call the athlete’s number, then the word caution, then the reason (knees or contact).
  5. For under 9 and 10 athletes, the same procedure will be used for reports.
  6. For under 11 to under 16 athletes, the athlete may not always receive a verbal report.
  7. A judge may not report an athlete more than once in an event.
  8. Any athlete deemed by the Chief Judge not to be conducting this event in the proper manner shall be liable to be removed from the track and have “DNF” recorded against their name. This covers athletes deemed to be wasting time or not ‘competing’ in the spirit of the event.
  9. An athlete will be disqualified when the Chief Judge confirms that the athlete has been reported by at least three judges. At the conclusion of a race, the disqualified athletes will be informed and told the reason(s) for their disqualification.


  1. Hurdle heights, placements and distances are specified below:
    Height Run-in Spacing Run-out
    60 m hurdles (6 flights – red markings)
    U 8/9 B and G 45 cm 12 m 7 m 13 m
    U 10/11 B and G 60 cm 12 m 7 m 13 m
    U 12 B and G 68 cm 12 m 7 m 13 m
    80 m hurdles (9 flights – black markings)
    U 8/9 B and G 45 cm 12 m 7 m 12 m
    U 10/11 B and G 60 cm 12 m 7 m 12 m
    U 12 B and G 68 cm 12 m 7 m 12 m
    U 13 B and G 76 cm 12 m 7 m 12 m
    U 14 G 76 cm 12 m 7 m 12 m
    90 m hurdles (9 flights – white markings)
    U 14 B 76 cm 13 m 8 m 13 m
    U 15 G 76 cm 13 m 8 m 13 m
    100 m hurdles (10 flights – yellow markings)
    U 15 B 76 cm 13 m 8.5 m 10.5 m
    300 m hurdles (7 flights – green markings)
    U13/14/15/16 BG 68 cm 50 m 35 m 40 m

Track Officials and Results

  1. The time and placing for each athlete is determined by the torso crossing the finish line.
  2. The track judges shall all operate from the same side of the track, and shall be in line with the finish line.
  3. In any case, where the judges cannot arrive at a decision they shall refer the matter to the Chief Judge for resolution.
  4. It is possible to have two athletes judged in the same position, and the athletes will be given the same placing. In this instance, the times for the two athletes shall be the same.
  5. It is possible to have two athletes with the same time, but different placing.
  6. When electronic timing is available, times shall be recorded to one-tenth of a second, or one-hundredth of a second depending on the accuracy of the timing devices. Electronic times may be used to assist in determining the placings. If there is reason to doubt the accuracy of the electronic timing system, then hand held times may be used.
  7. Timekeepers shall all operate from the same side of the track, and shall be in line with the finish line.
  8. Stopwatches shall be started by the timekeepers on the flash or smoke of the gun.
  9. Hand held times shall be recorded to one tenth of a second. When the time displayed on the digital stopwatch does not end in a zero (0) the time will be rounded up to the next longest tenth of a second, e.g. 12.23 seconds is recorded as 12.3 seconds.





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