As a chaperone, parents are responsible for the recording of the athletes’ performances, ensure that the group follows the weekly programme in order and liaises with the coaches and starters.
During any programme delays chaperones ensure children rest in the shade.
Every parent should be the chaperone at least once a season to share the load around the group and talk to the other parents in your child’s age group about helping out.
There is always a parent willing to teach you the ropes to get started! or click on the link below to see the officials handy hints
Times shall be recorded on the recording sheet to the nearest one hundredth of a second.
For example the watch shows 10.18 seconds and this shall be put on the recording sheet as 10.18.
The committee recorder will use this data to round the time up to the next one tenth of a second which will be entered in the data base. They may need to check details with the chaperone from time to time so it is very important you always include your name and phone number correctly on the recording sheet.
Please Note: In throwing events, each competitor has 3 throws and their best performance is recorded. In championships the contenders are allowed 3 initial throws and then the eight leading contenders are allowed 3 further throws. All 6 performances are considered in the final placings.
The shot and discus are both thrown from a circle. An athlete can enter the circle from any direction but can only leave from the back half of the circle.
FOULS are recorded if
Additional causes of fouls for Shotput:
A foul is recorded if the athlete’s hand drops away from the neck during the putting action or if it is put from behind the line of the shoulder or if it is thrown like a ball.
Shot Puts are colour coded for easy selection
|1kg||blue||U6 & U7 Girls & Boys|
|1.5kg||yelow||U8 Girls & Boys|
|2kg||orange||U9 to U11 Boys|
|U9 to U12 Girls|
|3kg||white||U12 & U14 Boys|
|U13 to U17 Girls|
|4kg||red||U15 to U16 Boys|
Please Note: that a discus can be thrown any way - overarm or even underarm
Discus Weights for each age group.
|350g||U6 & U7 Girls & Boys|
|500g||U8 to U10 Girls & Boys|
|750g||U11 & U12 Boys|
|750g||U11 to U13 Girls|
|1kg||U13 to U16 Boys|
|1kg||U14 to U17 Girls|
For all U11 to U17 athletes.
ADDITIONAL JAVELIN SAFETY RULES:
The javelin must be thrown over the shoulder or upper part of the throwing arm. It must not be slung or hurled. Round arm actions are recorded as fouls. It is good technique to keep the elbow above the shoulder.
Please Note: Refer to “Basic Javelin Instructions” in folders for all rules and further advice.
|400g||U11 to U14 Girls|
|U11 & U12 Boys|
|500g||U15 to U17 Girls|
|600g||U13 to U14 Boys|
Look straight ahead. Listen for the gun. Keep within your lane during sprint and hurdle events. Always run through the finish line (do not slow down until you are past the finish line). During longer distance races start at a speed that you can maintain throughout the race.
|For Running Events||U7||500m|
|U11 to U17||1500m|
Try to step over hurdles rather than jump them. Always hurdle in the direction that you can see the black and white stripes. Disqualification will occur if the hurdles are deliberately knocked down with any part of the body or if an athlete trails any part of their leg in an adjoining lane. These events will be cancelled due to wet weather.
Hurdle standards are:
|Age||Distance||Flights||Height||Run In||Between||Run Out|
|U7 – U9 B&G||60m||6||45cm||12m||7m||13m|
|U15G – 17G||90m||9||76m||13m||8m||13m|
|U15B – 17B||100m||10||76cm||13m||8.5m||10.5m|
Please Note: A marking tape for hurdle positions will be used to help set up. Hurdles must not touch each other.
IAAF rules define walking as a progression of steps, so taken that unbroken contact with the ground is maintained. At each step, the advancing foot of the walker must contact with the ground before the rear foot leaves the ground. During the period of each step in which a foot is on the ground, the leg must be straightened (i.e. not bent at the knee) at least for one moment, and in particular the supporting leg must be straight in the vertically upright position. Three verbal cautions are given prior to disqualification. These rules, cautions and disqualifications in race walking are a technical not a moral censure. The walker is not punished for cheating, however disqualification at Centre level enables walkers to work on their faults and avoid disqualification at championship level.
|U10 & U11||1100m|
|U12 to U17||1500m|
All age groups compete in long jump. Three jumps are taken by each competitor. At Championship level the top eight competitors are allowed three extra jumps which decide the final placings.
In long jump, the athletes run to the take-off board as fast as they can and then jump off one foot as high and as far as they can and then extend their legs in front to land with two feet.
U6 to U12 use a 1m x 1m rectangular yellow and black mat. The black part of the mat is the takeoff area. The rectangular mat is placed with the front edge of the yellow part against the edge of the pit so that the front edge of the black rectangle is 50cm from the pit. Whiting powder is used on the black part of the mat so that the official can see the footprint on the mat. The jump is measured from the toe of the footprint made within the black rectangle to the nearest break in the sand pit made by any part of the body or limbs.
U13 to U17 use a take-off board which is a white line of 200m width placed at least 1m from the pit. This may be an in situ line or marked on a black rectangular mat. DO NOT put chalk on this mat. The jump is measure from the front of the white line closest to the pit with the tape measure running perpendicular to the white line to the nearest break in the sand pit made by any part of the body or limbs.
A FOUL is recorded
Triple Jump is only contested by U10 to U17 athletes. The conduct of the event is the same as that of Long Jump. The take-off mat is positioned at whole metre distances in front of the pit.
The Triple Jump consists of a hop, step and jump. It is defined as “The hop shall be made so that the competitor lands first upon the same foot as that from which he/she has taken off; in the step he/she shall land on the other foot from which the jump is performed”.
Each jumper is allowed three jumps at each height, dropping out of the competition after 3 consecutive failures. Athletes may commence jumping at any height, usually 10cm below their personal best. The bar may not be lowered during competition. At EDLA, the PBs of each athlete in HJ are on the recording sheet to assist the chaperones in selecting the height at which each athlete shall start.
A foul will be recorded if the bar is dislodged, an athlete jumps from two feet, takes longer than 60 seconds to jump, has two consecutive baulks or gains an advantage by touching the bag with their hand or foot.
The scissor kick technique teaches athletes to jump. The run up for scissor kick is a straight line at about 45o to the high jump bar, lined up so that they cross the bar in the centre of the mat. Athletes should drive up through their hips and try to keep a vertical body position and then land feet first on the mat.
It is strongly recommended that athletes of all ages use the scissor kick until they are able to jump above the height of their armpits.
U6 – U8 athletes must only use the Scissor Kick with feet landing first
U6 & U7 athletes are only permitted to use the Flexi Bar
U8 athletes may use the Fexi Bar
Please Note: During wet weather this event may be cancelled if the run up is considered unsafe.
Please Note: High Jump will not be available for U6 to U8 athletes at Jetstar SA Classic or any Regional Games.