2012 South Puget Sound League
4A Track and Field Championships
Wednesay, May 9th and Friday, May 11th
French Field Stadium - Kent Meridian High School
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Wednesday, May 9th
2:30 Coaches Meeting (on track)
3:30 Boys Pole Vault
3:30 Boys Long Jump (north pit)
3:30 Girls Long Jump (south pit)
3:30 Girls Javelin Throw
3:30 Boys Discus Throw
5:30 Girls Shot Put
5:30 Girl High Jump
5:15 Girls 800m Relay
5:30 Girls 3200m Run (final)
5:50 Boys 110m High Hurdles
6:05 Girls 100m High Hurdles
6:25 Boys 100m Dash
6:35 Girls 100m Dash
6:45 Boys 3200M Run (final)
7:00 Boys 400m Relay
7:10 Girls 400m Relay
7:20 Boys 400m Dash
7:30 Girls 400m Dash
General Instructions to Coaches and Athletes
1. National Federation (NFHS) Rules will govern the running of the meet except as notes in these instructions.
2. Allocations to the meet will be made in accordance with SPSL Guidelines.
3. The 16 entries will be determined at the seeding meeting by the "top 16" marks during the season.
4. The top NINE performers from field events and the 1600m and 3200m will advance to the WCD 3 meet. In all races run in lanes, the 800m and all relays, the top three in each heat and the next three fastest times will advance to the WCD 3 meet. The fourth fastest time will be the first alternate. Any athlete who meets or exceeds the WCD 3 automatic qualifying district standards will be allowed to compete at the WCD 3 meet.
5. Ribbons will be awarded to all athletes who qualify to move on to the WCD 3 meet.
6. Participation Limitations: A contestant shall not enter nor compete in more than four (4) events. Any number of these may be relays.
7. All scratches must be called in to Bill Harris (253-922-9277 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 253-922-9277 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, 2012. If the athlete is not scratched, the athlete must compete, and the honest effort rule will be enforced. The coach doing the scratching is responsible for notifying the alternate next in line. If that athlete does not want to compete, his or her coach is responsible for contacting the second alternate. Any competitor scratched after the 10:00 a.m. deadline on Monday will be scratched from all events he/she is entered in.
8. All competitors are to check in with the event judge for field events 15 minutes prior to the start of the event, or the clerk for running events by the second call, and identify themselves.
9. Medical Information: The use of an atomizer during competition containing a prescription drug designed to alleviate the asthmatic condition is not considered to be an illegal aid as long as a physician's statement documenting the need of the athlete to use the prescription is presented to the meet director prior to the beginning of competition. This documentation can be turned into Chris Kunzelman, meet director, at the coaches meeting on Friday, May 4th or at the coaches meeting prior to the start of competition on Wednesday, May 9th.
10. Alternates may warm-up with the competitors. They are to check in with the event judge for field events, or the clerk for running events, and identify themselves as alternates in the competition. If a seeding competitor fails to show or is a late scratch, the alternate should be warmed-up and may compete in the event.
11. Stadium gates will be open Wednesday, May 9th and Friday, May 11th at 2:00 p.m. Contestants are to enter the stadium complex using the gate at the East End of the stadium parking lot.
12. Daily ticket costs are Adults $7.00; Students $6.00; Students with ASB $4.00; Children 5-12 $2.00; Senior Citizens $2.00; and Children under 5 years are FREE.
13. Parking: East end of the stadium lot. Buses that arrive before 2:00 p.m. are to drop off athletes in the stadium parking lot (east end). After 2:25 p.m., buses may park in the lot at the East side of the high school, across from the new East wing. No buses may park in the stadium lot.
14. Teams shall sit in the visitor's stands and in the SOUTH end of the home (main) stands.
15. Coaches will not be allowed on the track or field during the meet. Participants and officials only. The only exception is for the vault, where a designated coaching area will be marked adjacent to the vault pit. Important: Coaches and competitors are warned that being out of the stands, running alongside contestants while shouting instructions and encouragement will not be permitted. Contestants or relay teams will be disqualified if this violation occurs. Team managers need to remain in the stands.
16. Athletes warming upon the track are not to congregate in the areas of the jumping events. Warm-up is permitted on the track prior to the start of the running events. After the meet starts, the warm-up is restricted to the flagged-off area of the infield.
17. First Aid and ice will be available in the N.E. corner of the stadium, just past the timing trailer, near the finish line. Schools need to provide their own pre-event tape and taping. We will have a trainer on site to assist with any injuries during competition.
18. All events will be called three (3) times by the official announcer, and all contestants must report when called. Competitors must report to the clerk by the second call. If competitors do not comply with this regulation, they will be scratched from the event.
19. French Field Stadium has an all weather, 8 lane, metric track and so the following adjustments must be made:
a. Short spikes (1/4" or less) must be used for all events including field events, pole vault, high jump and horizontal jumps.
b. The javelin will be thrown on a grass surface, on the baseball field across from the shot & discus rings on our upper fields. Long spikes or cleats may be used.
c. Metric distances will be run in all events. The track has no curb, but cones will be placed uniformly around the entire inside of lane one.
d. Kent Meridian High School will provide starting blocks. The blocks are Newton, fixed pedal, adjustable pedal. Contestants may use their own blocks. Meet officials will not be responsible for any clocks other than the ones provided by Kent Meridian High School.
e. Important: No soda beverage or any other sugar-based drinks will be allowed on the field. Water is allowed
20. Uniform rule: per 2012 NFHS Track and Field Rules - Rule 4-3 (pg. 23-25) will be enforced. Rule 4-3, page 25 states, "NOTE: The ultimate responsibility to have each competitor compliant with uniform and jewelry rules is with the coach." Failure to comply with the uniform rule will result in disqualification from the event. Listed below are new changes to these rules from previous years
a. Rule 4-3.1: "2. A visible garment under the uniform top displaying contrasting stitching to the single solid color of the undergarment and functions as the actual seam for the undergarments construction is LEAGAL."
b. Rule 4-3.1: "2. A visible garment under the uniform bottom displaying contrasting stitching to the single solid color of the undergarment and functions as the actual seam for the undergarments construction is LEAGAL."
c. Rule 4-3.3: "d. Unadorned devices, such as bobby pins, barrettes, and hair clips no longer than 2" may be worn to control a competitors hair."
21. Appeals: Appeals must follow the appeals process outlined in the 2012 NFHS Track and Field Rules - Rule 3-5 (pg. 16).
22. Results of each event will be posted across from the concession stand located behind the HOME stands on the East side of the stadium.
23. Unsporting Conduct and Unacceptable Behavior: 2012 NFHS Track and Field Rules - Rule 4-6 (pgs. 36-28). Failure to comply with this rule will result in disqualification from the event
24. Electronic Devices: Cell phones, walkie talkies, cameras, video cameras are not allowed on the track or infield at any time with the exception of meet management and approved media. No competing athlete may view any electronic device during the competition that is active at that time.
25. Running Event Instructions: The area of competition for all running events and horizontal or vertical jumps is anywhere on the track or the infield
a. Races will be timed using a Finish Lynx FAT System and results recorded utilizing HyTek meet management software. Post meet results will be posted by meet management directly to athletic.net
b. If an athlete is competing in a field event and running event held at the same time, the athlete must check-in with the clerk before the beginning of both events. He/she may then report directly to the starting line where he/she will seek out a Clerk for final check and instruction. The athlete will leave his/her event no later than the third call. The events start will NOT be delayed for any athlete who reports late.
c. Runners will be escorted to the starting line, by the clerk, and placed in their proper lanes.
d. Runners, at the end of each race, are to stay in their lanes until they are dismissed.
e. The 400 meter race will be run in lanes the entire distance, compensated by the appropriate stagger
f. The 800 meter run will be staggered for one (1) turn and the contestants may break for the pole as they enter the straightaway at the end of the first turn. Cones will identify the break line.
g. For 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs, contestants will use a Olympic curve start.
h. The three-turn-stagger will be used for the 800m relay. All runners and exchanges in the 800-meter relay must stay in their lanes except the last runner who may cut in after receiving the baton, provided that there is room to cut in.
i. The three-turn-stagger will be used for the 1600 meter relay. The first runners must stay in their lanes the entire 400 meters. The second runners must stay in their lanes until they have completed the first turn or 100 meters. Cones will mark the spot where the runners may break for the pole.
j. Relay team members may place up to two marks on the track.
26. Throwing and Horizontal Event Instructions: The area of competition for all throwing events is anywhere inside the fenced area surrounding the three throwing venues
a. All throwing and horizontal events will be measured in feet and inches.
b. No extra practice will be allowed in unused event areas before or after an event. Athletes who violate may be disqualified from the event or the remainder of the meet.
c. Field event competition in preliminaries (shot put, discus, javelin, long jump and triple jump) will be held in two flights of eight (8) athletes. The ten (10) best marks and all ties for the last qualifying spot will move into the finals.
d. During the preliminary competition each athlete will have three (3) trials. Athletes will have three (3) more trials in the finals. The athletes will compete in reverse order for the finals.
e. In all field events, except the pole vault, competitors have one minute to begin their attempts at a trial or pass. The athlete must announce his/her intention to pass when called “up.” After one minute an unsuccessful attempt is charged. In the pole vault, competitors will have 90 seconds to begin their attempts.
f. Athletes must check-in with the head judge at the event before the event begins. If athletes check in after the event has begun they will not be allowed to compete.
g. All field event areas will be open for warm-up approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the event, under the supervision of the head judge. The warm-ups will end fifteen (15) minutes before the event starts. The head judge will then give instructions to all competitors. Following instructions, the first flight of competitors will be allowed two additional warm-ups. Prior to the start of each flight/finals, competitors will be allowed two additional warm-ups.
h. If athletes check out for another event, they must check out with the head judge and tell the judge which event they are leaving for. The excuse time established for the meet will be 15 minutes for the discus, javelin and shot put and 10 minutes for the high jump, horizontal jumps and pole vault. The athlete must notify the head event judge when they return. In some cases, successive throws in both the preliminaries and finals may be allowed if the competitor identifies the need to the head official at the time he/she is called “up” for an attempt
i. When room is available, an athlete that will need to be excused from an event may change flights, per approval of the Field Event referee, for that event if this request is made prior to the start of warm-up. An athlete that will need to be excused from an event may request a change in the order, per approval of the head official, for that event if this request is made prior to the start of the flight.
j. To accommodate the field event athlete to be excused and make the disruption of the competition as insignificant as possible, the excused athlete may report directly to the Starting Line and seek out a Clerk for final instruction for the upcoming running event. The start of the race will not be held for these athletes. This athlete MUST check-in with the Clerks in the Clerking area prior to the beginning of the field event for which he/she wishes to be excused.
k. All ties in the finals in throwing events and horizontal jumps will be broken by the second best trial and so on
l. If there is a tie for the final qualifying spot to the WCD 3 meet for the jumping events, a jump-off will take place at the end of the event.
28. High Jump / Pole Vault:
a. All vertical jumps will be measured in feet and inches.
b. Fifteen (15) minutes before the event starts the head official will call all competitors together to explain the procedures and rules of the event. In the high jump and pole vault, the first five competitors, as determined by the games committee, constitute a flight. As a contestant clears the bar, passes a turn at the height or is eliminated, the next competitor in order will move up so that the number of competitors in the active flight remains constant at five (five-alive competition rule).
c. In all field events, except the pole vault, competitors have one minute to begin their attempts at a trial or pass. The athlete must announce his/her intention to pass when called “up.” After one minute an unsuccessful attempt is charged. In the pole vault, competitors will have 90 seconds to begin their attempts.
d. The NFHS rule about passing shall apply. If competitors have passed all three consecutive heights for the high jump, they may have one warm-up jump without the cross bar in place. If competitors have passed three consecutive heights in the pole vault, there will be two (2) minutes per competitor entering, to warm-up without the cross bar in place.
e. Two marks are allowed on the approach apron for the high jump. Please note: All marks must be approved by the high jump official.
f. Two marks are allowed outside of the runway for the pole vault. Please note: All marks must be approved by the pole vault official.
g. When an athlete returns from competing on the track, the athlete will enter the competition at the height in progress. The bar will not be lowered
h. Starting heights will be one interval below the lowest qualifying height. In the high jump, the cross bar will be raised in 2" intervals until only half of the contestants remain. Thereafter, the bar will be moved up in 1" intervals, until one contestant remains. In the pole vault, the cross bar will be raised in 6" intervals until only half of the contestants remain. Thereafter, the cross bar will be raised in 3" intervals, until one contestant remains.
i. Pole vault poles will be inspected and certified at the pole vault venue by the Head Officials. Athletes will also be weighed-in during inspection. Poles must be clearly marked with the proper markings. Any pole that is presented for inspection that is improperly marked or otherwise illegal will be confiscated. The pole may be picked up after the event is complete. Competitors may not use the pole of other individuals without their consent. Any competitor who vaults on a pole that is rated below their allowable weight will be disqualified from the event. Any competitor who vaults on a pole that is rated below their allowable weight will be disqualified from the event
j. There will be a flagged off area for coaches near the pole vault. Coaches are reminded that they must stay in the flagged off area during the warm-up and the competition. Competitors may come over to the coaches' area and talk with their coach. Coaches may not spot for their athletes. Schools who qualify a pole vault athlete will receive a coaches pass that will permit them in the flagged off area. This pass is designated for the pole vault coach during the pole vault event only. Any misuse of this pass may result in the removal from the event and the facility.