Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended May 2016

6.1 Athletics - NSWCHSSA Championships

6.1.1 Age sections

(a) The CHS Athletics Championships are conducted in the following age categories:

12 Years
13 Years
14 Years
15 Years
16 Years
17 + Years

An athlete’s age category is determined by the age they turn in the year of the championships.

(b) Athletes must compete in their own age section except:

(i) Where no event is provided in that age category. In this case competition is at the next available age category. Athletes wishing to use heavier implements should also consult the rule concerning implement weights. For the purpose of this rule the walk, hurdles and 3000 metres are classified as one event.

(ii) In relays where athletes may compete in one relay event only in their or older age category.

6.1.2 Events and specifications

(a) Current championship events and specifications can be accessed by going to the current years event in the calendar in the additional information section

(b) Events in the Pentathlon shall be as follows:

Boys:100m, 1500m, Long Jump, Shot Put and Javelin.

Girls: 200m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump and Shot Put.

6.1.3 Athlete nominations

(a) Track events

(i) Regional sport associations may nominate two athletes per event irrespective of times.

(ii) Up to three athletes may be nominated per event, provided qualifying standards are met by all three athletes. Each sport region may enter three 4 x 100m relay teams provided all three teams have achieved the qualifying standard.

(iii) One 4 x 400m relay team may be nominated per regional sport association (boys and girls 17 + Years)

(iv) In events listed as straight finals, all athletes must qualify at zone and regional sport association fixtures in the current year. Up to three athletes may be nominated provided qualifying standards are met.

(v) 2000m Steeple Chase. A maximum of three athletes only per regional sport association may be nominated.

(vi) In 4 x 100m relay events, schools are permitted to enter up to a maximum of two teams per event, provided they have qualified in accordance with the NSWCHSSA rules of entry. In the situation where the school has two teams which qualify for a particular event, each team must remain independent of each other without any transfer of personnel for the duration of the championships.

(vii) Qualifying standards are based on the performance of the 8th placed qualifier or 6th placed finalist, whichever is superior, from the event conducted at the previous year’s championships.

2017 Qualifying standards 

(b) Field events

(i) Regional sport associations may nominate two athletes per event irrespective of performances

(ii) Up to three athletes may be nominated per event, provided qualifying standards are met by all three athletes.

(iii) Qualifying standards are based on the performance of the 8th placed qualifier or 6th placed finalist, whichever is superior, from the event conducted at the previous year’s championships.

2017 Qualifying standards

(c) Invitation events

There are no invitation events at the championships, all athletes must qualify in accordance with Rule 6.1.3 a) and b).

(d) Performances

The performances nominated for qualification must have been achieved at zone or regional sport association trials in the current year.

(e) Nominations

(i) Nominations will only be received on the HYTEC Meet Manager database file supplied to regional sport associations by the championship computer coordinator and must include the school, date of birth and performance for each nominated athlete in each event, including all athletes participating in school teams for 4 X 100m relay teams.

(f) Closing date

(i) The closing date for nominations is as per the request of the CHS Athletics convener.

(ii) The nominations of each regional sport association should be sent electronically to the CHS Athletics convener, CHS Executive Officer and championship computer coordinator by the stipulated closing date prior to the championships each year.

6.1.4 Limitation of events

(a) Number of events

Athletes may enter unlimited events but no events will be delayed for athletes competing in events running simultaneously (IAAF Rules will apply).

(b) Delays

Athletes competing in multiple events may forfeit any round missed in field events unless the appropriate field referee (jumps or throws) is satisfied program delays were responsible for any such miss. In the case of high jump events, re-entry shall be at the existing bar height. In all cases, re-entry is at the discretion of the appropriate field referee.

6.1.5 Program of events

The draft program of events will be submitted each year to the semester 1 CHS Athletics sub-committee meeting by the CHS Athletics convener for approval. The final program of events will be ratified at the term 2 CHS council meeting each year for publication on the NSWCHSSA Website.

6.1.6 Ground conduct

(a) Ground entry

All athletes and spectators are to enter the venue (Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre) via the main entrance on Edwin Flack Avenue.

(b) Ground seating

Seating shall be in prescribed areas. Each regional sport association will be allocated a seating bay in the grandstand, which will be published in the official championship program. The CHS Athletics convener will assign seating bays on a rotational basis each year. Parents, coaches and spectators are specifically barred from entering the competition area.

(c) Call room

(i) All athletes shall report to the call room (located on the embankment behind the 1500m start line) on or before the published marshalling time.

(ii) There will be no call for events over the ground microphone; all marshalling times are published in the official program.

(iii) Discus, Javelin and High Jump events are marshalled 50 minutes prior to the published event starting time. An event official will escort athletes to the event no later than 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

(iv) Long Jump, Triple Jump and Shot Put events are marshalled 40 minutes prior to the published event starting time. An event official will escort athletes to the event no later than 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

(v) All track events are marshalled 20 minutes prior to the published event starting time.

(vi) All Para-Athlete events are marshalled 30 minutes prior to the published event starting time.

(vii) If an athlete is competing in another event and a new event is scheduled for marshalling, it is the athlete’s responsibility to arrange for a substitute to report to the call room on their behalf.

(viii) Once the call room chief has closed the marshalling of an event, athletes will be escorted to the competition area under the supervision of a call room official.

(ix) Failure to report to the call room shall lead to disqualification.

(d) Warm-up track

(i) The warm-up track will be supervised daily from 8.00am by two regional sports association team managers at all times, as rostered by the CHS Athletics convener.

(ii) The warm-up track area is to be used strictly for warming-up and cooling-down for events by competing athletes.

(iii) No athletes or spectators are to engage in any ball-games at the warm-up track at any time.

(iv) Supervising team managers are not responsible for ensuring athletes report to the call room on time.

(v) All athletes warming-up for throws events must be supervised by a coach or team manager if they intend on using implements. Coaches and team managers must carefully monitor the practice throws at all times.

(vi) The high jump bar is not to be used at any time at the warm-up track.

(vii) Serious breaches of this rule may lead to instant dismissal from fixtures in all events and where possible exclusion from the championships and return to school may be ordered.

(e) Pre-event warm-ups

Under no circumstances are high-jump bags, throwing implements and jumping pits to be used for warm-up, practice throws or any other purpose without the express permission of the appropriate field referee (jumps or throws). Serious breaches of this rule may lead to instant dismissal from fixtures in all events and where possible exclusion from the championships and return to school may be ordered.

(f) Competition area

Athletes are only to access their event location within the competition area when escorted from the call room by the designated call room official. Under no circumstances are athletes to cross the in-field area or the arena.

(g) Post event

(i) Athletes should leave the competition area immediately upon the completion of their event. They must not cross the in-field area of the arena or cross the track unnecessarily in their departure.

(ii) Those athletes placing on the podium (1st/2nd/3rd) following the completion of the final for their event, must report to the presentation area (located at the entrance to the tunnel near the finish line) and report to the post event control coordinator.

6.1.7 Lane draw               

(a) For all events between 100 metres and 800 metres inclusive (including hurdle and relay events), lane draws shall be drawn as follows:

(i) In the first round the lane order shall be drawn by lot

(ii) For the final, athletes shall be ranked in accordance with their positions and times in the previous round (see IAAF Rule 166.4).

(b) For all events 1500 metres or higher (including walks), positions on the starting line will be drawn by lot. When such events contain large fields, the track referee in consultation with the chief starter may opt for a split start to maintain athlete safety.

6.1.8 Finalists

(a) Track – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x100m Relays and Hurdles

(i) 2 Heats: First 3 in each heat plus the next fastest others.

(ii) 3 Heats: First 2 in each heat plus the next fastest others.

(iii) 4 Heats: Heat winners plus next fastest others.

(iv) 5 Heats: Heat winners plus next fastest others.

(v) If there are insufficient entries to create two heats, following the close of marshalling for that track event, the call room chief, in conjunction with the track referee and chief starter may deem the event a straight final.

(b) Field – Long jump, Triple Jump, Shot Put, Discus and Javelin

(i) From the start of competition, all athletes may have three attempts at their event. Athletes may join the competition in rounds 2 and 3 if they arrive late (provided they have passed through the call room), but once the finalists have been ascertained, they cannot be included in the competition.

(ii) Only one attempt is allowed each round.

(iii) The leading 8 athletes may have three more attempts if time permits for the final. If time does not permit 3 final rounds, then the appropriate field referee (jumps or throws) may decide that only two rounds (or one final round) will be conducted in the time slot allocated. All rounds will be recorded for count-back purposes.

6.1.9 Point score

Eight points for 1st, then 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. In relays, points will be doubled. Ties shall stand, except for 1st place (subject to normal count back rules). In the event of a tie in High Jump IAAF Handbook Rules shall apply to decide first place (If the time limit has expired for the event the tie will stand).

6.1.10 Protests

(a) A verbal warning of an impending protest should be given to the appropriate referee (track, jumps or throws) immediately by the athlete or team manager.

(b) A written protest shall be handed to the technical delegate within 30 minutes of the official result for the event concerned being announced. Written protests shall only be received from a team manager on the appropriate form supplied by the CHS Athletics convener.

(c) The technical delegate will discuss the lodged protest with the appropriate referee. The referee shall be the sole arbiter on points of the law (as specified in IAAF and CHS rules) related to the result or conduct of an event. They should consider all available evidence as necessary. The referee will then make a decision and relate this to the technical delegate.

(d) If the athlete is not satisfied with the referee’s decision there shall be right of appeal to the jury. The athlete should notify their team manager of their intention to appeal, who will in-turn notify the technical delegate.

(e) The jury of appeal shall consist of three members as decided by the CHS Athletics convener. Once a protest is in the hands of the chairperson of the jury of appeal, the protest must be heard. The decision reached by the jury shall be final and will be relayed to the athlete’s team manager via the technical delegate.

6.1.11 Spikes

All athletes in Hurdles and High Jump events will be required to wear spikes if the track is wet. This is for the safety of all athletes. When worn the maximum length for all track events plus Long Jump and Triple Jump is 7mm. For High Jump and Javelin it is 9mm. All athletes must wear shoes on each foot at all times when competing.

6.1.12 Starting in blocks

All athletes will be required to use starting blocks for all events up to and including 400 metres (including hurdles and relays). This means all competitors must use a crouch start for these events. Only starting blocks provided by the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre are permitted for use.

6.1.13 False starts

12 years, 13 years and pentathlon

(a) Any athlete making a false start will be warned. Only one false start per race shall be allowed without disqualification of the athlete responsible for the false start. Any athlete responsible for further false starts shall be disqualified.

14 years through to 17+ years inclusive

(b) Any athlete responsible for a false start shall be disqualified as per IAAF Rule 162.7.

6.1.14 Private implements

May only be used if submitted to the technical manager in the equipment room no later than one hour prior to the event’s starting time and must be placed in the pool for common use. It must be collected from the technical manager at the conclusion of the event.

6.1.15 High jump

The starting height for each age group shall be 10cm below the qualifying standard set for each year’s championships. The first three raises should be 5cm, followed by 3cm until the final two athletes remain. These athletes may elect to have the bar raised by 2cm or greater.

6.1.16 Walks

The chief walks judge has the authority to disqualify an athlete in the last 100 metres regardless of them having received previous warnings.

6.1.17 Uniforms/competitors numbers

(a) All athletes shall wear their official regional sport association uniform (both top and bottom). Those athletes competing for school teams in 4 x 100 metre relay events may compete in either school or sport association uniforms but not a combination of both. Changes to regional sport association uniforms must be advised at the term 2 NSWCHSSA council meeting.

(b) All athletes must wear the competitor number supplied to them by their team manager. Numbers must be secured with four safety pins to the front of the athlete’s singlet/top (except for high jump, where pinning on the back is permitted), so the entire number and sponsorship information can be easily read.

(c) Competitors may risk disqualification for failure to abide by rule 6.1.17 (a).

6.1.18 Coaching

(a) Parents and coaches are expressly forbidden to enter the competition arena. The competition arena is defined as the actual competition area and marshalling areas inside the fence of the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre.

(b) Once marshalled, no coaching of any athlete shall be permitted, with the maximum penalty being disqualification.

(c) Encouragement whilst competing should not be of the kind that distracts other athletes.

6.1.19 Failure to participate

An athlete may be excluded from participation in all further events in the competition, in cases where, he/she qualified in heats for further participation in an event but then failed to participate further. The reason for non-participation in the next round must be presented to the technical delegate for consideration within 30 minutes of the official result being posted to avoid potential sanction.

6.1.20 Para-athletes

(a) Events

The following events will be conducted for Para-Athletes: 100m, 200m, 800m, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put and Long Jump.

(b) Age categories

Para-athletes shall compete in the following age categories:

(i) 15 years and under

(ii) 16 years and over

An athlete’s age category is determined by the age they turn in the year of the championships.

(c) Athlete nominations

(i) Regional sport associations may nominate two athletes per event irrespective of performances

(ii) A third athlete may be nominated in an event if they meet the qualifying standard.

(iii) Qualifying standards are based on the Athletics Australia Multi Disability Standards (MDS) for Underage Athletes and the performance must be 50% or better of the stated standard for that event. The MDS shall be those used in the previous year’s Athletics Australia season.

(d) Athlete classification

All athletes competing in Para-Athlete events must be correctly classified prior to being nominated to compete at the championships. Information regarding the classification of Para-Athletes can be found by clicking here.

(http://www.sports.det.nsw.edu.au/nswchs/state_car_info/nswchs/ath_para_class.pdf)

(e) Records

(i) Where an athlete breaks an existing CHS record as published in the event program it will be recognised as a new CHS record.

(ii) Where a record did not stand in an athlete's classification and the athlete's performance was 85% or better than the current aational MDS for that event, it will be recognised as a new CHS record.

(iii) Where an athlete's performance broke the existing Australian record for that athlete's age and classification it will be recognised as a new CHS record.

6.1.21 Trophies and awards

(a) The Queen Elizabeth trophy

This is awarded annually to the outstanding athlete (boy or girl) of the carnival on the following criteria:

(i) Most records held in the program

(ii) If equal most wins

(iii) If equal most places

(iv) If equal tied

(b) The Queen Elizabeth trophy (AWD)

This is awarded annually to the outstanding para-athlete (boy or girl) of the carnival on the following criteria:

(i) Most records held in the program

(ii) If equal most wins

(iii) If equal most places

(iv) If equal tied

(c) Outstanding performance (boy and girl)

Is awarded to the girl and boy with the most outstanding performance(s) as determined by the management committee.

(d) Outstanding performance by a Para-athlete

Is awarded to a boy or girl, who classifies as a Para-Athlete, with the most outstanding performance as determined by the management committee.

(e) The Wall Trophy (boys) and Dorothy Shackley Trophy (girls):

These are for field events and shall be awarded on the senior implements only (heaviest weights). They are awarded by vote conducted by the management committee, to the competitor with the best individual performance. Decathlon tables or other relevant tables may be used as a guide to assessing relative standards.

(f) Track trophies

Track trophies are awarded based on performance:

(i) Mumford Trophy – boys 17+ years 100 metres

(ii) Champion of Champions Cup – fastest girls 100 metres run in finals.

(iii) Henry Shield – boys 17+ years 1,500 metres winner

(iv) New South Wales Girls Secondary Schools Sports Association trophy – girls 17+ years 1,500 metres winner.

(g) Regional sports association and school trophies:

All trophies for regional sport associations and schools shall be awarded on the basis of highest aggregate point score.

(i) The Champion School

Is awarded to the school gaining highest aggregate points.

(ii) The Kippax Cup

Is awarded to the school gaining highest aggregate boys points.

(iii) The Convener’s Cup:

Is awarded to the school gaining highest aggregate girls points.

(iv) The Sports High School Cup:

Is awarded to the Sports High School or school of sporting excellence gaining the highest aggregate points. Schools to be included in this point score are Illawarra Sports High, The Hills Sports High, Hunter Sports High, Narrabeen Sports High, Westfields Sports High, Endeavour Sports High and Matraville Sports High. These schools shall be ineligible for the award of the Champion School.

(v) The SSP Schools Cup:

Is awarded to the School for Specific Purposes gaining the highest aggregate points. These schools shall be ineligible for the award of the Champion School.

(vi) The Larcombe Cup:

Is awarded to the regional sport association gaining highest aggregate points.

(vii) The New South Wales Sports Store Cup:

Is awarded to the regional sport association gaining highest aggregate boys points.

(viii) The Caro Cup:

Is awarded to the regional sport association gaining highest aggregate girls points.

(h) Age champions:

(i) An age champion will be declared for all 6 age categories in the program (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17+ years) for both boys and girls, using points outlined in Rule 6.1.9.

(ii) An age champion will be declared for both Para-Athlete age categories in the program (15 years and under and 16+ years) for both boys and girls, using points outlined in Rule 6.1.9.

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