Section 6: Approved sports – activities and specific rules

Amended 2017.

6.7 Cross Country - NSWCHSSA Championships

6.7.1 Championship rules

(a) Entry to be on a regional basis only.

Regions may run a maximum of ten (10) runners with eight (8) runners counting towards the final point score.

(b) The carnival shall be conducted over the following distances:

Age group Boys Girls
12 years 3000m 3000m
13 years 3000m 3000m
14 years 4000m 4000m
15 years 4000m 4000m
16 years 6000m 4000m
17 years 6000m 4000m
18+ years 8000m 6000m
Schools team 5000m 3000m

Competitors must compete in their own age group. Age is how old a competitor is as of the 31st December in the year of competition. No competitor can turn 20 years in the year of competition.

(c) Competitors must have their regional number clearly displayed on front and back of team shirt/singlet.

(d) All competitors must wear shoes.

(e) All team members of first, second and third placed teams shall receive medals. The first three individual placegetters shall also receive medals.

(f) Secondary male and female teams are selected to compete at the SSA/AA Championships as follows:

(i) 12/13 years up to the fastest seven (7) times from the 12 and 13 years age divisions

(ii) 14/15 years up to the fastest eight (8) times from the 14 and 15 years age divisions

(iii) 16/17 years up to the fastest eight (8) times from the 16 and 17 years age divisions

(iv) 18/19 years up to the fastest six (6) times from the 18+ years age division

(v) Competitors in the school team event must be 15, 16 or 17 years of age in the year of competition. Two (2) more athletes may be selected at the discretion of the state selectors to make a team size of sixty (60). Applications for these positions will not be accepted. 

(g) Spectators and coaches are not allowed to run alongside a competitor at any time.

(h) All protests must be lodged in writing to the championship organiser from the team manager/ess within fifteen minutes of the conclusion of the event.

(i) Protest committee to consist of: championship organiser, convener, plus one other.

(j) Individuals competing in school teams will also be representing their region and consequently counting towards regional point scores.

(k) School runners will wear extra identification.

(l) Athletes who qualify to compete at the CHS/All Schools Championships in the 14 years division can elect to withdraw from this age group and compete as an individual competitor in the 15 years division for the purpose of a time trial for consideration for selection in the NSW All Schools "School" team with the understanding that they are not eligible to receive medals or points.

(m) An athlete who does not compete at the New South Wales Combined High Schools Championships may only be included in the team, if he/ she is competing at a National or International Track and Field/ Cross Country/ Triathlon or Mountain Running as part of a recognised ANSW or AA Team at the time of selection and has given prior notice to the Convener/ Selection Panel requesting consideration. This notification must be made to the Chairperson of the ANSW/ All-Schools Cross Country Committee, no later than two weeks (14 days) prior to the date of the championships.

(n) Para-Athletes

To be eligible to compete, a Para-athlete must meet the following criteria.

Each region will be eligible to enter 3 competitors per event, per gender to compete at the state championships.

All Para-Athlete's at the secondary level will run in a combined event over a distance of 3 km for all ages. (i.e 13 Year’s – 18+ Years all run – 3km)

Each Para-Athlete must compete in the regional uniform.

The qualifying time for Para-Athletes are;
Secondary Boys – 5 min/km or 15mins
Secondary Girls – 6 min/ km or 18 mins

Each Para-Athlete must be classified by the governing body for their classification to compete at the state Cross Country championship. The governing bodies, classification categories and how classifications are verified are as follows:

Classification category Governing body Classification verification
Intellectual Ausrapid Ausrapid Master List
Physical, vision, and transplant Australian Paralympic Committee Australia Athletics Master List
Hearing Deaf Sports Australia Deaf Sports Australia Letter

Athletes must be listed on the Master List (Ausrapid or Athletics Australia) for Intellectual, Physical, Vision or Transplant classifications. A letter from Deaf Sports Australia (with code AU2) for the Hearing impaired classification is to be sent to the School Sports Unit at least 14 days prior to the State Championship. Athletes who do not to meet these classification requirements will be ineligible to compete at the state Cross Country championships.

Placing’s for events will be determined using the multidisability formula i.e. comparing the athletes time to the 5000m time for their classification and determining the percentage. All percentages for all disability classes will be calculated and the highest percentage wins, second highest second etc.

Each state/territory is entitled to enter three (3) athletes in each age/gender division at the School Sport Australia Championships provided the qualifying standards and classification standards have been met.

Note – eligible students must choose prior to competing whether they will compete as a Para-Athlete or as an abled bodied athlete. If competing as a Para-Athlete they must complete the classification documentation.

Eligible for Secondary

Intellectually Disabled – ID (T20), Hearing Impaired – HI (T01),Physical Impairment (PI) This will be restricted to Cerebral Palsy – CP 7 & 8 (T36, T37 or 38) or Amputee T44, T45 or 46 or Visually Impaired T12 & T13.

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