Region VI Track and Field
Meet Administration and Organization


This page is aimed at coaches and administrators.  The information contained herein explains how Region VI Track and Field Meets will be administered.   Information is included on a variety of topics, including meet entry procedures, seeding heats and assigning lanes, specific information about each event (which start lines and exchange triangles are used, which hurdle marks are used, etc.

If you have any questions at all about how the events are organized, you should be able to find the answers here.

Entry and Seeding Procedures/Individual Events Entry and Seeding Procedures/Relay Events
Special Event Procedures/Field Events Special Event Procedures/Track Events
Special Event Procedures/Relay Events Relay Start/Exchange Zone Marking Key and Information
Individual (curve) Event Start, Stagger and Seeding Information
Hurdle Information General Rule Summary for Coaches and Athletes
Taunting Policy Uniform Rule Detailed Explanation

Entry and Seeding Procedures

Initial Entry Procedures:

Entry Processing & Seeding

Scratch Meeting

During the Meet – Track Events

During the Meet – Field Events

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Entry and Seeding Procedres -- Relays
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Relay procedures are the same as individual entry procedures, with these exceptions:

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Special Event Procedures
Field Events
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Event(s)

Topic

Notes/Comments:

High Jump Flights

Starting Heights
Competition will be indoors unless otherwise specified
All competitors in a single flight
Starting height for women 4'0", 2" height increments
Starting height for men 5'0", 2" height increments
Shotput,
Discus,
Long &
Triple
Jumps
5 per team:

3 per team:

Flight
Breakdown:
Each competitor gets 4 attempts in his/her flight; no finals;
Competitors are grouped by ability; better flight goes last.
Each competitor makes three attempts in his/her flight; those who qualify for finals get three attempts in the finals.
Competitors of different levels are mixed within flights.
1-9 competitors -- one flight; 10-18 competitors – two flights;
19 or more competitors -- three flights
Triple jump will take place on Saturday, all other events on Friday

Special Event Procedures
Individual Track Events
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High
Hurdles, 100m Dash
Heats/
Finals/
Lanes
Slower heat(s) first, faster heat(s) last.
Qualifying heats and finals only in Regional Championships
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 4-5-3- 6-2-7-1-8 (slowest)
Boys’ marks: Black @ 39" (next-to-bottom hole)
Girls’ marks: Yellow @ 33" (next-to-top hole)
300m Int.
Hurdles
Heats/
Finals/
Lanes
Slower heat(s) first, faster heat(s) last. Maximum of 6 in one heat.
Qualifying heats and finals only in Regional Championships
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 3-5-4-6-7-8-2-1 (slowest)
Hurdles on Green marks;
Boys @ 36" (middle hole), Girls @ 30" (top hole)
200m & 400m Heats/
Finals/
Lanes
Slower heat(s) first, faster heat(s) last.
Qualifying heats and finals only in Regional Championships
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8 (slowest)
800m Heats/Finals
Start Line/
Seeding/Lanes
Up to 11 entries: Single heat run in lanes; teammates double up in lanes
11 to 15 entries: Single heat run in alleys
16 or more entries: go to 2 heats
Faster runners seeded on the inside, slower runners on the outside.
For races run in alleys, faster runners in inside alley, slower runners in outside alley
One-turn stagger will be used
Slower heat(s) first, faster heat(s) last.
1600m & 3200m Heats/
Start Line/
Seeding
One heat only.
Waterfall start line will be used.
Faster runners seeded on the inside, slower runners on the outside.

Special Event Procedures
Relay Events
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Event(s)

Topic

Notes/Comments:

4x100m Lanes
Stagger/
Exchange Zone/
Fly Zone
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8 (slowest)
The entire race is run in lanes
Exchange/Start Triangles/Flyoff Line
Start Yellow lines ---
1st to 2nd Yellow triangles Yellow lines
2nd to 3rd Blue and Yellow triangles Blue and Yellow lines
3rd to 4th Yellow triangles Yellow lines
4x200m Lanes
Stagger/
Exchange Zone/
Fly Zone
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8 (slowest)
The entire race is run in lanes
Exchange/Start Triangles Flyoff Line
Start Blue Lines ---
1st to 2nd Blue triangles Blue lines
2nd to 3rd Blue triangles Blue lines
NOTE: lane 1 of 2nd to 3rd exchange: Blue and Yellow triangles Blue and Yellow lines
3rd to 4th blue and gold triangles blue and gold lines
4x400m Lanes
Stagger/
Exchange Zone/
Fly Zone
Lanes assignment order: (fastest) 3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8 (slowest)
The first three turns ( 520m) are run in lanes.
All teams break for the curb after the normal 800m break line (end of third turn)
Exchange/Start Triangles Flyoff Line
Start White lines ---
1st to 2nd White triangles (no flyoff in this relay)
2nd to 3rd Large white triangles (no flyoff in this relay)
3rd to 4th Large white triangles (no flyoff in this relay)
4x800m Stagger/
Exchange Zone/
Fly Zone
One-turn stagger will be used; faster teams inside; slower teams outside.
Exchange/Start Triangles Flyoff Line
Start Green lines (faint) ----
Break Normal 800m break line (marked with cones)
1st to 2nd Large white triangles (no flyoff in this relay)
2nd to 3rd Large white triangles (no flyoff in this relay)
3rd to 4th Large white triangles (no flyoff in this relay)

Relay Start and Exchange Zone Marking Key and Information
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Event Info

4 x 100m

4 x 200m

4 x 400m

4 x 800m

Seeding

3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8

3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8

3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8

Fastest-to-slowest,
Inside-to-outside

Stagger

Entire race
run in lanes

Entire race
run in lanes

Three turns run in lanes

One turn run in lanes

Break to Curb

No break to curb

No break to curb

Second leg runner breaks exiting turn 1

Leadoff leg runner breaks exiting turn 1

Start

Yellow lines
(same as 400m indiv.)

Blue lines

White lines

Green lines
(same as 800m indiv.)

1st Exchange Flyoff

Yellow lines
(short)

Blue lines (short)
NOTE: lane 1 uses blue
and yellow line

No flyoff

No flyoff

1st Exchange Zone

Yellow triangles

Blue Triangles
NOTE: lane 1 uses blue
and yellow triangles

Normal white triangles
(one lane wide)
NOTE: Lane 1 uses
blue trianglse

Wide white triangles
(full track width)

2nd Exchange Flyoff

Blue and Yellow lines

(short)

Blue lines (short)

No flyoff

No flyoff

2nd Exchange Zone

Blue and Yellow triangles

Blue Triangles

Wide white triangles
(full track width)

Wide white triangles
(full track width)

3rd Exchange Flyoff

Yellow lines
(short)

Blue and Yellow lines
(short)

No flyoff

No flyoff

3rd Exchange Zone

Yellow triangles

Blue and Yellow triangles

Wide white triangles
(full track width)

Wide white triangles
(full track width)

Individual (curve) Event Start, Stagger and Seeding Information
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Event Info

200m

300m Intermediate Hurdles

400m

800m

Seeding

3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8

3-5-4-6-7-8-2-1

3-4-2-5-1-6-7-8

Fastest-to-slowest,
Inside-to-outside

Stagger

Entire race
run in lanes

Entire race
run in lanes

Entire race
run in lanes

One turn run in lanes
(to break line)

Start

Green lines
(back stretch)

Green lines
(exiting first turn)

Yellow Lines

Green lines

Hurdle Information
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Event Info

Boys 110m
High Hurdles

Girls’ 100m
High Hurdles

Boys’ 300m
Int. Hurdles

Girls’ 300m
Int. Hurdles

Marks on Track

Black

Yellow

Green

Green

Hurdle Height

39"
next-to-bottom hole

33"
next-to-top hole

36"
middle hole

30"
top hole

Blue hurdle marks are for 400m Intermediate Hurdles


General Rules Applying to All Competitors
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The rules specified below apply to all competitors in all events. The language below is not the language of the official rulebook; rather it is language which should make understanding the rules more clear. All rules will be enforce 100% from the beginning of the season through the end of the season.

ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of athletes and their coaches to ensure adherence to rules pertaining to Check-In and Uniforms. Although the Clerk and event Judges may exercise preventive action, an athlete who competes in illegal uniform is subject to disqualification.

CHECK-IN RULES
All field event athletes must check in with the head judge of the event prior to the start of the event. At the moment the first attempt of the competition takes place, check-in is closed. Any athlete who has not yet checked in with the head judge of that event at that time may not enter the competition. Athletes who are participating in two events being held simultaneously must check in with both judges prior to the start of the competition

Entrants in the 3200m will check in with and pick up their stickers from the starter or assistant starter at or near the starting line.

All track athletes must check in with the clerk not later than final call. The Clerk may note the time of check-in on the entry sheet. In events run in lanes from start to finish, competitors will not be permitted to start unless their sticker appears on the heat sheet sent to the Assistant Starter by the Clerk. Athletes in any event not run in its entirety in lanes will not be permitted to start the event unless they are wearing the sticker issued to them by the Clerk.

UNIFORM RULES
All athletes must wear team uniform (i.e. shorts and singlet) outside all other garments. If an athlete reports for the start of an event without proper uniform, the athlete is not permitted to compete in the event. Questions or clarifications should be brought to the meet director.  See the bottom of this page for a more detailed explanation of uniform rules.

Exceptions and Clarifications

  1. Any article of clothing worn under the team uniform which is visible must be of a single, solid color, with no print, lettering, pattern, etc. It is/is not permissible for any of these articles of clothing to have a single manufacturer's logo not to exceed 1.5" x 1.5" in dimension
  2. Provided that clothing worn under the uniform meets the standards specified in #1 above, the undergarments worn under an athletes shorts and singlet may be of different colors
  3. In an individual event, the underclothing for athletes of the same team need not match in color or style, provided it meets the standards specified in #1 and #2 above.
  4. In a relay event, if one member of a relay team wears an undergarment(s) which is (are) visible under the shorts and/or singlet, and which meet(s) the standards specified in #1, #2 and #3 above, the undergarments of any other members of the team must match in color(s). Provided the colors match, the style need not match (i.e. bottoms may be of any length, tops may have sleves of any length, necks of any style, etc.)
  5. In the event that a team does not have a uniform which accommodates the size of a team-member, those athletes may wear football or basketball game or practice jerseys which are school issue. Non-uniform tops or bottoms which are not school issue may not be worn, even if they match in color.
  6. Cold Weather Exception. When a competition is to be held in inclement weather, clothing rules may be modified by a consensus of the coaches. All officials will be notified of the modification.

FOUL LANGUAGE
Use of foul language at any point prior to start, during the event, or after the finish of the competition may be grounds for disqualification.

LINE VIOLATIONS
The white line on the inside of a lane is out of bounds. Competitors who step on this line three times consecutively (left-left-left, right-right-right, left-right-left, or right-left-right) will be disqualified. This rule is in effect whether cones have been placed along the inside of lane 1 or not. Committing a line violation in attempting to avoid contact while passing another competitor does not excuse the violation, nor will it preclude disqualification.

LAPPED RUNNERS
Runners who are lapped should hold their line when being passed by runners who are lapping them. Obstructing a lapping runner is grounds for disqualification

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TAUNTING POLICY (adopted by Region 6 Coaches and Administrators, spring 2000)

Before the Finish Line:

  1. Any overt form of celebration, such as raising ones hand or hands over ones head, jumping, leaping, skipping, running backward, crawling, etc. shall be considered to be taunting, and shall result in the disqualification of the guilty athlete (and his/her team, if in a relay).
  2. Pointing toward another competitor, trash talking or "woofing", or any other display of poor sportsmanship which is directed toward another competitor (or toward an official) shall be considered to be taunting, and shall result in the disqualification of the guilty athlete (and his/her team, if in a relay).

After the Finish Line

  1. Pointing toward another competitor, trash talking or "woofing", or any other display of poor sportsmanship which is directed toward another competitor (or toward an official) shall be considered to be taunting, and shall result in the disqualification of the guilty athlete (and his/her team, if in a relay).
  2. NOTE: Celebration of a good performance which is not directed in a negative way toward another competitor or team is NOT considered to be taunting and shall NOT result in the disqualification of the guilty athlete (and his/her team, if in a relay).

Disqualification:
Any meet official may make a recommendation of disqualification to the meet director and jury.

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Track and Field Clothing/Uniform/Jewelry
Detailed Rules and Interpretations
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General Rules for all Events
  • All competitors must wear uniforms of the same color and same general style
  • Initial checking for compliance with uniform regulations occurs at the time the athlete checks in with the Clerk
  • It is the athlete’s responsibility to wear a legal uniform
  • It is the coach’s responsibility to inform athletes re: uniform rules
  • All socks are legal: high or low, striped or plain.
Individual Events
  • Competitors may wear articles of clothing under their singets and under their shorts
  • Each article worn under singlet or shorts must be of a single, solid color, and must have no pattern, no visible advertising logo, and no visible trademarks
  • An article worn under a singlet need not be the same color as the article (if any) worn under the shorts
Relay Events
  • All members of a single relay team must wear uniforms of the same color and same general style
  • Competitors may wear articles of clothing under their singets and under their shorts
  • Each article worn under singlet or shorts must be of a single, solid color, and must have no pattern, no visible advertising logo, and no visible trademarks
  • One or more members of a relay team may wear an article of clothing under his or her singlet(s). The articles of clothing worn under the singlet by team members may be of different styles (e.g. short-sleeved t-shirt, long-sleeved t-shirt, turtelneck, etc.). When articles are worn under the singlet by more than one member of a relay team, all of those articles must be of the same color.
  • One or more members of a relay team may wear an article of clothing under his or her shorts. The articles of clothing worn under the shorts by team members may be of different styles (e.g. lycra shorts, knee-length tights, ankle-length tights, etc.). When articles are worn under the shorts by more than one member of a relay team, all of those articles must be of the same color.
  • It is not necessary that the articles of clothing worn by team members under the singlet are the same color as articles of clothing worn by members of the same team under their shorts.
  • It is not necessary that every member of a relay team wear clothing under their singlets and/or shorts even if one or more of their teammates wears such an article(s) of clothing.
Jewelry
  • Wristwatches are permitted
  • There will be no enforcement of jewelry rules
Enforcement
  • A competitor who is in violation of these rules will not be permitted to compete in an event until he or she is in compliance with the rules.
  • The start of an event will not be delayed to permit an athlete to come into compliance
  • Should a competitor start in an event in violation of uniform rules, he or she is subject to disqualification following the event.
  • If the competition begins before the athlete complies with the rules, the athlete forfeits his/her right to compete in that event

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