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TRACK AND FIELD SECTION.

Athletics Stadium, The Everholm, Annan.

 


Age Group band changes for track and field

 

29th March 2014

The outdoor season looms large and will soon be upon us.

A Commonwealth Games year always carries extra significance and, of course, it’s even more special this time around with Glasgow 2014 on the horizon.

But, while that will undoubtedly attract huge profile and media focus, from those both inside and outside the sport, scottish athletics championships will retain great significance for so many of our membership.

The summer calendar is online and online entry is the preferred option for many of the National Championship events.

There’s also an Age Group banding change as scottish athletics reverts to those used UK-wide following a pilot scheme. On the link  here
There is now a document with a lot of information about the summer track and field season. Please read this if you have a query.

The U12 age group applies only to our SuperTEAMS event with the U13, U15 and U17 age groups taking effect from April 1.

There’s no change to Cross Country age groups nor those applying to U20 or Senior athletes.

 

So here’s a simple guide for forthcoming events (such as the Districts in May and the Age Groups in August):

 

                Age Groups/Qualification

 

From April 1 we are reverting back to the UKA age groups as follows:

 

Under 12: Born between 1/9/03 and 31/8/04 – For SuperTEAMS

 

Under 13: Born between 1/9/01 and 31/8/03

 

Under 15: Born between 1/9/99 and 31/8/01

 

Under 17: Born between 1/9/97 and 31/8/99

 

Under 20 Born between 31/12/94 and 31/8/97

 

Senior: Born before 31/12/94

 

Masters: 35 and over on day on competition (5 year age groups)

 

We are looking to launch online entry for a series of events on the scottishathletics website over the next month or so and that will start with the District track and field champs due over the weekend of May 23/24.

Pitreavie and Kilmarnock are the venues for the East and West respectively with action on Friday night and Saturday. Inverness hosts the North event over one-day on May
24.

So here’s the basic list of scottishathletics National events and venues for the summer 2014 season

May 23/24: District Track and Field Champs (East at Pitreavie, West at Kilmarnock).

May 24: North District Track and Field Champs (Queens Park, Inverness).

15 June: Scottish Masters and Relays at Pitreavie

5/6 July: Scottish CE Champs at Aberdeen

16/17 August: Scottish National Champs at Kilmarnock

23/24 August: Scottish Age Group Champs (TBC).

 Note the Age Groups are no longer due at Grangemouth because of track work being undertaken at that venue.


New Age Groups Information

As we approach the 2012 Indoor Track & Field Season, we are aware that the “Pilot” programme changing the age groups for Track and Field championships will throw up many questions for the athletes, coaches and parents involved.

The new age groups for the 2012 season are as follows:

Age Groups/Qualification
Under 12:Born Between 1 Jan 2001 – 31 Dec 2002
Under 14:Born between 1 Jan 1999 – 31 Dec 2000
Under 16:Born between 1 Jan 1997 – 31 Dec 1998
Under 18:Born between 1 Jan 1995 – 31 Dec 1996
Under 20:Born between 1 Jan 1993 – 31 Dec 1994
Senior:Born before 1 Jan 1993

The “Pilot” programme commenced on 1st April 2011 and, whilst taking us away from age groups in England and Wales, brings us into line with most, if not all other countries world-wide.


The rationale
It has been very apparent through the Strategy Review process, feedback from clubs, and direct observation of participation numbers at events, that underpinning our future health as a sport, we must engage and retain more young people in our sport – making “a sport for life” happen for more people.


One factor that is perceived as a barrier is the U17 – U20 jump, and the double years at younger age groups. By changing the age group to U18, we reduce that gap at an age when we lose many athletes. Success and feeling that you are competitive is a key factor in motivation – especially when in formative years.


Similarly, we plan to recognise all “year groups” at National Championships – major medals at U16, U18 etc, but recognition also of the leading U15, and U17 athletes.

On one level the change may seem a small one, but we hope and expect that this can be a catalyst that has a much greater impact.

When combined with the changes to the competitive season – a more progressive structure through the season, with our National Championships having meaning in terms of selection to represent Scotland (eg Celtic Games following the Age Group Championships), and the many other priorities in the strategy (eg support and priority to our clubs and the challenges they face) – the age group changes are significant, but not the be-all and end all.

Specific questions have been asked about some events and how they relate to the Celtic Games events. We will ensure that events at our Age Group Championships reflect absolutely those that follow on at the Celtic Games. We are using that event as a selection meet, so this is essential.

The Regional Athletics Squad, coordinated by the  Dumfries & Galloway Local Athletics Partnership meet on a regular basis, bringing senior coaches in various disciplines to help the squad athletes progress and hopeful become members of the Area Performance Squads

Athletes aim eventually to become members of the West Area Squad

Invitations to train  with the squad will be extended to any athlete attaining the performances below, achieved in the previous season

ELIGIBILITY STANDARDS FOR 2007 ATTAINED IN 2006
Event
U15 Boys
U 15 = Girls
U 17 = Boys
U17 = Girls
U 20 = Boys
U 20 = Girls
100m
13.5
14.0
13.0
13.6
12.2
13.2
200m
28.5
28.9
27.5
28.0
25.8
27.7
300m



45.6


400m
65.0

60.0

56.0
61.5
800m
2:25.0
2:45.0
2:15.0
2:35.0
2:12.0
2:30.0
1500m
5:00.0
5:30.0
4:40.0
5:15.0
4:34.0
5:08.0
75mH
14.1
14.5




80mH
14.5


13.5

17.0
100mH


16.0

16.0

1500m = s/c


5:30.0

5:10.0

High = jump
1.40
1.30
1.55
1.40
1.62
1.50
Pole = vault
2.00

2.00

2.00

Long = jump
4.45
4.00
5.00
4.40
5.50
4.50
Triple = jump
10.00

10.50
7.90
11.50
8.50
Javelin
23.00
18.00
32.00
23.00
36.50
24.00
Discus
22.00
19.00
28.00
22.00
29.00
25.00
Shot
8.60
7.50
10.50
8.00
11.00
9.00
Hammer
22.00
17.00
27.00
20.00
27.00
24.00
Pentathlon
1950
1850

2200


Heptathlon





2350
Octathlon


3500