Annan & District Athletic Club
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 linkhere
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):
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
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.
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 “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.
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.