Centre Rules of Competition



  • All events will generally be conducted under the Rules of Competition set by Little Athletics NSW (LANSW), the IAAF Handbook and/or local rules shown below. For further information regarding LANSW rules, please refer to: http://lansw.com.au/Competition/Rules-of-Competition
  • All competitors must be registered members with LANSW
  • Only competitors, officials, and helpers are permitted on to the competition area. On completion of their event, competitors must leave the competition area.
  • All parents, other than officials and helpers, are to remain outside the fence surrounding the competition area at all times.
  • All competitors must compete in approved Centre uniform. The Registration number and Age Group number are to be worn in the designated areas.  It is important that the numbers are visible when competing so that the officials and helpers can correctly record the competitors results.  T-shirts can be worn under singlets if desired.  Athletes can be warned and possibly excluded in subsequent weeks if improperly dressed.
  • Shoes must be worn for all events (this is for the athlete’s own safety).
  • Spike shoes are not to be worn in the U6 to U9 age groups.
  • Spike shoes can be worn as follows:
    • For U10-U17 age groups: For track events run in lanes, plus for the following field events: Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, & Javelin;
    • For U12-U17 age groups: As above, plus spikes may also be used in other track events;
    • Note for the U10 age group: this is a Centre Rule only, due to our grass track. Spikes are not allowed for this age group at LANSW Zone, Region and State events.
  • Athletes wearing spikes should roll off high jump bags (which cost over $1,000 each) and not walk on them.
  • Spike shoes must be carried in a shoe bag to the start of the competition area. They are not be worn at all in the spectator areas.
  • Starting blocks may be used at the discretion of the competitors, in the U10 age groups and above. However, if spikes are worn in laned events, then starting blocks MUST be used.  This is to protect the track from being torn up.
  • Each event will only be called twice. No individual will be called for an event.
  • Where insufficient numbers of competitors attend to compete in an event, age groups may be combined at the discretion of the Centre President. However, if a Centre Record is being attempted, then that age group may only compete with the same gender and/or younger age groups.  This is to minimise the possibility of assistance occurring.
  • Adjustments to the program may be implemented at the discretion of the Centre President.
    • Athletes are expected to remain with their Age Manager for the duration of the event, unless otherwise directed.
    • Field event areas can be dangerous. Children must not touch the equipment unless instructed to do so.  Athletes must shelter behind the protective nets at Discus and not walk through the roped-off Javelin area while the event is being run.
    • Officials and Age Managers will send from the event any athlete who is misbehaving or conducting themselves in any way prejudicial to the performance of others.
    • Any protests or complaints are to be directed to the President in writing or by email.
    • The Centre prides itself on providing an equal opportunity for all athletes in a friendly environment. Please note that the Centre takes a zero tolerance to bullying.
    • The Committee accepts no responsibility for any children left unattended by parents/carers.
    • Sufficient adults must be available for the running of each event, or that event may not be able to proceed.
    • All competitors are expected to take care of the track and field areas. Please keep the oval free of litter by using the bins provided.


    For a result to be entered as a Centre Record:

    1. Field events: An official must be present, and it must be measured by two independent adults;
    2. Track events: An official must be present for the duration of the race. The starter must verify that they were satisfied the start of the race was valid.  For manually recorded times, there must be a minimum of two independent stop watches on 1st place (and if they disagree then the slower of the two times is taken).
    3. The results sheet must be signed off on the day by the official concerned. Records are listed on our website, placed in Age Manager’s folder and Official’s folder.
    4. As good practice, it is expected that the parents of athletes attempting a Centre record will not be involved in any part of the officiating, measuring, timing, or recording of that event.