MEET RULES ( SANCTIONED EVENTS)
Athletes who are members of B.C. Athletics may only compete
in events sanctioned by B.C. Athletics.
BC Athletics insurance policy does not cover athletic events
that do not meet their safety requirements. Elementary, Secondary
School and University Meets are covered by their own insurance
and are exempt.
Sanctioned track meets are highly structured events governed
by a set of detailed Rules for Competition. Infractions of
the rules by athletes, parents or coaches can result in disqualification,
or dismissal of the athlete or the whole Club from a meet.
1.In most situations, officials or competing athletes only
are allowed on the track or infield during a meet.
2.Parents, coaches or other athletes may not coach, advise
or pace (run beside an athlete) within the competition area.
Athletes may communicate with others during competition only
when those persons are in the area designated by the officials
for doing so.
3.Protests concerning the conduct of an event or the actions
of an athlete are registered with meet officials by a senior
club coach within a determined time period. Usually there
is a $40.00 “protest fee” payable by the Club.
Parents must not harass meet officials.
4.Athletes may not scratch from events unless suffering from
illness or Injury. Scratches must be authorized and entered
by the Coach. At higher level competitions unauthorized scratching
can result in an athlete being disqualified for the remainder
of the competition. Athletes who fail to compete in an event
for which they are registered must reimburse the Club for
the cost of that entry (unless a scratch is authorized). Athletes
may switch events only on the basis of the Senior coach striking
an agreement with the meet director.
Athletes should develop a preparation plan that works. This
may take some time to refine. Included in the preparation
plan should be the time it takes to reach the competition
site, the time it takes to warm-up properly and strategies
and tactics to enable the athlete to perform to their best
ability. A successful plan will result in successful performances.