Track and Field Rules
Track & Field Rules at Oxford City AC
It is the responsibility of all athletes, coaches, and officials to ensure that all training sessions and competitions are conducted in a safe manner
Track & General
- Track fees MUST be paid for training
- Only spikes of a maximum 6mm in length may be worn on the track (longer spikes permitted for high jump and javelin)
- Lane 1 is NOT to be used for training
- Warm-up in the outside lanes. Leave the inside lanes clear for distance runners.
- If you hear a call of “TRACK”, immediately move to the outside as it means you are in the way of oncoming athletes
- You should not wear earphones or ear buds while training – please leave these are track side. You need to be able to focus on what is going on around you without distractions.
- When crossing the track, always check in both directions
- Never walk in front of timekeepers and track judges during a match or competition.
- Do not hold discussions on the track.
- Never leave your equipment on the track
- Hurdles should only be used in the direction they are designed to topple
- DO NOT cross the grass centre of the stadium, this area is for throws, always walk around the outside of the track
- Apart from running, all other activities (throws, jumps, hurdles) should only be undertaken under the guidance of a suitably qualified coach.
- Sandpits to be raked regularly during training.
- Never leave the rake lying on the ground – prop it against the fence.
- Check before you cross the run-up.
- Never leave anything on the run-up. – Place markers at the side
- Never attempt Fosbury style High jump, except onto a suitable landing area, under the direction of your coach.
- Experienced, mature athletes may train alone, provided they have a companion to ensure that they are aware of other track users. Otherwise all training must be under the supervision of a suitably qualified coach
- When you are throwing YOU should always check the area is clear before you throw.
- Do not throw until you are instructed to
- When working in a group, all equipment must be thrown, before all are collected.
- Always walk whilst collecting and returning javelin. Carry it in a vertical position
- Hammer throwers should repair divots created by their implements wherever possible.
- Place thumb over blunt end, lever javelin to vertical position. Remove from ground.
- NEVER throw back towards your throwing position.
- Throwers should use the appropriate weight equipment for the age group, or as directed by your coach
- Always stand away from cage netting for hammer and discus
- Assembly point for evacuation of the track or building is the car park
- There are no public telephones at the track, but most coaches will have a phone
- For training, a first aid kit is available at the tea bar and all coaches should be trained and have first aid kits with them
- For a match the first aid room will be manned