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  • All officials must sign the attached “Officials sign-in sheet”
  • Results must be sent to the recording table following the completion of each age group’s event

New centre records

  • Key Officials should note the record of the event they are conducting. For a record to be recognized, the key Official must clearly note the new record on the event sheet, sign and date it and have it endorsed by a committee member. The record will be passed to the Centre’s committee and ratified at the next committee meeting.


  • Broom: For removing debris and excess water from the track
  • Hurdles: 60 adjustable height hurdles (refer specifications below)
  • Starting blocks: 6 for use by Under 12 – 15 age groups
  • Starting equipment:
    • Starting Gun and caps: Should be reloaded after every start.
    • Whistle: As a warning device that start procedure is about to
    • begin.
    • Ear Plugs / Muffs: Of good quality as guns are a noise hazard.
    • Walkie-talkie: For contacting other officials such as Timekeepers and Arena Manager
    • Identifying Colour: Safety Vest and/or Red “top”

Order of events

  • Events should be conducted in the order in which they appear on the daily running sheet. If appropriate, this order may be changed but only
    with the prior approval of the Arena Manager.
  • The event order is particularly important with regard to hurdles, as a change in order may require the heights of hurdles to be adjusted.

Officials required (5+ Age Manager)

  • Starter
  • Marshall
  • 3 Place Judges.
  • Age Manager to assist with the order of competitor
  • All officials except the starter, who must maintain the security of the starting equipment, are required to assist with adjusting hurdle heights and placement as required

Event safety

  • At the start of the day, the track should to be inspected for debris and excess water. Debris such as sand, gravel or leaf litter as well as
    puddles of excess water should be removed by sweeping the area.
  • NEVER permit an athlete to go over a hurdle (whether walking or running) in the wrong direction (i.e. from the landing side).
  • Inspect hurdles for damage, a damaged hurdle must be separated from the set and reported to the Equipment Manager for repair.
  • The feet of the hurdles, should be at right angles to the cross bar and MUST be placed on the track on the approach side of the athlete.
  • All hurdle races are run as laned events, athletes must remain in their lane until all other athletes have finished to ensure that they do not cause a hazard to other athletes.
  • If the track or weather is excessively wet, officials may cancel the event after consulting with the Arena Manager.
  • Starters safety issues:
    • Noise: Caused by the firing of the starting guns requires good quality industrial ear plugs/muffs to be used.
    • Fire Hazard: The “Caps” used in starting guns are a potential fire hazard and must be carried in a suitable container such as a leather pouch, plastic or wooden box.
    • The starter must maintain the security of the starting gun and caps at all times. Athletes or other children must NEVER be permitted to handle the starting gun

Hurdle specifications

  • The hurdle is made of metal and consists of 2 feet and 2 uprights supporting a cross bar made of wood or plastic.
  • The hurdle cross bar is adjustable in height and is 70mm wide and 1200mm long. The end of the cross bar projects 50mm - 75mm outside the hurdle frame upright.
  • Each cross bar is white with black stripes 100mm wide. The black stripe should be 225mm from each end of the cross bar.
  • Hurdles should be designed to just resist a force of 2-3kgs, applied to the top edge of the cross bar.
  • The feet should be at right angles to the cross bar and should be placed on the track so that they are on the side of the approach by the athlete.

Preparation for event

  • Ensure the track has been inspected and any debris or excess water has been removed.
    Select an elevated position for the starter to stand, ensuring a clear view of all lanes; a stand should be used if available.
  • Set out hurdles in accordance with the hurdles set up table below.


  • Each athlete is entitled to practice hurdling 2 hurdles to test the hurdle height and the set up of their starting blocks (if used).
  • Athletes must remain in their lane until all other athletes have attempted their practice to ensure that they do not cause a hazard to other athletes

Pack up

  • All equipment must be checked, cleaned and returned to the shed at the conclusion of the day’s competition.

Basic rules

  • Officials should be mindful of the challenge this event poses to some athletes. Athletes aged Under 6 – 8 receive skills development training prior to competing in this event, however an athlete joining the centre in Under 9’s or above will have missed this opportunity and may need some basic guidance.
  • All hurdles races are run as laned events, (athletes are required to remain in their lanes throughout the race).
  • An athlete who trails a foot or leg alongside any hurdle, or jumps any hurdle not in his or her own lane or in the opinion of the chief official, deliberately knocks down any hurdle by hand or foot may be disqualified.
  • The unintentional knocking down of hurdles shall not disqualify an athlete nor prevent a record being set.
Age group Distance &
Hurdle height Distance to first Distance between
Distance to
Flight markings
on side of track
Finish marks
U 9
U10 - 11
(6 flights)
45 cm
60 cm
68 cm
12m 7m 13m Black 1st silver mark
U 9
U10 - 11
U13 & U14G
(9 flights)
45 cm
60 cm
68 cm
76 cm
12m 7m 12m Black 2nd silver mark
U14B & U15G 90M
(9 flights)
76 cm 13m 8m 13m Green 3rd silver mark
U15B 100M
(10 flights)
76cm 13m 8.5m 10.5m Red White line at 200m start
U13 – 15 300m 68cm 50m 35m 40m Green marks on Front straight