SALAA SRC 2014 Changeover Information

Track Markings 4x100m Yellow ticks, acceleration zone blue line in middle of lane 4x200m Blue ticks, no acceleration ...

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Track Markings 4x100m

Yellow ticks, acceleration zone blue line in middle of lane

4x200m

Blue ticks, no acceleration zone

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In  relay  races  the  baton  must  be  passed  within  the  change-­‐over  zone.  The  passing  of  the  baton  is   completed  at  the  moment  it  is  in  the  hand  of  the  receiving  runner  only.  Within  the  change-­‐over  zone  it  is   only  the  position  of  the  baton  which  is  decisive  and  not  the  position  of  the  body  or  limbs  of  the  athlete. If  the  baton  is  dropped  during  the  event,  the  athlete  who  dropped  it  must  be  the  one  to  recover  it.  If  the   wrong  athlete  retrieves  the  baton,  the  team  will  only  be  disqualified  if  a  material  advantage  is  gained.   (Note  that  it  is  the  Track  Referee  who  makes  this  decision,  so  the  red  flag  must  be  raised  by  the   changeover  marshal.) Athletes  should  remain  in  their  lanes  after  changes.  Wilful  impeding  or  pushing  off  leads  to   disqualification. In  events  in  which  the  first  part  of  the  race  is  run  in  lanes,  athletes  after  completing  this  part,  are  free  to   take  up  any  position  on  the  track. In  proceeding  from  a  heat  to  a  final,  the  composition  of  a  team  cannot  be  altered  except  with  the   permission  of  the  Arena  Manager,  who  shall  grant  approval  only  in  the  case  of  injury  or  illness. The  order  of  running  can  be  changed  at  will. For  the  4x100m  event,  members  of  a  team,  other  than  the  first  runner,  may  commence  running  not  more   than  10m  outside  the  take-­‐over  zone.  This  area  is  known  as  the  acceleration  zone  and  is  denoted  by  a   distinctive  mark. For  the  4x200m  and  Medley  events,  athletes  must  start  from  a  stationary  position  wholly  inside  the   change-­‐over  zone  (ie  not  touching  or  beyond  the  lines  that  mark  the  change-­‐over  zone).   For  changeovers  that  do  not  occur  in  lanes,  the  athletes  should  be  marshalled  to  a  position  1-­‐2  metres   forward  of  the  start  of  the  changeover  to  reduce  the  possibility  of  stepping  back  over  the  line.

Officials Ideally six required for each session -

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Four officials positioned to watch the change over lines o Each official should be positioned to observer four lines. o There are more likely to be infringements at the beginning of the changeover zone One official to marshal the athletes onto the track Chief official to oversee and signal with the flags

Procedures 1. Athletes will be brought to the changeover zone from the marshalling tent 2. You can briefly explain the rules for the changeover to the athletes, eg a. You must pass the baton between the lines in your lane 3. Athletes are to be marshalled onto the track as per the marshalling sheet in your folders athletes must be placed in the lanes according to the marshalling sheet. 4. Once all athletes are on the track hold up your white flag to indicate you are ready. 5. Watch changeovers carefully. Have your officials give you a thumbs up/thumbs down to indicate if they observed any issues. 6. If there were no issues, raise your white flag. 7. If an official observed an issue, raise your red flag. Discuss with the official what they saw and radio through to the finish line to tell them what happened. Fill out an infringement form with details of the issue.

8. The track referee at the finish line makes the decision on disqualifications - do not tell the athletes that there has been a disqualification. 9. Once all lanes have completed their change over, send the athletes off the track through the nearest gate. a. Do not let athletes walk across the in-field or walk towards the finish line. 10. Get the next heat marshalled onto the track as soon as possible.

4x200m Events Once the first change is complete, get the first runners off the track and line up the third runners along the blue lines. Athletes are lined up in lane order, but do not need to be placed in lanes.

Medley Events First and second changeovers are between the yellow ticks Third changeover is between the blue 4x400m change over zone - unlaned change. Acceleration zones cannot be used in the medley.

Any Problems Please call for the Arena Manager or Track Referee over the walkie-talkie, or use the phone to contact the finish line.