Rules

MVT&FL COMPETITION RULES AMENDED 2011

The League will be known as the “Midland Veteran’s Track and Field League”

The structure of the Executive Committee
An Executive committee will be voted on at the A.G.M to organize the everyday running of the league
The Executive Committee will be made up of
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Trophy Secretary
Records Officer
Results Officer
Divisional Secretaries
Ex Officio Committee Members

League membership

The membership fee for the coming season has been set at £120 per team (this covers Men and Women’ teams) and also covers cost of entry fee into cup final.  The membership fee has to be agreed at the leagues A.G.M.

The membership fee should be paid to our treasurer by the 31st March prior to the start of the season.
Teams owing subscriptions will not be allowed to compete.

The host club(s) must appoint a Starter, Track Referee, Field Referee, Two Timekeepers and recorders and at minimum a First Aid cover, a Paramedic is preferred.  The meeting will not be allowed to commence without the minimum of first aid cover.

Competing clubs/ teams are required to bring four officials/ helpers. Athletes may act as officials in league meetings (not the cup final) but must ensure that they are replaced before leaving to compete.

Divisional Secretaries will nominate clubs to be responsible for field events at each meeting.  If you are unable to bring four officials/helpers you must give your divisional secretary adequate notice. Please ensure that your team of officials/helpers is competent for the event that they are covering and that at least one of them is qualified. Should clubs fail to bring officials they must deselect athletes to act as officials at the time required. The club will not be permitted to compete at that fixture if they do not comply.

Officials/ Helpers must be competent. If clubs have qualified officials, who would like to judge extra events the referee may direct them to where support is required.

Promoting of League meetings

Each team should promote a league meeting once ever two seasons. If two clubs merge their resources to accomplish this they will still need to repeat this either in the same season or the following season for both clubs to fulfill their league commitment.

Expenses occurred by promoting clubs

Promoting clubs may claim back expenses incurred for track hire with the usual running costs such as ammunition for the starter and first aid.  The feeding of officials is not reclaimable for league meetings.
Expenses must be claimed in writing with the various break downs by the 31st December of the year in which the meeting took place and sent to the league treasurer.  Failure to claim by that time would forfeit the claim.

Rules of competition for athletes

All athletes must be “Veterans” on the day of competition.

Events will be held for the following age categories, M35, M40, M50, M60 and W35, W40, W50, W60

Second claim athletes

Athletes must be first claim members of their club unless they fall into the following
categories:
An athlete can represent their second claim club should their first claim club not be able to raise a veteran’s team in any Vets’ league in the U.K.  This applies unless an instruction to the contrary is receive from the athletes first claim club.
Ladies or men can compete for their second claim club if their first claim club undertakes not to enter a ladies or men’s team during the same season.
A maximum of three male and three female second claim members per team per season may compete in the league.
Once a team has used up its three male and three female athletes second claim allowance, no other second claim athlete may compete for that team until next season, this includes Cup final selection.
The same three male and female athletes may compete in all four league meeting and the cup final.
Recruitment of athletes from other clubs would not be regarded as within the spirit of the rules of the league.

Rules of competition for age groups

Older athletes may compete in a younger age category, e.g. M60 may run or jump in a M50 event but he/she cannot then compete in the same event/discipline at a different age category at the same meeting.
Younger athletes are not permitted to compete in events staged for older athletes (e.g. M40 cannot compete in a M50 event) the offending athlete will be disqualified and the club violating this rule may be punished.
Rules above apply to women athletes also.

Rules for clubs competition

If a club enters two male and female teams e.g. due to a merger of clubs, once an athlete has competed for one team he/she cannot compete for their clubs other team in the same season.
Athletes must wear the designated vest for the club they are competing for.

The wearing of numbers and the numbering system.

Numbers are to be provided by clubs and worn back and front (except high jump and pole vault).
M50, M60, and W50, W60 athletes must wear an X printed on the end of their number to avoid confusion when competing with athletes from a younger age group in combined age races.
If your team competes under the numbers 1 and 2 say for example,  1 would be for M35, 2 would be for M40, 1X for M50, leaving 2X for M60 and DON’T FORGET :  If say your athlete is competing in an event which happens to be a younger age group (and this is allowed) he/she MUST have the number that corresponds with that age group to alleviate any confusion.
The women use the same system but with whatever numbers are allocated to them.
Numbers with a thin pencilled or biroed X on them will not be tolerated and this is the reason for this shake up.  If you don’t have a large X printed on the end of your number…  at least have a second card attached front and back of the athlete with a LARGE X PRINTED on that. This helps the track judges enourmously.
Numbers can be obtained from Ivan Taylor Trophy Sports 01509 829464
Competition no longer exist for “B” string athletes

General rules for Meetings

Meetings should start promptly at 7.00pm unless competing clubs agree a different time.
The number of athletes in each age category competing in track events will be decided by the executive committee when deciding which events will be held at each meeting.
Points scoring are as follows:
All events will be scored with 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Match points
Meeting points will be scored with 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 League points
These will be adjusted if the number of clubs in the division with most clubs is other than eight. e.g. Nine clubs will make point scoring nine points down to one for all Divisions.
Provisional team scores may be available on the night of competition.
The host club should send the track slips, field cards and declaration sheets together with a full set of results to the Divisional Secretary for scrutiny. The subject to scrutiny results should also be sent to the Results Officer and the Records Officer as soon as possible.
Divisional Secretaries are asked to check the results and send copies to the League, Athletics Weekly,  Veteran Athletics and veteran athletics statisticians as soon as possible.
Detailed results should be sent to clubs as soon as possible.
Clubs are advised to check their own results and the total for the club above them in
each fixture.
Errors should be reported to the Divisional Secretary.

Field events should use Veteran implements as detailed in U.K.A. rule book.
Events to be held under U.K.A. rules (latest edition) with the addition of B.M.A.F rules where appropriate.
Many stadiums do not have three or six kg. Shots or Hammers, and athletes are no longer obliged to share their own implements.  If three or six kg implements are not available to all competitors then all will have to use 6.25kg/ 4kg implements
The MCAA has sometimes provided lists of officials available for our fixtures.
These lists will be sent to Divisional secretaries when available.
Teams should appoint a manager and/or secretary to liaise with other clubs and league officers.
Divisional Secretaries in consultation with promoting clubs should advise these officials that they are or are not required by end of March.
Full details e.g. timetables/ maps/ duties should be sent to all officials and other clubs at least two weeks in advance of fixtures. These are also available on the MVT&FL website
mvtfl.wordpress.com
Divisional trophies will be decided on the May to August meetings.
Selection of Athlete of the division (both male and female) will be organized and decided by the Divisional Secretary from nominations made by team managers.
Presentations to be made after the cup final.
All team trophies are perpetual and should be returned to the divisional secretaries at the July fixture.
Individual’s trophies are to be retained by the athlete.
Cup Final rules see later

Rules on Guests

Veteran guests from competing clubs will be allowed to compete if time and space permit.
Only athletes that are members of a league team will be allowed to guest. (see change to this ruling later).
Guest’s will be none scoring
The decision to permit guests rests solely with the referee.
Please check with your divisional secretary before making a long journey.
Guests must wear the appropriate letter for their club plus a number if there are several of them, A1,    A2 etc
SPECIAL AMENDMENT TO GUEST RULE
NON SCORING GUEST ATHLETES
“Registered UKA athletes who are not members of a MVTFL club may compete as non scoring guests in events where we have a serious shortage of athletes”.
Guests MUST belong to UKA Registered Athletic club and MUST present their UKA Registration No.
These special circumstances exist in our North Division [Women’s events].
If you want to compete in one of our North Division fixtures please contact the divisional secretary one week in advance of that fixture.
Guests from league clubs proposing to compete should also notify David Drew in advance.
If they apply in time they will get preference.
Guests cannot set league records.

Field rules
In all field events only one competitor per team will be allowed.
Three attempts only will be allowed in the throws and horizontal jumps.
Normal rules apply in High Jump and Pole Vault.
A divisional secretary in agreement with a referee can introduce a change from three attempts if this is necessary to complete the program.
This change can be permitted during a meeting or between fixtures.
No change is permitted during a particular event unless there is an emergency, e.g. failure of floodlights.
Events must be held with proper equipment. (No high jump stands for pole vault)

Track rules

Rules will apply in the walk if only two judges are available.
100/200 /400/ and relays where there are insufficient lanes for all the teams competing
If all competitors can not be accommodated one of the following procedures should be selected with the agreement of the track referee.
Two runners may be put in one lane if they both agree. Less able runners should be prepared to run “behind” a faster runner in the same lane in 200m and 400m races
If this is not possible, the race will have to be split and the result decided on time.
Should three runners in different races have the same time they will have to be placed equal, even if the track judges in one of the races split two of them.  If all three were in the same race, they should be split for positions.
800m races with “too many” competitors
Either
1 Use the 800m staggered start and put two runners in one lane.
2 Use the curved start line

Clarification of rules for relays
Medley Relay to be run in the order 200,200,400,800
Start on line for first 500m in lanes.
First change at change marked for box 2 in 4×100, second change as used for 4×400, and the 400m runner to break on the back straight.
4x200m relay
Unless the track is clearly marked for this relay, the first two runners should run as in the medley relay.  The third runner will not break until the back straight.  The final change over box will be to the box at 200m in lane 1
4x400m relay
first 500m to be run in lanes.

Medical support at fixtures:

All promoting clubs must ensure that qualified first aid staff with adequate equipment is present throughout the meeting.
Failure to supply first aid cover means that the meeting must be cancelled
Access to a telephone must be provided.
A referee or divisional Secretary may postpone or cancel a fixture if they consider medical support inadequate.

CUP FINALS

All clubs will have paid the entry fee for the cup finals when they pay their league subscriptions.
Cup final entry forms must be completed by the date specified by the Divisional secretary of the division hosting the cup final.
A condition of entry will be the provision of officials
Scoring for the Finals will be 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in all events
A FINAL
The best two teams in each division plus the two next best scoring teams wishing to compete. Should any of these teams not wish to compete in the final the next best scoring teams would be selected. A total of eight teams will contest the “A” final.
B FINAL
The next best eight scoring teams that wish to compete in the final would contest the B final
C FINAL
The remaining teams who wish to contest the finals.

Should there be insufficient teams to contest the C final the remaining teams could be   amalgamated into the B final if possible.
The make up will be arranged by the executive so as to produce what is in their opinion, the best balanced number of teams for each final. The team and individual match points will be awarded as per which final has the highest number of teams if they so differ. The different genders will be judged individually according to how many teams each gender has in the finals. It was agreed to leave this to the discretion of the organising committee.
Men and Women’s teams are scored separately except for the Gold Cup  (A final only)
If any clubs score an equal number of points any trophies won will be shared.
The cup final will be promoted on a rota basis by each division in turn.
Cup finals will be promoted by a different Division each year making it a three year cycle for each Division.
Each Div will decide amongst themselves what venue the final will be held at.
Each club in that division will be required to nominate a representative to assist the promoting club.
The league secretary will notify the divisional secretary of the league hosting the cup final of the make up of the clubs in each relevant final.  The treasurer will assist with the payment of bills.
Any event that was not contested during the season in league and events that were not contested in the previous cup final, should be added to the meeting along side the rest of the events. It is advised that some feed back should go to the chairman and league secretary during the assembly of the cup final program.
The promoting Div should contact with the league Chairman and the league secretary when the cup final program is finalised for final agreement.
Promoting clubs may claim back expenses incurred for track hire with the usual running costs such as ammunition for the starter and first aid.  Because of the number of officials needed, the feeding of officials will be reclaimable for the cup final.
The promoting division is responsible for the appointment of Meeting manager, Referees, Chief timekeeper, Starters and Marksmen.
Competing clubs will be required to provide a team of officials / helpers for one field event and to provide one track official.
At least one field event official must be qualified and all helpers must be competent.
Please note some additional rules or rule changes may be incorporated to ensure the smooth running of the finals.

League Records

The league shall recognize records set at league meetings and the Cup final
Records shall only be recognized if the rules of the competition are followed in full
Records shall be recognized for M35-39, M40-49, M50-59, M60-69 M70-79, M80+
W35-44, W45-49, W50-59, W60-69, W70+
Records will only be accepted if set with implements approved by the league
Records must be claimed by 31st December in the year that record was set.
An individual, Team Manager or Divisional Secretary can claim records. It would be helpful if declaration sheets indicate when an athlete is competing out of own age group.
Guests can not claim records
Claims should be made to our Records Officer.  See address list.

Awarding of points for an abandoned meeting

If meeting was cancelled or abandoned and less than 50% of events complete then
1   At end of season league points and match points to be multiplied by 4/3
2    If result stood because 50% or more of events completed then
2a    League points calculated as normal on results completed.
2b    Match points for that fixture only to be scaled up,  e.g. if 70% events complete then match points for that   fixture only to be   multiplied by 10/7 (League points are the points awarded to teams at the end of a match in which to signify their finishing position at that meeting. Match points are points awarded to either an individual athlete or a teams relay quad).
This will make a sensible comparison with other divisions possible for selection of A & B Cup Finals.
3   Men and women’s results to be considered separately when applying items 1 & 2

Medical cover at meetings
All meeting must have First aid cover and it is strongly recommended that a paramedic in attendance is the preferential cover.

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