Athletics Carnival

Event Information

Date: Tuesday 25th August 2020

Venue: Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Homebush Bay

Commencing Time: 8:30am

Concluding Time: 3:30pm approximately

2020 program TBC

Rules and Information

IAAF & IPC RULES will apply with the following additions/exceptions:

1. lanes will be randomly allocated. Where a competitor is missing, the manager reserves the right to change the lane allocation for the benefit of the event.

2. a. Age is at the 31st December, 2020 (ie; the age the competitor turns this year.)

    b. The exception to the above is for relays - where if schools are unable to field a team, students may run up one age only and in one relay only.

3. Competitors may enter as many events in their age group as they wish. Students entered in a number of events are responsible for ensuring that they do not miss their events. Please refer to point number 11 below.

4. Competitors must stay in their age group for the whole carnival.

5. Ground officials and competitors only shall be allowed onto the arena, and competitors must leave as soon as their event is finished. Team managers, coaches and spectators should remain outside the field of play.

6. Track competitors should report to the marshalling area (which is adjacent to the start) when their event is called. (Athletes and team management should ensure athletes do not turn up for track events too early possibly jeopardising their competition at field events).

7. The Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre is a synthetic ‘Rekortan’ surface, hence spikes can only be a maximum of 9mm for High Jump and Javelin Throw; and 7mm for all other events.

8. Starting

    a. Use of a crouch start is compulsory in all events up to and including 400m and relays.

    b. Use of starting blocks is compulsory for all events up to and including 400m.

    c. Competitors must occupy the lane allocated.

    d. Method–Rule 162.3 events up to and including 400m;

“On your marks”



In races longer than 400;

“On your marks”


See false start rules below - Rule 162.8

The Competition will be conducted under the new IAAF false start rule for athletes in the 14, 15, 16, 17 & 19yrs age groups. A dispensation has been granted for athletes in the 12 & 13yrs age group - To dispel confusion, the false start rule for the BBSSSA event, will be as follows:

1. 12 & 13 year age groups - any athlete responsible for a false start shall be warned. Only one false start per race shall be allowed. Any athlete that causes the second false start in the race will be disqualified.

2. 14, 15, 16, 17 & 19 year age groups - immediate disqualification of any athlete causing a false start (i.e. one false start incurs disqualification). Please note - if an athlete competes up an age group (relays are the only event this may apply to), they will compete under the rule for that particular age group. Occasionally a start will be recalled by the starters; that is due to general unsteadiness of the athletes on their blocks. In such a case no false start is recorded against the field or any athlete in it.

9. Place-getters:

Competitors must return to the finishing line in their respective lanes until places are allotted.

They must then report to the recording table as soon as places are allotted.

10. Field Events:

Competitors must report to the field event area when their event is called.

Competition will consist of only 3 (three) rounds in Throws and Jumps (excepting High Jump) on completion of competition, the first 3 place-getters will receive their ribbons.

11. Simultaneous Entries. IAAF Rule 142.3

 If an athlete is entered in both a track and field event held at the same time (or two field events), the athlete may move between the two events. An athlete may be allowed to take a trial in field events in a different order in all except the final round of competition. If an athlete misses an attempt and the competition continues into the next round, the athlete will be deemed to have passed that attempt. Please note, the Little Athletics rule of track taking precedence over field does not apply to IAAF rules and hence, to this competition. Athletes will need to manage their own events and liaise with relevant event officials.

12. The following times should not normally be exceeded - Rule 180.17

     a. 0.5 minute for all events

     b. In the final stages of the competition in the High Jump, when only 2 or 3 competitors continue in the competition at the completion of a round, the above time should be increased to 1.5 minutes for the High Jump. If there is only one competitor left, this time shall be increased to 3 minutes for the High Jump.

     c. In the case of consecutive trials by the same athlete, when more than 1 athlete is still competing in the case of High Jump or whatever the number of participants in other field events, the time referred in (a) and (b) will be increased to 2 minutes .

13. Ties Rule 181.8

Ties shall be resolved as follows:

     a. the athlete with the lowest number of jumps at the height at which the tie occurs shall be awarded the higher place.

     b. If the tie still remains, the athlete with the lowest failures throughout the competition up to and including the height last cleared, shall be awarded the higher place.

     c. if the tie still remains:

     d. If it concerns first place, the athletes so tying shall have one jump at the next height, determined in accordance with rule          181.1, after the height last cleared by the athletes tying, and if no decision is reached the bar shall be raised if the tying                athletes were successful, or lowered if not, 2cm for the High Jump. They shall then attempt one jump at each height until            the tie is resolved. Athletes so tying must jump on each occasion when resolving the tie. If it concerns any other place, the athletes shall be awarded the same place in the competition.

14. For long throws, measurement may occur at the end of each round.

15. Protests Rule 146

“Any protest shall in the first instance, be made orally to the Referee by the athlete, or someone acting on his behalf.”

This means - at the time of the problem, the athlete should make a protest to the ANSW official conducting the event.

‘…The referee may decide on the issue or refer the matter to the Jury of Appeal. If the Referee makes a decision, there shall be a right of appeal to the Jury. The athlete has the right to appeal to the Jury this must be in writing and submitted by…’ the team manager within 20 minutes of the announcement of the referee’s decision. It should be handed to the Convenor in the administration room accompanied by a deposit of $20 – which will be forfeited should the protest be not upheld.

16. Accidents

Should an accident occur, the official/s & teacher/s in charge of the event are to fill out an accident form (available in the First Aid or Recording Rooms) and return to the recording area. The injured athlete should report to the first aid officer at the ground.

17. The convenor reserves the right to admit additional ‘wildcard’, competitors in exceptional circumstances. These athletes will not accrue team points for that event, but will be eligible to win, and proceed to the next carnival.

18. Athletes with a disability shall hold at least a provisional classification.

19. Athletes with a disability shall compete together in a multi-class event. Places will be determined on individual performance percentage of the Australian record for their classification. The athlete with the greater percentage shall be awarded the medal. Please complete the separate entry form for each athlete and forward to the convenor by the due date.

20. Athletes with a disability will fall into one of the following classifications – Visually Impaired (T/F 11; 12; 13); Athletes with learning difficulties (T/F 20); Cerebral Palsy (T/F 31 – 38); Ambulatory athletes (F 40; T/F 42 – 46); Wheelchair athletes ( T 51 – 54;); Deaf (T/F 01)

21. Triple Jump – is available for athletes 13 years and older as there is no event at NSW or School Sport Australia Events for 12 year olds.

22. Selection to CCC Athletics Meet

Students should be alerted that for the NSW CCC Athletics Carnival the following number of athletes will be selected into the Broken Bay team.

1500m Walk 2 athletes (12-14y) & (15-17y) 

1500m 2 athletes per age

Discus 1 athlete per age

800m 2 athletes per age

Javelin 1 athlete per age

400m 1 athlete per age

Long Jump 1 athlete per age

200m 2 athletes per age

High Jump 1 athlete per age

100m 2 athletes per age

Triple Jump 2  athletes  - 1 per division (12-15 years / junior division and 16+ years senior division)

Hurdles 1 athlete per age


The Broken Bay Carnival will use the specifications from the NSW All Schools Championships. Please note we will follow the throws and hurdles specifications, not the jumps.

NSW All Schools Specifications