Falcons Pal Track & Field Rules

Parochial Athletics League (PAL)

  • We all want the athletes to have a good experience regarding track.

  • We will strive to be correct in our measurements and timing but mistakes will happen.

  • Remember to have fun and please be respectful of the volunteers.

The following rules apply to regular meets with exceptions noted for the SuperMeet

Participation Rules

Each School participating in the Track Meet must provide...

  • a Stop Watch (labeled with your school name)

  • a minimum of 2 volunteers to help with the meet

Field Events

  • Each School may enter up to 4 athletes in each Field Event for regular meets.

  • In the Super Meet a school may enter 2 athletes in each Field Event.

Relay Events

  • In each Relay Event a school may enter up to 3 teams, 4 runners per team.

  • In the Super Meet a school may enter 2 teams in each Relay Event.

Individual Running Events

  • In each Running Event, a school may enter up to 4 runners.

  • In the Super Meet a school may enter 2 runners.

Overall

  • IMPORTANT: Each individual athlete may compete in no more than 4 Events per meet

  • Heats will be arranged such that schools should enter their fastest runners in Heat 1, next fastest in Heat 2 and so on.

  • Host Team(s) will provide Meet Results to all participating schools and the PAL Track Coordinator. The coordinator will share these results with all schools.

  • If there are openings in heats (or flights), meet officials may allow other schools to fill those positions with kids who have less than 4 events.

    Only 4 individuals (or 3 relay teams) from each school are eligible for scoring. Any entries in excess of that are not eligible for awards or scoring and that should be noted on the heat sheet.

    There will be no extra entries allowed at the Super Meet.

    Hosts of each meet will decide if this is an option based on time, resources, or other factors.

    Each division may grant member schools the right to field a "B" team if their team is considered too large to allow all athletes to compete. No "B" team is allowed at the Supermeet.

Scoring

Scoring for Individual Events

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Scoring for Relay Events

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Awards

Individual Awards

  • Top 6 individual Event winners and all members of top 6 relay teams will receive a ribbon.

  • Ties will be handled by flipping a coin for the ribbon and splitting the points if between two schools.

  • Top 3 positions at the Supermeet will receive medals.

Team Awards

  • 1st and 2nd place Boys and Girls teams in each meet will receive trophies.

  • In the Super Meet, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Boys and Girls teams will receive trophies.

Field Events

General

  • Field Events typically start all at the same time. If you have an athlete in more than one Field Event one of which is the High Jump, they must report to the High Jump First.

    Coaches
    are responsible for notifying the Field Event Officials that their athlete is participating in the other Field Event.

    Coaches
    will also ensure their athletes promptly report to their next Field Event.

High Jump

  • Opening Height for Boys 4'4", Opening Height for Girls 3' 8".

  • 3 attempts at each height to advance.

  • Bar will be raised at 2" increments, a single remaining jumper may choose the next increment.

  • Athletes must jump from one foot. Any jump using both feet is a scratch.

  • In case of tie: Fewest Total Misses= wins

Long Jump and Triple Jump

  • Each individual allowed at least 2 run-throughs for warm-up.

  • Jumpers will receive 3 attempts.

  • We will go through the entire flight once then repeat that flight for the second and third attempt.

  • Measure jumps to the nearest quarter inch.

  • At the Supermeet jumpers will receive 4 attempts.

Shot Put

  • Boys throw 8 lb shot, Girls throw 6 lb shot, 3 attempts.

  • Each individual allowed at least 2 practice throws for warm-up.

  • We will go through the entire flight once then repeat that flight for the second and third attempt.

  • Measure throws to the nearest quarter inch.

  • Measurement must be made from the "inside" of the ring out to the imprint made by the shot that is closest to the ring.

  • Supermeet throwers will receive 4 attempts.

Discus

  • Both boys and girls throw a 1kg discus. This is the same weight used by high school girls.

  • Each individual allowed at least 2 practice throws during warmup

  • Go through entire flight for first, second and third attempts.

  • Measure throws to the nearest inch.

  • Supermeet throwers will receive 4 attempts.

Running Events

Running Events

  • The PAL Track order of events is: 1600, 4X200, 100, Dist. Med.(200-200-400-800), 60H, 400, 200, 800, 4X100, 4X400.

  • The Meet Directors must notify the teams of the order of events in advance if different than listed above.

  • Non-competitors running along with a competitor, either on the track or alongside, are engaging in "pacing", and could subject their team to disqualification in that event. All such disqualifications shall be at the discretion of the clerk of finish.

Relays - General Notes

  • Relay Teams must exchange the baton in the designated exchange zones.

  • If the baton is dropped, the team may pick up the baton and finish the race without disqualification provided there is no interference with another team and provided the dropped baton does not provide an advantage (such as passing it forward to another team member).

  • Please remind your runners (especially relay runners) not get in the way of other runners on the track. (STAY IN YOUR LANE) Teams may be disqualified if they interfere with another team's performance.

  • If a Relay Team is disqualified, race officials are encouraged to allow the team to finish the race and record a time; however, the team will not be eligible for scoring or awards.

60 Meter Hurdles

  • There will be 5 hurdles set at the lowest setting.

  • Boys race starts from the high school boys 110m hurdles start, girls race starts from the 100m start.

  • In boys race the distance from the starting line to the first hurdle is 13.62m(15yd), between all following hurdles is 9.14m(10yd), distance after 5th hurdle to finish is 9.82m

  • In the girls race the distance from the starting line to the frist hurdle is 13m, between all following hurdles is 8.5m, distance after the 5th hurdle to the finish is 13m.

4 x 200 Relay

  • Nebraska high schools do not run this event therefore not many tracks in our area mark the exchange zones for this event.

  • If the track is marked for this event, all runners stay in lanes for the entire race.

  • If the track is NOT marked for this event, first runners cut-in after coming out of the first turn.

100 Meters

  • 100 Meter Runoff

  • The Super Meet will feature a finals for the 100 Meter dash.

  • For regular season meets, runoffs will not be required. Meet organizers have the option to hold runoffs provided coaches are notified of the order of events (including prelims and runoff) prior to the meet.

  • The Top 8 (or 6 depending on the track) finishers by time of the 100 Meter prelims will run a final heat, or runoff, to determine final scoring.

  • Only runners in this final heat are eligible for awards regardless of times recorded in previous heats.

800 Meters

  • Staggered start and cut in after the first turn

1600 Meters

  • Staggered start and cut in after the first turn.

  • OR Waterfall start, cut-in when you have 2 stride lead

4 x 400 Relay

  • First runner in lanes the entire way.

  • 2nd runner in lane until coming out of first turn then cut in

Sprint Medley (100, 100, 200, 400)

  • First 3 legs stay in lane.

  • 400 runner (anchor leg) cuts in after exchange zone.

Distance Medley (200, 200, 400, 800)

  • First 2 legs stay in lane.

  • 400 runner (3rd leg) cuts in after exchange zone

Shuttle Hurdle Relay

  • There are no official PAL standards for this race, meet director must come up with standards for this event.

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