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Summer Competition

A full range of track and field disciplines is covered during the summer season at SA Athletics Stadium each Wednesday evening, starting on 23 October 2019, with the events alternating each week as shown in the Summer Program, and summarised below.

This year track events will again be divided between three separate programs, alternating over a three week cycle, which are designated A, B and C . The field events programs will continue to alternate every two weeks, and these are designated as 1 and 2. The specific dates on which each type of program will be held can be found in the Summer Program which is available to download (updated 11/9/2019).

We are also introducing a novel competition into the summer program, consisting of a distance-handicapped event in which sprinters and distance runners compete against each other to win a trophy.  This is to be held over three Wednesday nights at the stadium, and will be dubbed the ‘Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge’, in honour of one of the founding members of SA Veterans Amateur Athletics Club (now SAMA), instigator of the Bay-City Fun Run, and one of our 'Magnificent Masters' who epitomised the philosophy of having a go at a range of run distances. For more details see the newsletter article.

The timetables for track events have changed since last year (see below).

Next Summer Meets

Wednesday 23 October 2019 - first summer competition at SA Athletics Stadium, with Program B,1 events (handicap), as shown in the timetable below.

It will include the first 800m qualifier for the invitational 800m Masters Race at the Bay Sheffield Carnival in December (see here for further details including how to nominate for entry).

Sunday 27 October 2019. State Masters Athletics Championships 10,000m Run at SA Athletics Stadium starting at 8.00am. Note that this event is being run earlier in the season than normal. .

The SAMA 10,000m Championships will be run together with the Athletics SA State 10,000m Championships. All ASA O35 athletes and SA Masters athletes will be eligible for both championships.

Bib numbers will be allocated to SAMA members, which will be available on the morning. Any SAMA members with ASA numbers are to wear the ASA numbers.

Entry should be done on-line at https://www.athleticssa.com.au/events/53114/

Closing date for on-line entries is Thursday 24th Oct at 9:00am
PLEASE NOTE: You need to use your new 2019-20 ASA membership login Username and Password to enter this event. Please contact Athletics SA on 8354 3477 if you have any issues entering.

SA Masters athletes will pay a discounted registration fee of $10 to cover stadium admission and a small administration fee. SAMA members should only have the $10 option come up when they click on the Register button.

Entries can also be made on the day for those unable to register on-line.

Scratch v handicap races

Unless indicated as a 'scratch' program, the runs and walks are conducted using predetermined handicaps.

Each week the program will be designated either as 'scratch' or as 'handicap', which will alternate in a bi-weekly cycle. The Program shows the dates for scratch and handicap weeks.

On handicap days if more than 1 heat is required for 400, 800, 1000 or 1500m – the faster heat will be scratch..

Walking events

In the spirit of inclusion SAMA introduced Club Walking into its program, to encourage current walkers who struggle with bent knees, previous walkers who no longer compete for fear of disqualification, and others who might like to try walking without the pressure of full Race walking rules.

SAMA will continue to have two types of walking in its competition – Race Walking and Club Walking.

Race Walking will be conducted under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition.

For Club Walking the only rule is that there would be no running - which for our purposes will be defined by the requirement to always have one foot on the ground (bent knees will not be an issue). Walkers in this category can still be disqualified if they break the contact rule!

During normal SAMA competition in the Track & Field season, the differentiation between the two groups of walkers will only apply for 'scratch' races. For 'handicap' races (which are not judged) all walkers will be competing in a single group.

As both types of walking would be in the same race the type of walking must be nominated on entry into 'scratch races'. We will have some distinguishing feature on Race Walkers. Both types will have their own Club Championship events but there will only be records for Race Walking (which must fulfill the criteria for setting SAG records) and only Race Walkers would be eligible for the SAMA Walks Award.

Other information

The timetables for track events have changed since last year (see below). Lap scoring - please read the information in accompanying document.

The weight and size of implements used for the throws varies according the gender and age group of the competitor (see the AMA website for current specifications).

Multi-events, steeplechase and 10,000m run/walk are not held as part of the normal program, but are included in the SAMA summer championships. This year the hurdles championships will again be run prior to normal competition on two Wednesdays.

SAMA membership covers competition fees for the normal weekly program, but a stadium entry fee is charged by the Stadium management.

A summary of the Hot Weather Contingencies (extracted from the Extreme Weather section of the SAMA By-Laws) can be downloaded from the Information page.

Program Timetables 2019-2020

eg. Program A,1 = TrackA + Field1

Men and women compete together. W designates a walk (separate Race-walk & Club-walk events on Scratch days only).

On handicap days if more than 1 heat is required for 400, 800, 1000 or 1500m – the faster heat will be scratch.

Track Program B has been changed to bring the 300m run earlier, with accompanying changes to the start times for the 800m, 3000m and 5000m runs, and 3000m walk.
A 4000m walk has been included in Track Program C (as trialled at the end of last season).
The 100m and 150m runs have been swapped between Track Program B & Track Program C.

Track A

Time

 

Track B

Time

 

Track C

Time

 

Field 1

Time

 

Field 2

Time

60m

5.55pm

1000mW

5.50pm

1000m

5.55pm

Hammer

5.55pm

Weight

5.55pm

1500m

6.05pm

150m

6.05pm

1500mW

6.05pm

HJ

6.35pm

Discus

6.30pm

800mW

6.20pm

800m

6.15pm

100m

6.20pm

Javelin

6.50pm

LJ

6.50pm

200m

6.30pm

300m

6.25pm

2000m

6.30pm

TJ

7.00pm

Shot

7.00pm

3000m

6.45pm

3000mW

6.40pm

400m

6.45pm

 

 

 

 

5000mW

6.45pm

5000m

6.40pm

4000mW

6.55pm

 

 

 

 

3000mW

6.45pm

3000m

6.40pm

2000mW

6.55pm

 

 

 

 

Modified competitions

Please note that there will several occasions this summer when modified programs are scheduled, as shown in the Program.

SAMA SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019/2020

State Masters Athletics Championships (State Age Group Championships)

The Summer Championships are for all SAMA members, and we encourage you to enter. If you enjoy competing in the regular Wednesday competition you will enjoy the Championship competition. They are run basically as per our normal competition but results are determined by 5 year age groups and this means you will competing against those in your age group. A Certificate is awarded to all participants detailing all events entered, your place, performance and age-graded percentage. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.

Sunday 27 October 2019. State Masters Athletics Championships 10000m Run at SA Athletics Stadium starting at 8.00am.

The SAMA 10,000m Championships will be run together with the Athletics SA State 10,000m Championships. All ASA O35 athletes and SA Masters athletes will be eligible for both championships.

Bib numbers will be allocated to SAMA members, which will be available on the morning. Any SAMA members with ASA numbers are to wear the ASA numbers.

Entry should be done on-line at https://www.athleticssa.com.au/events/53114/

Closing date for on-line entries is Thursday 24th Oct at 9:00am
PLEASE NOTE: You need to use your new 2019-20 ASA membership login Username and Password to enter this event. Please contact Athletics SA on 8354 3477 if you have any issues entering.

SA Masters athletes will pay a discounted registration fee of $10 to cover stadium admission and a small administration fee. SAMA members should only have the $10 option come up when they click on the Register button.

Entries can also be made on the day for those unable to register on-line.

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