AUSTRALIAN MASTERS ATHLETICS Inc
SAMA Competition Formats
A full range of track and field disciplines is covered during the summer season at SA Athletics Stadium (Mile End, SA) 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 16/12/2019). The timetables for track events have changed since last year (see below).
The details of the State Masters Athletics Summer Championships (State Age Group Championships) are shown below.
We also introduced a novel competition into the summer program, consisting of a distance-handicapped event in which sprinters, middle distance and distance runners competed against each other to win prizes. This was held over three Wednesday nights at the stadium, and 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 more information see the newsletter article. Further details can be found below.
Status of Summer Meets
The summer competition at SA Athletics Stadium has been prematurely terminated due to the Coronavirus pandemic (see here for details)
Wednesday 18 March - Day 1 of the Main Track & Field Championships -CANCELLED.
Sunday 22 March - Throws Pentathlon and 10km Walk State Championships - CANCELLED.
Wednesday 25 March - Day 2 of the Main Track & Field Championships- CANCELLED.
Wednesday 1 April- Presentation Night - CANCELLED.The latest update about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting SAMA activities and a summary of the Hot Weather Contingencies can be found on the Information page.
Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge 2019
A novel competition consisting of a distance-handicapped event in which sprinters, middle distance and distance runners compete against each other to win prizes.
This event included athletes of all ages, both male and female, competing together in two handicap heats (200m & 1000m) with a 500m final .
Round 1 (= Heat 1) Wednesday 6 November; 200 metres (Handicap)
Round 2 (= Heat 2) Wednesday 4 December; 1000 metres (Handicap)
Final Wednesday 11 December; 500 metres (Handicap) - 1st Place: $100 sports voucher; 2nd Place: $30 sports voucher; 3rd Place: $20 sports voucher (donated by Viddy Jermacans).
All results are available on the Results page.
Full details of the Challenge are described in the PDF.
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..
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.
- 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!
- Race Walking will be conducted under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition.
- Further explanation of the principles employed by SAMA for Race Walking are described in the document written by George White (November 2019).
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.
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.
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)
For full details download the Information Sheet for the State Masters Athletics Championships - 2020.
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. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.
A Certificate will be provided to all participants detailing all events entered, your place, performance and age-graded percentage.
Full details of the State summer championships are available below. See also the Calendar for a summary of the dates of competition.
Main Track & Field Championships
The Main Track & Field (T&F) program for 2020 will held on Wednesday 18 March (Day 1) and Wednesday 25 March (Day 2) at SA Athletics Stadium.
See the Main T&F program timetables below. NB. Competitors must enter at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time (20 mins for the 5.50pm starts).
Please remember that the Special Event Championships (Short and Long Hurdles, T & F Pentathlons, Steeplechase, Throws Pentathlon and 10km Walk) are held over several weeks starting on 12 February 2020 (see below for further details). The 10km Run Championships were held on 27 October 2019.
Competitors should nominate by the preceeding week for the Special Event Championships (not needed for the Main T&F Championships). Sheets will be available at the check-in desks at the stadium. All events are held at SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End.
These are your official SAMA numbers that have been allocated to you. They must be worn for these Championships. If you do not have SAMA numbers they will be issued when checking in on arrival.
NB. Only financial members can enter summer championship events.
No charge for the T&F Pentathlons, Short & Long Hurdles or Steeplechase – just the normal stadium entry fee.
Throws Pentathlon and 10km Track Walk – $5 entry fee by cash or cheque - on the day.
Please nominate for the above events in the couple of weeks before. Sheets will be available at the check-in desks. It is compulsory for the T&F Pentathlon and will assist in the management of the other events.
Main Track and Field. (Day 1 - 18 March 2020 & Day 2 - 25 Mar 2020) - $10 per day payable by cash or cheque on the day (includes entry to the Stadium).
It is not necessary to enter before the day on these two Wednesdays. Entries will be received at the check-in desk when you arrive. Carefully check the timetable before selecting your events. The program will not be held up if your events overlap.
NB. Competitors must enter at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time (20 mins for the 5.50pm starts).
Timetable for Main T&F (provisional)
DAY 1 18 March DAY 2 25 March
*Race Walking and Club Walking in the same race - type of walking must be nominated on race entry.
Throws Pentathlon and 10km Walk Championships
Sunday 22 March 2019 at SA Athletics Stadium. $5 entry fee by cash or cheque - on the day.
Men’s and Women’s Throws Pentathlon – 8.00am check in, 8.30am start
10km Track Walk – 8.10am check in, 8.30am start
T&F Pentathlon Championships / Steeplechase / Hurdles Championships
These championships will held on the following dates at SA Athletics Stadium on normal competition days:
Wednesday 12 February 2020
Men’s and Women’s Short Hurdles – run prior to normal competition; 5. 40pm start. Please nominate at least one week before!
Wednesday 19 February 2020
Men’s T&F Pentathlon – run in conjunction with normal competition. Approximate times only. Please nominate at least one week before!
Wednesday 26 February 2020
Women’s T&F Pentathlon – run in conjunction with normal competition. Approximate times only. Please nominate at least one week before!
Wednesday 4 March 2020
Men’s and Women’s Steeplechase – run prior to normal competition; 5. 15pm start. Please nominate at least one week before!
Wednesday 11 March 2020
Men’s and Women’s Long Hurdles – run prior to normal competition; 5. 40pm start. Please nominate at least one week before!
Sunday 27 October 2019. State Masters Athletics Championships 10,000m Run at SA Athletics Stadium.
The SAMA 10,000m Championships were combined with the Athletics SA State 10,000m Championships. All ASA O35 athletes and SA Masters athletes were eligible for both championships.Click on the following links for the 10,000m Run Results: ASA State Championships and SAMA State Age Group Championships .