Centre Championships 2015-16 Season


This seasons Centre Championships will be held:

  • Saturday 20th February 2016 (Program 4)
  • Saturday 27th February 2016 (Program 5)
  • Saturday 5th March 2016 (Program 6)

These days are generally longer than a normal meet due to heats and finals being conducted in all laned track events.

The Centre Championships are a special time for athletes to put all their training and hard work to the test, and marks the final time each event is run for the season.

Special ribbons are presented to all competing athletes in every track and field event, with presentation ceremonies, and the first three placegetters standing on our dais. Don't forget your camera!

There are a few rules surrounding the Championships that everyone needs to be aware of:

1. Athletes must have competed in 25 events to be eligible. The 25 badge MUST be attached to the back of the athletes shirts. If you are close to 25 events and have special circumstances that have prevented you competing, you will need to apply for an exemption PRIOR to the first day of Championships.

2. Athletes must be in Centre Uniform. This means our green shirt, and plain black shorts. Shorts and athletics tights must comply with the Uniform Policy outlined at point 6 of the Rules of Competition in the Information Manual, ie

  • plain black
  • above the knee
  • Logos/branding displayed only once and no larger than 20cm2, maximum height 4cm.

3. Only Officials and designated assistants are allowed at field sites.  An independent Chief Official will be assigned to each event. The Chief Official will be easily identified by their High Visibility jacket. If you want to see your child compete at a field site, the only way is to nominate yourself to assist at the site. If you are not a site assistant, you must not be at the site.

4. False Starts (breaks) in races: Centre Championships bring out the best in our athletes. They can be very competitive. There are also lots of nerves, which can result in breaks at the start of races. The first time an athlete breaks, they will be warned, and the Chief Judge will hold up an orange flag to indicate which lane the break occurred. If the same athlete breaks a second time, they will be disqualified from the race.

5. Laned race events are run in both heats and finals. At the end of the heats, the Track Recording Officials will give the names of the finalists to the Arena Manager. For events run on the inside track (70m, 100m, hurdles), the fastest 8 athletes from the heats will compete in the final. For events on the outside track, the fastest 6 athletes will compete in the final. These athletes will be called out by name to marshall for the finals. Please remind your athletes to listen carefully for these announcements.

6. The Programs are slightly different. We run special Programs for the Championships - Programs 4, 5 and 6, which roughly correlate to programs 1, 2 and 3 respectively. The program is available here. They will also be displayed on the outside of the hall.

7. No coaching is strictly observed.  Any athlete who gains a competitive advantage from parents at the site will be disqualified from the event.

8. Cancellations of Centre Championship Meets. Should a Saturday meet be cancelled the preferred day for rescheduling is the Sunday of the same weekend. Due to the length of the meet it is not possible to hold a twilight.



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