ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA - 2001 Australian Clubs ChampionsipsWednesday 17 January 2001
ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA PRESS RELEASE
Athletics Australia advises that it will again conduct the National Clubs Championships during the 2000/2001 Australian Track and Field Season. This is one of a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening the club system, which is so vital for the future of our sport. Member Associations are asked to promote the concept of the Nationals Clubs Championships as widely as possible amongst their eligible member clubs and to distribute to clubs the attached detail.
Member Associations and Athletics New Zealand will be asked to nominate to AA by no later than 15th February 2001, the clubs which will represent their State/Territory in the Final to be held at ANZ Stadium, Brisbane on Monday, 26th March 2001 which is the evening of the day following this season's open and under 20 Nationals.
This date has been chosen to reduce travel and accommodation costs for clubs which already have athletes competing in the Nationals. As a further incentive for clubs to participate in the this programme, any athlete who is part of his/her club's team for the Clubs Final but who is not qualified to compete in the Nationals, will be permitted to compete in one event at the Nationals as well. The choice of date allows clubs to use other athletes who are Nationals entrants and presents a fantastic opportunity for club athletes to be able to compete in the new ANZ Stadium, the venue for this year's Goodwill Games.
Associations may select the clubs to represent them in any manner, including the following: * the club which wins any existing clubs competition within the Association * running a competition which mirrors the National Final format, such as NSW has very successfully done already this season However, we strongly urge Associations to use the latter option, where at all possible.
Our aim for 2001 is to have every state, and hopefully also ACT and NT, represented in both the mens and womens competitions. As with the first two years we intend to be flexible in a number of areas to ensure that the programme gets up and running and that a third successful National Final is conducted, building on the very encouraging results of the 2000 event. However, to encourage the strengthening of clubs we will be insisting on representation by first claim athletes only and no combine clubs. If any Association is not able to nominate a team this place will be offered to another state for a second or subsequent team.
The Championships Regulations and Timetable follow.
ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIPS REGULATIONS 1. In the first years of the Championship there will be separate championships for mens and womens clubs in the open age group only. It is intended that from 2002, we will have a single combined championship only. There will be one club from each AA Member Association in each of the two competitions. Any vacancies will be filled by ballot from amongst second choice clubs nominated by Associations. 2. Each team will be restricted to 14 competitors (that is either 14 men or 14 women as the case may be), all of whom must be first claim members of the competing club. No combine clubs will be permitted. 3. Each athlete will be permitted to compete in a maximum of three individual events plus a relay [alternatively an athlete may do up to two individual and two relay events]. Each team will field one athlete in each of the two divisions in each event, to be nominated immediately prior to the start of each event from within the nominated team. Teams unable to comply with the rule at the time of competition due to illness or injury amongst their originally nominated team, will be permitted to compete on a invitation basis. 4. The following events (two divisions in each except relays) will comprise the Clubs Championship in 2000/2001: [Note: some events will be rotated from year to year] MEN 100m; 400m; 800m; 3000m; 200m H; Shot; Javelin; Long Jump; Pole Vault; 4x100m; Medley Relay WOMEN 200m; 400m; 800m; 3000m; 200m H; Shot; Discus; Triple Jump; High Jump; 4x100m; Medley The medley relay is 200m, 200m, 400m, 800m. 5. All teams will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Any team member not qualified to compete in the Australian Championships, will be permitted to enter in the Australian Championships in one event without being qualified, upon payment of the normal $12 entry fee. Please make sure that they clearly mark "CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP ENTRANT" on the Championships entry form if entering the Championships under this rule. 6. Starting heights will apply in vertical jumps and time limits may be applied in distance events. The starting heights and progressions will be as follows: Men Vault Start at 2.60m, by 30cm to 4.10m, then by 15cm Women High Jump Start at 1.40m, by 7cm to 1.68m, then by 5 cm If a club has a competitor who cannot clear the opening height they will be permitted to have one only attempt at a lower height nominated by them at the Technical Meeting. If successful, they would then have the option of continuing in the competition as per the above progressions. 7. For an eight team competition, the following points would apply: PLACE A DIVISION 1 20 2 18 3 16 4 15 5 14 6 13 7 12 8 11 PLACE B DIVISION 1 15 2 13 3 11 4 10 5 9 6 8 7 7 8 6 Relays to be scored as per A division. If a club has only one athlete in an event, they must compete in A division. Where a club has no athlete in a division, or the athlete fails to record a performance or is disqualified, they will score zero (0) points for that division of that event. 8. AWARDS - The winning teams will be awarded AA championship medallions. The winning mens and womens clubs will be invited to form a combined team of 5 men and 5 women to represent Australia in the inaugural Oceania Cup to be held in Vanuatu on 14th July. Air tickets and accommodation will be provided for team members and one manager. 9. SELECTION OF COMPETING TEAMS - This will be the responsibility of each Member Association. The Association may use any system to determine the two clubs which will represent it in the Final. The only exception to the first claim athlete/no combine clubs will be that Northern Territory will be permitted to enter an Association rather than a club team provided that all athletes are first claim members of NTAC. 10. ENTRY BOND - Given that the competition is now firmly established, no bond payment will be required in 2001. 11. TIMETABLE - is attached.
ATHLETICS AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL CLUBS CHAMPIONSHIP ANZ Stadium, Nathan, Brisbane (QLD) Monday, 26th March 2001 TIMETABLE 6.00pm 4x100m Relay Men Javelin Men Pole Vault Men Triple Jump Women 6.05pm 4x100m Relay Women 6.10pm 800 metres A Men 6.15pm 800 metres B Men 6.20pm 800 metres A Women Shot Put Women 6.25pm 800 metres B Women 6.35pm 100 metres A Men 6.40pm 100 metres B Men 6.50pm 200 metres A Women 6.55pm 200 metres B Women 7.05pm 3000 metres A/B Men 7.20pm 3000 metres A/B Women High Jump Women 7.30pm Discus Women 7.35pm 400 metres A Men 7.40pm 400 metres B Men Long Jump Men 7.45pm 400 metres A Women Shot Put Men 7.50pm 400 metres B Women 8.00pm 200m Hurdles A Men 8.05pm 200m Hurdles B Men 8.15pm 200m Hurdles A Women 8.20pm 200m Hurdles B Women 8.30pm Medley Relay Men 8.40pm Medley Relay Women In throws and long jump each competitor will have three trials only. Medley relay legs will be in the following order - 200m, 200m, 400m, 800m Brian Roe for Competitions Manager
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