Event rules

UK Athletics – Rule 107 – Recommended track & field event guidelines by age group

It is imperative that young athletes are protected and that events including distances, weights and safety aspects are considered. As such, UK Athletics have created Rule 107, which advises clubs, schools and competition providers with clear guidelines on the rules that must be adhered to when providing track and field athletics.

Events Recommendations Table

Event Recommendations Table

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Table notes:
1. SSAA Track & Field Championships incorporate a 300m hurdles for Group C Boys
2. SSAA Track & Field Championships – Group D Boys is 80mH instead of 75mH for UKA U13 competitions and 75mH instead of 70mH for Group D Girls.

Under 11 Events (P5/P6)

NOTE: UK Athletics Rules do not specifically provide competition guidelines for athletes under the age of 11 years. This does not preclude provision by organisers of competitions for events for athletes younger than 11 years, with correspondingly reduced distances to be run and lighter implements to be used.

Additional Notes – Under 13 Events (P7/S1)

  • Other than when competing in a combined event Under 13’s may compete in a maximum of 4 events on one day of an athletics meeting, and if so doing, one of these must be a relay
  • If athletes in this age group are competing in a combined event they are not allowed to compete in any other event on the same day.
  • Athletes in this age group may compete in track races not exceeding 1 mile subject to the restrictions in the next point below.
  • No athlete in this age group is allowed to compete in any race at 300 metres and 400 metres, nor in more than one race between 600 metres and 1
  • mile inclusive on the same day.
  • No Under 13 athlete is allowed to compete in any steeplechase event.
  • No athlete in this age group is allowed to compete in Triple Jump events.

Additional Notes – Under 15 Events (S2/S3)

  • Other than when competing in a combined event Under 15s may compete in maximum of 4 events on one day of an athletics meeting, and if so doing, one of these must be a relay.
  • If Under 15s are competing in a combined event they are not allowed to compete in any other event on the same day.
  • No athlete in this age group is allowed to run in any race in excess of 3000 metres.
  • No Under 15 athlete is allowed to run in any steeplechase event.
  • No athlete in this age group is allowed to run in more than one different event between 600 metres and 3000 metres inclusive on the same day.

Additional Notes – Under 17 Events (S4/S5)

  • Other than when competing in a combined event, Under 17s may compete in maximum of four events on one day of an athletics meeting, and if so doing, one of these must be a relay.
  • If Under 17s are competing in a combined event they are not allowed to compete in any other event on the same day.
  • No athlete in this age group is allowed to run in any track event in excess of 5000 metres

Additional Notes – Under 20 Events (S6+)

  • U20s may not compete in more than five events on the same day of an athletics meeting
  • If Juniors are competing in a combined event they are not allowed to compete in any other event on the same day
  • U20s may only run in track events up to and including 10000 metres

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