VAL News

OCTOBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


The first meet is just around the corner and I'd like to welcome all new and returning athletes to the exciting season ahead. 

There's lots of important information in this months newsletter so please take the time to read through. Past newsletters are also posted on the VAL website if you wish to find previous information.

Athletes and parents that are new to pro running are most welcome to come and meet Tom Burbidge (CEO), Chris Brown (Handicapper) or myself for some guidance at any stage in your time with the VAL. Just ask an official to point us out, we're only to happy to assist!

Good luck and happy running!

REGISTRATION D.O.B. ERROR

If you experience an 'Date of Birth' error when completing your registration renewal, please contact us and we will fix the issue immediately. We apologise for any inconvenience. 

CLOSING SOON...

MEADOWGLEN - ENTRIES CLOSE THIS FRIDAY! Enter here

HASTINGS - Entries close Friday 1 November. Enter here

WARRNAMBOOL - Entries close Friday 15 November. Enter here

TERANG - Entries close Friday 15 November. Enter here

2019-20 SEASON FIXTURE UPDATES


WARRNAMBOOL

  • Athletes that receive an acceptable performance for each race they compete in at Warrnambool will receive 2 x AP's, effectively giving 2 ticks towards a handicap adjustment.
     
  • There are 2 new Under 14 races to their program.
    • 120m Under 14 mixed
    • 300m Under 14 mixed
       
  • Prize money has increased in the Jayne McMeel 300m Masters to $1,200 making it the 2nd biggest 300m masters event on the fixture.
     
  • The Age-Graded 300m race is back at Warrnambool and will have a $700 prize pool.
     
  • For Accommodation deals, visit the Warrambool Gift Facebook page

The Victorian Cross Country League (VCCL) are sponsoring four new 800m Under 18 races at:

  • Maribyrnong
  • Frankston
  • Geelong 
  • Berwick

NEW RESULTS DATABASE

Searching for results just became a lot faster. The past 5 seasons of results are now available in an easily searchable database. This is located on the usual Results page of the website.

You will see a column for 'Review' where handicappers will be providing assessments on your performance. A small number of historic performances have been allocated a review as part of testing the is database. Only reviews from the 2019-20 season onward will be relevant.

Reviews will be displayed according the regulations and will appear as:

AP (Acceptable Performance)
SP (Satisfactory Performance)
NAP (Non Acceptable Performance)
NAP-T (Timed Non Acceptable Performance based on your variance from the fastest heat Time)
UP (Unacceptable Performance)

For more information on the above, please read the Handicapping Regulations located on the Downloads page.

STAWELL LIFT'S (100/120M RACES)

Below are the Lift's that will be applied to the winners handicap for the Stawell Gift. For more information including the terms and conditions for these lifts, please see the September 2019 Newsletter.

 

STAWELL LIFT'S (550M & 800M)

In selected 800m and 550m events the VAL will apply a handicap lift for the 2020 Stawell 800m Open and 550m Open to the athletes winning handicap for those distances/categories during the 2019-20 season. The VAL will notify the races eligible for the Stawell lift as the race programs become available

800m Open:
  • Lifts for Stawell to be a minimum of 5m and up to a maximum of 10m.
  • To be eligible for the lift, interstate athletes must have competed in Victoria in the previous 2 seasons, or have an initial handicap of novice or less.
  • Winning athletes cannot go past their ceiling handicap and cannot break net time.
  • Athletes that are allocated a UP (Unacceptable Performance) during the season may not automatically qualify for the lift in the Stawell Gift. This will be at the steward’s discretion.
  • Every first time novice entry must have at least one run off the novice handicap or less.
  • Athletes that win any Group 1 or Classic race after obtaining the Stawell Lift become ineligible for the lift.
  • A second win over the 800m distance will deem the athlete ineligible for the lift.
550m Open:
  • Lifts for Stawell to be a minimum of 3m and up to a maximum of 5m.
  • Winning athletes cannot go past their ceiling handicap and cannot break net time.
  • Athletes that are allocated a UP (Unacceptable Performance) during the season may not automatically qualify for the lift in the Stawell Gift. This will be at the steward’s discretion.
  • Every first time novice entry must have at least one run off the novice handicap or less.
  • Athletes that win any Group 1 or Classic race after obtaining the Stawell Lift become ineligible for the lift.
  • A second win over the 550m distance will deem the athlete ineligible for the lift.

A MESSAGE FROM THE STEWARDS

The VAL stewards would like to remind athletes of the following:

  1. Athletes wishing to wear flats for an event must seek the permission of the Chief Steward. Continued or extended use of flats may, at the Chief Steward’s, disqualify an athlete from wearing spikes for the entire season.
     
  2. No handicaps will be adjusted on the day of competition unless they differ from those published on the VAL website. The one exception is when an athlete’s handicap is manifestly above their competitive handicap, for example 200m handicap given in a 120m event. Athletes are expected to notify the VAL office of such abnormalities.
     
  3. Any athlete, coach or parent wishing to have a handicap checked, is required to email the VAL office before the day of competition. The VAL office will then forward the request to the relevant handicapper. No race day queries will be considered.
     
  4. No athlete, coach or parent is to approach a handicapper or steward on race day, all requests for discussions with stewards and handicappers are to be organised through the VAL office.
     
  5. No VAL handicapper or steward will discuss an individual athlete’s performance on the day with the athlete, coach or parent unless the VAL stewards or handicappers request such a discussion.
     
  6. In the event of an inquiry into an athlete’s performance in a junior event, only the athlete’s coach will be required to attend. The VAL handicappers and stewards hold the coaches entirely responsible for the performance of all junior athletes.
     
  7. An athlete who makes a semi-final or final of an event and then wishes to compete in another event, before completing the original semi final or final, must seek permission from a steward. For the benefit of understanding 70m events followed by 100/120m events are not considered for these conditions.   
     
  8. Athletes who mix distances to the detriment of a performance during a carnival will not receive AP's for their performances. This may also apply to athletes who mix distances to the extreme from week to week.
     
  9. Any performed athlete who believes that they may not be able to compete to a respectable level in a particular event must notify the stewards before racing. This may be due to work or study commitments, illness or injury etc. This includes athletes who believe an increased heavy training program may affect their performances. The athlete will be allowed to compete but will be given a NAP if their performance is below their normal standards. Please note any athlete who offers this reasoning after the event will be given a UP, fine, suspension or handicap review.
     
  10. Athletes that have proved by previous performances that they are capable of performing well in group 1 and group 2 events are expected to maintain that standard when competing in group 3 events.
     
  11. The VAL will publish a VAL steward’s report on the VAL website during the week following a carnival. The report will detail all UP's, fines, reprimands, suspensions, handicap reviews, inquiries and non-time related NAP's.

MESSAGES FROM CASTLEMAINE

"It is with regret that the Mt Alexander Winery 300m Masters Series will not be held this year. Unfortunately, the Castlemaine Athletic Club is facing additional ground hire and waste management fees from the council and committee of management totalling over $1,800. It is disappointing that the Shire have withdrawn support from the event, especially when surrounding events such as Bendigo, Maryborough and Ballarat meetings are not charged venue hire.

At this point in time we do not have a sponsor for the Castlemaine Women’s 400m Classic as the Shire has said that it is not in a position to sponsor it this year. It has been a $4000 race in the past. We are seeking a whole or part race sponsor for the event. If you or a company can help, we can be contacted via Castlemaineathleticclub@gmail.com and we can outline the advertising that we have to offer."

- Castlemaine Athletic Club

VALE

Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of those that have contributed so much to this wonderful sport. We are so very grateful.

John Hirst (left) was a former Moorabin footballer, professional runner & trainer and finished his association with the sport as the VAL sprint handicapper. 

Barry McLeod (right) won the Stawell Gift in the hotly disputed decision in 1969. Barry was an astute trainer of many athletes both on the pro and amateur circuit, including national representatives. 

Norm Lancaster (left) was a distance runner and a trainer of several
runners over a long and distinguished career with the VAL.

Ted Marantelli (Right) ran 2nd in the 1948 Stawell Gift. He won 14-15 races including the Ballarat and Leongatha Gifts in 1949, Shepparton in 1950 and Ararat in 1952. After running, Ted took out a bookmakers license and fielded at Stawell for many years.