MESSAGE FROM THE STEWARDS
posted on December 09, 2020
A MESSAGE FROM THE STEWARDS
The VAL stewards would like to remind athletes of the following:
- 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 discretion, disqualify an athlete from wearing spikes for the entire season.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Athletes failing to appear for a semi final or final must report to stewards before their next competition.
- Athletes who fail to finish an event or are injured during an event must report to stewards at their earliest opportunity.
- Under no circumstances are athletes, coaches or spectators allowed to have pets inside the perimeter of the running area. Stewards will be available explain the term “running area” if needed.
- Athletes must declare all wins, placings and relevant interstate performances to VAL handicappers.
- 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 and non-time related NAP's.