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FIELD EVENTS - General Conditions

Warm-up at the competition Area

1. At the competition area and before the beginning of the event, each competitor may have practice trials. In the case of throwing events,

the practice trials will be in draw order and always under the supervision of the Judges.

2. Once a competition has begun, competitors are not permitted to use, for practice purposes, as appropriate,

a) the runway or take-off area;

b) implements;

c) the circles or the ground within the sector with or without implements.


3. In all field events where a runway is used, markers shall be placed alongside it, except for High Jump where the markers can be placed

on the runway. A competitor may use one or two markers (supplied or approved by the Organising Committee) to assist him in his run-up

and take-off. If such markers are not supplied, he may use adhesive tape but not chalk or similar substance nor anything, which

leaves indelible marks.

Competing Order

4. The competitors shall compete in an order drawn by lot. If there is a qualifying round, there shall be a fresh drawing of lot for the final

(see also paragraph 5 below).


5. In all field events, except for the High Jump and Pole Vault, where there are more than eight competitors, each competitor shall be

allowed three trials and the eight competitors with the best valid performances shall be allowed three additional trials. In the event of

a tie for the last qualifying place, it shall be resolved as described in 20 below. Where there are eight competitors or fewer, each competitor shall be

allowed six trials. In both cases, the competing order for the last three rounds will be

in the reverse order to the ranking recorded after the first three trials.

6. Except for the High Jump and Pole Vault, no competitor is allowed to have more than one trial recorded in any one round of the


7. In matches arranged between Members, the number of trials in the jumping and throwing events may be reduced by mutual agreement

prior to the Meeting.

Qualifying Competition

8. A qualifying round shall be held in field events in which the number of competitors is too large to allow the competition to be

conducted satisfactorily in a single round (final). When a qualifying round is held, all competitors shall compete in, and

qualify through, that round. Performances accomplished in a qualifying round shall not be considered as part of the competition proper.

9. The competitors shall be divided into two or more groups. Unless there are facilities for the groups to compete at the same time and

under the same conditions, each group should start the competition immediately the previous group has finished.

10.It is recommended that, in meetings of more than three days, a rest day be provided between qualifying competitions and the finals in

the vertical jumping events.

11.The conditions for qualifying, the qualifying standard and thenumber of athletes in the final, shall be decided by the Organising

Committee together with the appointed Technical Delegate(s), where appropriate. For meetings conducted under Rule 12.1(a),

(b) and (c), there shall be at least 12 athletes in the final.

12.In a qualifying competition, apart from the High Jump and the Pole Vault, each competitor shall be allowed up to three trials.

Once a competitor has achieved the qualifying standard, he shall not continue in the qualifying competition.

13.In the qualifying competition for the High Jump and the Pole Vault, the competitors, not eliminated after three consecutive

failures, shall continue to compete according to Rule 181.2 until the end of the last trial, at the height set as the qualifying standard.

Once a competitor has achieved the qualifying standard, he shall not continue the qualifying competition.

14.If no athletes, or fewer than the required number of athletes, achieve the pre-set qualifying standard, the group of finalists shall

be expanded to that number by adding competitors according to their performances in the qualifying competition. Ties for the last

qualifying place in the overall standings of the competition shall be decided as described in 20 below or Rule 181.8 as appropriate.

15.When a qualifying competition for the High Jump and Pole Vault is held in two simultaneous groups, it is recommended that the bar be

raised to each height at the same time in each group. It is also recommended that the two groups be of approximately equal strength.


16.If, for any reason, a competitor is hampered in a trial, the Referee shall have the authority to award him a substitute trial.


17.A competitor in a field event who unreasonably delays making a trial, renders himself liable to have that trial disallowed and

recorded as a fault. It is a matter for the Referee to decide, having regard to all the circumstances, what is an unreasonable delay.

The official responsible shall indicate to the competitor that all is ready for the trial to begin, and the period allowed for this trial shall

commence from that moment. If an athlete subsequently decides not to attempt a trial, it shall be considered a fault once that period

allowed for the trial has elapsed. If the time allowed elapses once the competitor has started his trial,

that trial should not be disallowed. The following times should not normally be exceeded:

(a)1 minute for the High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot,

Discus, Hammer and Javelin, and

(b)1 1 /2 minutes for the Pole Vault. The time shall begin when the uprights have been adjusted according to the previous wishes 

of the competitor. No additional time will be allowed for further adjustment.

(c)In the final stages of competition in the High Jump and Pole Vault (but not in a Combined Events Competition), when only

2 or 3 competitors continue in the competition at the completion of a round, the above times should be increased to

2 minutes for the High Jump and 3 minutes for the Pole Vault. If there is only one competitor left, these times should be

increased to 5 minutes for the High Jump and 6 minutes for the Pole Vault.

(d)In the case of consecutive trials by the same athlete, when more than 3 athletes are still competing in the case of Pole Vault and

High Jump or whatever is the number of participants in other field events, the time referred in (a) and (b) will be increased to

3 minutes for Pole Vault and to 2 minutes for other field events. This should also apply to a Combined Events competition.

Note: A clock which shows the remaining time allowed should be visible to the competitor. Where such a clock is not available, an

official shall raise a yellow flag, or otherwise indicate, when 15 seconds remain of the time allowed.

Absence during Competition

18.In Field Events, a competitor may, with the permission of, and accompanied by, a Judge, leave the immediate area of the event

during the progress of the competition.

Change of Competition Area

19.The appropriate Referee shall have the authority to change the place of the competition if, in his opinion, the conditions justify it. Such a

change should be made only after a round has been completed.

Note: Neither the wind strength nor its change of direction is sufficient condition to change the place of the competition.


20.In field events, except for High Jump and Pole Vault, the second best performance of the competitors tying shall resolve the tie.

Then, if necessary, the third best, and so on. If the tie remains and concerns first place, the competitors having

achieved the same results will compete again in the same order in a new attempt until the tie is resolved.


21.Each competitor shall be credited with the best of all his attempts, including those achieved in resolving a tie for the first place.