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;
c) the circles or the ground within the sector with or without
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.
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
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.
Note: For vertical jumps, see Rule 181.2
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.
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
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 the
number 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
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
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
(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
(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
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.
Note: For Vertical Jumps, see also Rule 181.8.
21.Each competitor shall be credited with the best of all his attempts,
including those achieved in resolving a tie for the first place.