05/09/17 – Reminder Multi-Event Athletes, Regional & State Track Meet

May 9, 2017 Track and Field Blog Updates

As the postseason begins today, we want to remind Athletic Directors and coaches about the strict time schedule at postseason track meets. Throughout the regular season, we realize that many athletes are competing in a rolling schedule style meet. However, both the regional and state track meets are structured to be held to a specific time schedule. With the state meet taking at-large qualifiers, it is important that all 21 regions adhere to a strict time schedule to ensure competitive fairness for the at-large qualifiers attempting to advance to the state meet. 

It is critical for coaches to assume the appropriate scheduling role in entering athletes. While rolling schedule meets (and cafeteria style events) in the regular season may allow for athletes to be in a variety of events, it may be that it is simply not feasible to enter that same number of events in a timed postseason meet. These are some of the myriad of decisions coaches are required to make, and coaches must make them wisely, to ensure a positive experience for the athletes and the entire team.

Coaches, it is also very important that you speak with your athletes about the schedule prior to the meet, particularly those that are in multiple field events, or a combination of field and running events. Athletes and coaches must know the appropriate rules regarding check-out (and in) and MUST COMMUNICATE continually with meet officials (particularly the head judge of each event) to ensure a smooth transition if necessary to report to another event. The games committee has determined appropriate time limits for competitors excused to compete in another event but it is the athlete’s responsibility to adhere to check-in requirements. Athletes must check back in with the head judge upon return to the event. This is very important, so please discuss with your athletes. 

Managers are required to ensure that the regional and state meets adhere to the posted time schedule. Events cannot start before the published scheduled time. This allows for the same amount of rest for all athletes competing across the state when qualifying for at-large positions. Coaches should ensure that they obtain a copy of their regional time schedule, and if not, should contact their regional manager. The 2017 KHSAA State Meet time schedule is posted on the KHSAA website and there will be a copy of it in each team packet for those qualifying for the state event. 

 

– KHSAA –

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