There are great competition opportunities for all ages from 9 or 10 upwards. Read on for all you need to know.
South West League Division One- 4 League fixtures & 1 Cup fixture. ALL IN EXETER in 2017. Dates on the YOAC calendar & Harrier website
Al Thorner (Monday) & Simon Prior (Tuesday) will be the Harrier coaches who may be best informed about other competitons coming up. If you are particularly good at particular event(s) you may have to go further afield for good competition opportunities.
- The South West League is the only League solely for clubs from the South West.
- There used to be two divisions with 8 clubs in Div 1 and 9 in Div 2 covering the counties of Cornwall , Devon , Somerset , Dorset , Wiltshire. in 2017 due to some Div 2 Clubs folding then all teams will be in the single league.
- There are just four Sunday meets each year, held between late April and early September; and 1 Cup Meet usually held in the middle.
- The venue for all fixtures in 2017 is likely to be Exeter
- The league caters for male and female athletes in the following age groups: U13, U15: U17; U20(men only) and Senior Men & Women.
- The events on offer for each age group change slightly from the A and B programmes which are alternated between fixtures.
- Two athletes compete in each event for each age group – A and B string plus up to 2 guests are allowed per event. U17W and U20M only A string.
- Points are scored in the A string as follows: 13 for a win, 12 for second, 11 for third etc. B string is 12 for a win, 11 for second etc. No points for guests.
- NOTE: If an A string athlete has to withdraw for any reason, the B string competitor must move up to take his/her place in order to score. ie. the B string performance will only count if an A string has also competed.
- Teams are also awarded extra points for providing the required number of qualified officials, and are expected to officiate events as per a programme. Results are calculated per age group but it is the overall total which counts. Cups are awarded to the winning age group/club on an annual basis
- Dates of fixtures are advertised from March at training and on the web site. The Yeovil Olympiads website should carry the latest info but all made available to us at Wells Harriers will also go on the Harrier website.
- Coaches at the Harriers Monday session will remind juniors in the run up to each fixture, and athletes will be encouraged to make themseves available and to contact team managers
- All athletes who are old enough to compete are encouraged to do so, either as scoring athletes or guests. The League is the perfect opportunity for beginners to compete for the first time.
- Athletes are asked for confirmation of their availability and various phone calls/e-mails are made by the team managers to chase up athletes in the week before the competition.
- Team managers then select events for athletes – sometimes this has to be changed on the day because of last minute withdrawals.
- Depending upon the venue and numbers we also try to help out with transport, arrange lifts. YOAC often put a coach or minibus on if needed.
- On the day all aim to get to the venue 45 minutes before the first event .
- Letters and pins are given out on the day. Generally Y is for A string, YY for B string. Guests wear numbers; but note some variation in numbering where U20's compete with Seniors.
- The club has to provide a number of officials for different events throughout the day and once a year Yeovil host a fixture which means we need even more helpers from amongst parents.
- To make a commitment to compete for the club in all team fixtures where possible.- at least ONCE PER MONTH
- To contact the team manager for your age group to confirm your availability for selection at least one week before the competition. PLEASE REMEMBER IT’S JUST ONE PHONE CALL/E-Mail FOR YOU TO MAKE BUT SEVERAL FOR THE TEAM MANAGER – TRY TO CONTACT the manager before they have to contact you.
- To show a willingness to compete in events other than your best or favourite
- Sometimes we might have four athletes all wanting to run the 100 metres in the same age group. The manager's job is to put out the strongest team and with only two scoring places available per event you may be asked to do a different event or stand in at the last minute if someone injures themselves on the day.
- To turn up to the competition and to your events in good time, and stay to the end of the competition for the RELAYS.
PARENTS: to support your yongster you should be willing to take them to an event; ensure they have all kit with them and som efood & drink; and be prepared to help officiate if called upon. All the coaches & officials at the events are volunteers - none are paid. To qualify as an official you should consider this information here. No officials means the end of the sport as we know it.