State Relay Championships

Saturday 6th February 2021.  Northern Athletics Centre, Launceston

First events will be marshalled at 9:45 am for a 10:00 am start.


Wet Weather

A decision regarding the weather will be made at 8am Saturday morning and details posted on the Little Athletics Facebook page.

Track Listing

Relay Event Listing

Officials – Track and Admin

Officials – Field Events

Job Descriptions


Conditions of Entry

  • Relay Championships will be conducted as a State competition meeting and will include both heats and finals on the same day.
  • Athletes must be registered to be eligible to compete in relays.
  • Athletes can only be named and compete in (1) team for each relay event
  • Relay Championship entries close on a date designated by the TLAA.
  • Relay entry payments must be received by the TLAA Office in accordance with the timeframes set by the Director responsible for Competition.


Entry Process

  • The entry process for Centres will involve the nomination and names of ‘Complete Teams’, ‘Composite Team’ and also the nomination of ‘additional athletes’ to be entered in each gender/age group.
  • ‘Complete Team’ consists of a team of 4 (or 5 athletes if a reserve is named) from the same gender/age group.
  • Centres can nominate multiple ‘Complete Teams’ per gender/age group.
  • ‘Composite Team’ (formed in accordance with this provision) consists of a team of 4 (or 5 athletes if a reserved is named) from the same gender but, if a Centre does not have enough available registered athletes in a specific age group to create a ‘complete team’, the Centre may use athletes from the next youngest age group to nominate a team.
  • The ‘Composite Team’ will compete in the age group of the older age group athlete(s) in that team.
  • Where a ‘complete team’ is also nominated in the original age group of such an athlete, the Centre must be able to demonstrate that the athlete competing in the older age group has reasonably been omitted from the team in his / her own age group.
  • The TLAA reserves the right to refuse movement of athletes between age groups where it believes this is not the case.
  • Each Centre is permitted to enter only one composite team, per gender/age group.
  • An Under 8 athlete is not permitted to run in an Under 9 ‘Composite Team’ for the 4 x 200m relay or Medley/Swedish relay.
  • If an Under 10 athlete competes in an Under 11 ‘Composite Team’, no athlete in that team will be permitted to wear spikes.
  • An “additional athlete” is an athlete not named in a Centre ‘Complete Team’ or a Centre ‘Composite Team’ who is desirous of running in a relay team with athletes from other Centres and committed to attending on the day.
  • A ‘Combined Team’ is a team made up of additional athletes nominated by Centres.
  • The TLAA Director responsible for Competition will be responsible for the creation of ‘Combined Teams’.
  • As much as possible athletes will be kept in Centre groupings.
  • Whenever a choice is to be made, this will be by the random drawing of lots.
  • All such teams shall be called “Combined”, and each athlete will compete in their own centre uniforms.
  • Once a Combined team is named, athletes named in the combined team will not be released to substitute in, nor form another team in that event (eg: 4x100m) in any age group unless such combined team is unable to compete due to illness, unavailability or injury.
  • At any time from the closing date for entries, up until 30 minutes before the scheduled start time for a heat or straight final, Centre Team Managers may substitute team members in the event of illness, injury or unavoidable unavailability.
  • Relative lack of form is not considered a reason for substitution.
  • If the Centre does not have an available substitute, TLAA will attempt to fill the vacancy with an additional athlete up until 30 minutes before the scheduled start of the heat.
  • Centres may only change teams between heats and finals due to injury / illness.
  • TLAA Director responsible for Competition must authorise all such changes.
  • The ill / injured athlete may not be permitted to compete again that day.
  • The TLAA reserves the right to refuse the entry of or disqualify any team deemed to be in contravention of the Competition Rules.
  • Any athlete not afforded the opportunity to run in a 4 X 100 relay on the day because they were either named as a reserve in a Centre Team or due to the unavailability of other team members, or a team has withdrawn due to lack of numbers, may be invited to run in an ‘invitational relay’ to be conducted at the conclusion of the Championship Events.
  • Teams can be made with any combination of age/gender.
  • No athlete is permitted to wear spikes for this event.
  • Field relays will be offered for U8 – U15 athletes with teams of 4 doing one event each.
  • The events for the field relay will include Discus, Shot Put, Javelin/ Turbo and Long Jump.
  • The result of the relay event will be determined by each athletes’ finishing position in each of their relay legs e.g. if an athlete finishes 1st in their event they will receive one point and so on.
  • If two or more athletes tie for a placing after countback then the points awarded to each athlete will be the total points for that placing plus the points for any vacant placings as a result of that tie divided by the number of athletes involved in the tie (e.g. if two athletes tie for 3rd place then they will get 3 points + 4 points / 2 athletes = 3.5 points each).
  • If an athlete fails to record an attempt then that athlete will score the maximum points available for that event (e.g. if 8 in the event they will get 8 points).
  • Teams will be ranked from lowest score to highest with the lowest overall score being the successful team.
  • In the event of a tie a countback will occur.
  • The 4 athletes’ distances will be added together to come up with a total.
  • The team with the higher total will be awarded the higher position.
  • If still a tie equal positions will be awarded.
  • Conduct of the Events
  • TLAA shall publish a preliminary schedule and lane allocations.
  • There may be variations to this sequence to ensure adequate rest between heats and finals for those age groups requiring heats.
  • Marshalling shall commence 20 minutes before the first event.
  • Marshalling shall involve;
  • Athletes will be called to the designated marshalling area.
  • Each runner will be supplied with an identifying item, which will indicate the event and lane that they will run in.
  • Runners will be grouped according to the leg that they will be running, and escorted to the relevant changeover point
  • Changeover officials will not require lists of lanes or athletes as the escorts /athletes arriving at the changeover point will have the information necessary for that event.
  • In all relay heats and finals, three breaks will apply before disqualification.
  • Change Marshals will carry white and orange/yellow flags.
  • The Track Referee will be responsible for all disqualifications and will be the only official to carry a red flag.
  • Heats will only be conducted when there are more than 8 teams for the 4 x 100m relays, and the 4 x 200m relays at the time of marshalling.
  • Where heats are not required all lanes for the final shall be allocated by the drawing of lots.
  • Where there are more than 8 teams in the Medley/Swedish Relays, heats will be run with placings determined on fastest times from those heats.
  • The following teams shall progress to the final in the 4×100 & 4x200m relays
  • 2 heats: 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each heat plus the next 2 fastest times
  • 3 heats: 1st and 2nd in each heat plus the next two fastest times
  • 4 or more heats: 1st in each heat with the remaining lanes filled by the next fastest times
  • Where there is a tie in determining the next fastest times, if possible both teams shall progress through to the final.
  • Failing that, the higher placed team in their heat shall progress.
  • If the tie still remains, a random process with equal probability (e.g. a coin toss) shall be used to determine progression.
  • When official results are determined from the finals, all team members in attendance will receive medals if the team finishes 1st, 2nd or 3rd. The same will apply for ribbons for all other teams.
  • State records can be broken by teams in either the heats or final.
  • There will be no records for Field Relays but State Best Performances can be achieved in individual events.
  • Composite Teams are not eligible for Australian Best Performances.



  • In 4 x 200m Relays and Swedish Relays, only athletes in the Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 teams may wear spikes.
  • In the 4 x 100m Relays, only Under 11 – Under 15 athletes are permitted to wear spikes. If in any composite relay the team is made up of Under 10 or younger athletes, no athletes including the Under 11 to Under 15 athletes in that team, are permitted to wear spikes.