In 2014 Wheelchair Track & Field USA (WTFUSA) is attempting to establish new Qualifying Standards for Track and Field to qualify for NJDC. The last time these standards were adjusted was 10 years ago and they have not kept up with the improvement in results of our athletes. The new standards created this year are based on published US Paralympic junior emerging elite standard times/distances and reduced by a percentage, based on age.
As results have come in from meets around the country, track results seem to be meeting the target standards but the field results are not. Therefore, we are going to allow waivers for the 2014 Field standards to allow athletes to compete at NJDC.
Please submit the Field Petition to Compete form to Phil Galli, WTFUSA Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the information filled in and we will, within 48 hours, confirm or deny the athlete's petition.
A standards' team within WTFUSA will keep collecting event data from the remaining Regional events and NJDC in order to produce new guidelines for standards for 2015, which we hope will meet our mission to provide a competitive national championship while recognizing our mission to offer national competition to the community organizations in the USA.
Please respond with filled in forms as quickly as possible so we can notify you and the WASUSA National Office of the waivers.
2014 Notable Track & Field Rulebook Changes
A. MASTERS DIVISION AGE CHANGE:
The Masters 40 division has been changed to start at age 35 (age as of 12/31) to align with USATF and other organizations. The Masters divisions are as follows: M35-49; M50-59; and M60+.
B. FIELD – IPC SEATED THROWS RULE CHANGES:
All athletes competing in a seated throw field class MUST:
Sit in a throwing chair with a minimum 12” square or rectangular seat,
Have both legs off the ground and be in contact with the seat from the Ischial Tuberosities to the back of the knee.
Not lift from the time the athlete takes the implement into the starting position of the trial until the implement has been marked by an official.
Other notable rule changes for seated throws:
The chair may have a straight rigid holding bar with no bends or joints.
If the athlete touches any holding strap outside the vertical plane of the rim of the throwing circle during the trial it shall be marked as a foul.
Note: Please view the Throwing Frame PDF and the Officials Course PDF on the wasusa.org website, under Sports/Athletics, for pictures of legal verses illegal chairs and a complete review of the new Field rules.
C. FIELD – CLASS F58 IS ELIMINATED:
Field classes F57 and F58 have been combined. Athletes in Class F58 must now compete as F57’s or move to a standing F4X class.
D. FIELD – CLASS F32-34 / F57-58 RECORDS RETIRED
With the changes in the seated throw events and the elimination of class F58, the records for Classes F32, F33, F34, F57, F58 in all Junior, Open and Master age groups are retired. New records will be established starting January 1, 2014.
Note: Meet Directors and Referees do not have to measure marks with steel tapes or re-weigh implements. WTFUSA will review all Level III and IPC sanctioned meet results for the year and determine the new record / Record holders. All Implements, however, used in Level III meets MUST be weighed and measured prior to competition. All other records for field must follow normal record protocols, i.e. steel tape, proper verification by
Field Officials, re-weighing implements at the end of competition and the submission of proper record forms.
E. TRACK – STARTING BLOCK EXCEPTIONS U11, U14:
For athletes in the T11-13 & T20 classes, age divisions U11 and U14, the rule stating all athletes must use starting blocks is waived. The use of starting blocks and stance is within the discretion of the competitor.
Note: For all other classes, Blocks are not required (for Juniors or Open).
F. TRACK – 1500M MULTI-CLASS EVENT FOR U16 AND OLDER:
U11 and U14 athletes shall run the 1500M in class with no combining of classes for medals and records as has been the case in the past. For age divisions U16, U18, U20, and U23, all athletes will follow the class combinations defined at the open IPC event level for their classes. These class combinations will be: T12 and T13; T45 and T46; T51 and T52; and T53 and T54.
G. TRACK – T40 AND T41 JUNIOR EVENTS:
Track events have been added for the dwarf classes, T40 and T41. The events offered to these classes are:
Medicine Ball Thrust - 3K smooth leather, rubber or suede, 86-90cms circumference, ~11.5” diameter.
Existing Rules that WTFUSA Wishes to Emphasize or Clarify
The IPC Rulebook supersedes all WTFUSA rules except for WTFUSA rule exceptions for:
Junior age groups U11 and U14.
All field competitions for seated throws may contest field competitions on a flat grassy area without a pad or cage and do not require a toe board.
Master 35, Master 50, Master 60
Drafting rule exceptions for track and expanded exception for road racing.
Age groups U11, U14, U16, U18, U20, U23, M35, M50, & M60 are determined as of 12/31 of the year of competition.
USA interpretation of the finish line rule: There is a need to agree on the interpretation of the finish for in-lane races (Futures, U11, U14, M35, M50 & M60).
Ambulatory – Must finish with at least one (1) foot in lane. An athlete may not impede another athlete. Blind and T35a athletes who are allowed to use 2 lanes must finish in lane.
Wheelchair – The front wheel must be totally in lane. An athlete may not impede another athlete.
For all Futures, U11, and U14 class athletes competing in javelin, a throw that lands flat or tail first will not be called for a foul, but marked at the rear of the grip (if flat) or at the point where the tail hits (if tail first).
Track Drafting. Drafting out of class is not allowed for any athlete in a non-lane race (800m and above) in which athletes are competing in non-combined classes or with athletes not within their combined class. Races in which classes are combined for one (1) set of medals or results will be allowed to draft.
Note: The clerk of the course is encouraged to mark the back of the racing chair or athlete to denote the athlete’s class to other competitors and to officials. The starter is encouraged to instruct the athletes of this rule.
Clarification: It is WTFUSA’s position that for athletes who are in races with other classes, drafting out of class could result in records and/or order of finish results that could not be achieved if competing in their individual class event. Events should be scheduled to avoid these situations but WTFUSA understands that due to the number of classes and events to be run in a session this may not be possible without combining classes in a single heat. When heating and seeding, however, mixing genders in a heat should be avoided at all cost and never permitted at an IPC sanctioned or Level III meet.
WTFUSA has created a presentation to review legal and non-legal field chairs. This presentation will be updated over time as rules and interpretations of the rules change. You can access this presentation by clicking here.