Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
Track & Field By-Laws
Section 1.The National Federation Rules shall be followed unless specifically changed in these By-Laws or by the CIF Federated Council.
Section 2. Any recommended By-Law changes must be approved by a majority of the league coaches and presented to the Athletic Directors and the Board of Managers for approval at the end of the season.
Practice and Game Limitations
Section 1. Teams and individuals must comply with section 3 of Article V of the CCS bylaws. That is, neither a team nor an individual may compete in more than fifteen (15) contests during the season. This includes league competition. Division trials, finals, CCS, or state meet competitions are not included in determining the limitation. A group of eight (8) or more athletes shall constitute a team at any meet. Thus, if seven (7) or fewer athletes are entered by the school in a meet, that meet will not be counted against the team limitation. However, it will count against the individual limitation for all of the athletes that participate in the meet.
Game Management - Player Eligibility
1.1 A student may move up and down from one team to another provided he/she competes in only one (1) classification against any school. The student may then return to his/her original classification in ensuing meets.
Section 2. General Rules:
2.1 The 10 lb. shot shall be used by the F/S.
2.2 The 65M high hurdles will be run in the F/S.
2.3 Any legal discus may be used in SCVAL meets.
2.4 Times and distances must be recorded in the home school's book for the first three (3) places. These results must be provided to the visiting team.
2.5 The 4-kilo shot-put shall be used by the girls' team.
2.6 Individuals in field events will be allowed two (2) trials (jumps or throws) prior to the start of competition.
2.7 Participants must check in to the event official.
2.7.1 Field event participants must report and sign in before opening of competition. Failure means no participation.
2.8 The coed Pole Vault may be held at the SCVAL meet to determine qualifiers to the next higher meet.
Dual Meet Regulations
Section 1.The official starting time for dual meets is 3:00 PM.
1.1 This time may be changed by mutual agreement between the two schools.
1.2 JV meets shall be held if one coach wishes it to be held.
Section 2. A rained-out meet shall be made up on a school day by mutual
agreement of the two schools.
Section 3. Entries:
3.1 In all races up to and including the 400 meter dash, entries shall be limited.
3.1.1 All scores should come from the first heat unless facilities limit participation to 5 or less.
3.2 In races that are 880 yards or more, each school may enter as many competitors as facilities and meet management will allow without heats being involved.
3.3 In all field events, each school shall be limited to five (5) participants for each event.
3.3.1 May be changed by mutual agreement between the two schools.
3.3.2 All competitors are allowed four (4) attempts only, in Division dual meets with a 1-1/2 minute limit in the long jump, triple jump, shot-put, and discus. The Pole vault shall have a two (2) minute time limit.
3.3.3 The following are the starting heights for dual meets. These may be changed by mutual agreement.
Event Varsity F/S or GJV
HJ - Boys 5-2 4-8
HJ - Girls 4-2 3-8
PV 10-6 9-0
Section 4. Lane assignments shall be made as follows:
4.1 Flip of a coin at the beginning of the meet with the winner choosing odd or even lanes for the first event utilizing lanes (The 400 relay). Teams will alternate odd or even lanes for each succeeding event that utilizes lanes. Home teams get last throw, jump, etc. in all field events.
Section 5. In dual meets, one (1) point shall be awarded for a win and one-half (1/2) point for a tie towards the Division championship.
Section 6. Protests shall be conducted as per the SCVAL General By-Laws.
Trials and Finals
1.1 Every school is guaranteed one entrant per event regardless of whether the school has an athlete that meets the standard for the event.
1.2 Schools will be allowed more than three entrants in an individual varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys, or JV girls event if all of their entrants have one of the best eight marks of the entrants in that event.
1.3 If a school has any girls participating in the division trials and finals that have met the qualifying standard for an event, the girl with the best mark must be entered in the event for which the standard has been met before a girl may be entered in the same event for JV girls.
1.4 No student may be entered in an event unless he/she has competed in at least one SCVAL meet during the season prior to the division trials and finals. This requirement may be waived under rare circumstances if a majority of the coaches in the affected division vote to waive this requirement.
1.5 Any student who wishes to compete in the CCS competition must compete in the Division meet. However, see the hardship rule at section 1 of article VIII.
1.6 Participants will compete on the track or field in order of best finish marks.
1.7 Both the El Camino and DeAnza divisions may adopt standards for each event at the pre-season meeting for varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys, and JV girls. If standards are set by either Division, then no student may be entered in an event at the Division finals by a Division (El Camino or DeAnza) adopting the standards unless he/she meeets the standards or the coaches agree that the student not meeting the standard will not cause an unwieldy field for the finals for that event or an additional heat for that event in the trials.
1.8 If funds are available, some or all of the officials helping with the meet should be paid.
Section 2. Team points will be awarded and combined with dual meet points to determine a Division champion on the following basis:
Dual Meet and Division Final Scoring
1st Place 7 Points (8)
2nd Place 6 Points (7)
3rd Place 5 Points (6)
4th Place 4 Points (5)
5th Place 3 Points (4)
6th Place 2 Points (3)
7th Place 1 Point (2)
(8th Place) (1)
Section 3. Qualifiers to Division Finals:
3.1 Trials will be held in the events deemed necessary.
3.1.1 A minimum of seven (7) participants will qualify for the finals in each track event. In the case of ties in the trials, it will be left to the discretion of the track committee as to whether more than seven (7) will compete in the finals or a run-off will be held at the site of the trials. Events seeded to finals will count as one (1) event.
3.1.2 A minimum of nine (9) participants will qualify for the finals in the field events.
3.1.2(a) High jump and pole vault participants will jump until a minimum of seven (7) have qualified and competition will then cease.
3.1.2(b) In the shot put, discus, long jump and triple jump, all participants shall have three (3) trial attempts with the top eight (8) qualifying to the finals.
3.1.3 In cases of ties in the field events, tied participants will progress into the finals.
3.2 Final For SP/Discus/LJ/TJ
3.2.1 All varsity participants in the shot put, discus, long jump, and triple jump will be allowed three (3) trial attempts. The top seven (7) participants after the three trial attempts will be allowed three additional attempts and will compete in reverse order of their place after the first three attempts
3.2.2 All JV and F/S participants in the shot put, discus, long jump, and triple jump will be allowed four (4) attempts. There will be no trials for JV and FS competition, just finals.
3.3 No marks will carry over from the Division trials to the Division finals, yet marks made in the trials will count as Division records.
Section 4. All implements shall be weighed for the trials and finals, if possible.
Section 5. Video taping or Accu-Track shall be provided for the Division trials and finals if available.
Section 6. The league shall provide awards for the first six (6) places in each event.
Section 7. A Track Committee consisting of one (1) voting member from each school shall have the responsibility to prepare the heats and lanes and field event entries, selection of officials, and to carry out all other details necessary for administering the league trials and finals.
Section 8. An athlete who entered in a classification at the seeding meeting shall remain in that classification for the Division meet.
Section 9. Starting heights in the high jump and pole vault will be set by the Track Committee at the seeding meeting.
9.1 High jump crossbars will be moved up in two (2) inch increments until a winner is determined.
9.2 Pole Vault crossbars will be moved up in six (6) inch increments until a winner is determined.
9.3 The starting heights for the finals will be set "2" inches below the height of the last place qualifier.
Section 10. Seeding - Done according to National Federation, CCS or games committee.
Section 11. No competitor may be added to an event after the seeding meeting without the agreement of the majority of the schools competing in the division meet. The additions should be made only under unusual circumstances.
Section 12. All competitors who finish in the top 3 in their event will be considered all-league.
SCVAL Qualification Meet
Section 1. The SCVAL will hold a Qualification Meet in order to determine who will represent the league at the CCS meet.
Section 2. The top 16 athletes/schools from the El Camino and DeAnza Division meets in each event will be allowed to compete in the Qualification Meet. Frosh/Soph and JV girls relay times will not be considered when determining the top 16 marks in the relays.
2.2 If there is a tie for the 16th qualifying place
in any event, all of the tied athletes will be
allowed to compete in the Qualification Meet.
Section 3 We will hold slow/fast races for all track events (except the 1600 and 3200) with the athletes/schools with the best 8 marks competing in the fast heats and the remaining qualifiers competing in the slow heats. The slow heat will be run prior to the fast heat for each event.The 5 best times for the boys and 6 best times for the girls in each event will qualify for the CCS semifinals meet.
Section 4 We will hold two flights for the long jump, triple jump, discus, and shot put with the athletes with the top 8 marks competing in the second flight and all remaining athletes competing in the first flight. All athletes will initially receive three attempts in their event.
4.1 After all athletes have had three attempts in their event, the top 7 will receive three additional attempts. They will compete in reverse order of their place after the initial three attempts.
4.2 The 5 boys and 6 girls with the best marks in the long jump, triple jump, discus, and shot put will qualify for the CCS semifinals.
Section 5 All high jump qualifiers will compete in one flight. The top 5 boys and top 6 girls will qualify for the CCS semifinals.
5.1 If there is a tie for 5th place for the boys or 6th place for the girls, then the tie will be broken by a jumpoff in accordance with Rule 2-2-2-b-4 of the National Federation Track and Cross Country rules
Order of Events
Section 1 As a general rule, the order of events for the dual and Division meets for the varsity boys and girls shall be the same as at the CCS and State meets.
Section 2. The order of events for the F/S and JV girls will be arranged to facilitate meet management. Any changes from the Varsity order must be made by mutual consent.
Section 3. Field events order for the division dual meet season is the same as the SCVAL finals. Any changes must be by the consent of the head coaches involved.
Section 4. Distance events may be combined by mutual consent of the coaches.
Time Event Team Event Type of Start
3:00 PM 1. GV 400 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
2. BV 400 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
3. GJV 400 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
4. F/S 400 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
5. GV 1600 M. Run Curve Line
6. BV 1600 M. Run Curve Line
7. GJV 1600 M. Run Curve Line
8. F/S 1600 M. Run Curve Line
9. BV 110 M. HH **********
10. F/S 65 M. HH **********
11. GV 100 M. LH **********
12. GJV 100 M. LH **********
13. GV 400 M. Run 2 Turn Stagger
14. BV 400 M. Run 2 Turn Stagger
15. GJV 400 M. Run 2 Turn Stagger
16. F/S 400 M. Run 2 Turn Stagger
17. GV 100 M. Dash **********
18. BV 100 M. Dash **********
19. GJV 100 M. Dash **********
20. F/S 100 M. Dash **********
21. GV 800 M. Run 1 Turn Stagger
22. BV 800 M. Run 1 Turn Stagger
23. GJV 800 M. Run 1 Turn Stagger
24. F/S 800 M. Run 1 Turn Stagger
25. GV 300 M. LH 1 Turn Stagger
26. GJV 300 M. LH 1 Turn Stagger
27. BV 300 M. LH 1 Turn Stagger
28. F/S 300 M. LH 1 Turn Stagger
29. GV 200 M. Dash 1 Turn Stagger
30. BV 200 M. Dash 1 Turn Stagger
31. GJV 200 M. Dash 1 Turn Stagger
32. F/S 200 M. Dash 1 Turn Stagger
33. GV 3200 M. Run Curve Line
34. BV 3200 M. Run Curve Line
35. GJV 3200 M. Run Curve Line
36. F/S 3200 M. Run Curve Line
37. GJV 1600 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
38. F/S 1600 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
39. GV 1600 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
40. BV 1600 M. Relay 2 Turn Stagger
Time LJ TJ HJ SP DISC
3:00 PM VB VG JVG VB VG
GJV FSB VG JVG FSB
VG VB FSB VG VB
FSB JVG VB FSB JVG
Section 5. For fair and safe competition, schools should provide adult supervision for field events and the finish line.
Section 1 Hardship Rule
1.1 The hardship rule applies in determining whether an athlete may participate in the Qualification Meet without participating in the Division finals.
1.2 Hardship only applies to an illness/accident that is non-sports related.
1.3 The athlete must be under a medical doctor’s care.
1.4 Request for hardship must be presented to the SCVAL Commissioner and the director of the Division finals meet in writing by the coach of the participant before the start of the athlete’s first race.
1.5 The coach of the hardship athlete must verify that the athlete has posted a mark during the current season in a boys event that is better than the 5th best boys mark recorded at the Division meets and in a girls event that is better than the 6th best girls mark recorded at the Division meets
1.6 The hardship hearing will be held on the second working day following the request for hardship.
1.7 The hardship committee hearing the hardship request will consist of the SCVAL Commissioner and the athletic directors for the two schools in charge of the two divisions finals meets.
1.8 A hardship athlete is considered one of the school’s three (3) entries.
1.9 A participant granted favorable consideration by the hardship committee shall participate on the following Tuesday or Wednesday in competition with the last place qualifier. Four (4) throws or jumps shall be allowed each contestant in the shot put, discus, long and triple jump. The competition shall be held at a neutral site. The time will be determined by the commissioner in cooperation with the two coaches.
1.10 All run-offs, jump-offs, or throw-offs will be held at the same site. This site will be determined at the pre-season track coaches meeting.
Section 2. Sports Chairperson
2.1 The Track chairperson(s) shall be elected every two years by all the Division track coaches in accordance with Art. VIII of the SCVAL Constitution.
2.2 The Track chairperson(s) are:
2.2.1 To call a meeting of all the league Track coaches prior to the beginning of the season to go over the schedules, by-laws, rule changes and anything pertinent to their sport for that season.
2.2.2 To call a meeting of all the league coaches at the end of the season to review the by-laws and make revisions, set up schedules for the next season, and solve any problems that came up during the season. The chairperson(s) will present any by-law changes to the Athletic Directors and the Board of Managers.
2.2.3 Compile the results and send to the League Commissioner as well as to the league schools.
2.2.4 To represent the league on the CCS Track Committee.
2.2.5 To notify the Athletic Director and Commissioner of all sport committee meetings.
Section 3. League Realignment
The leagues will be realigned every two years based upon their
records for the prior two years as follows:
3.1 First, the finishing place of each school in the DeAnza and El Camino divisions for varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys, and JV girls will be determined in accordance with section 2 of article V for each of the two prior years.
and JVG) for each year will be awarded 7 points, second
place will be awarded 6 points, etc.
3.3 Third, the points for all four divisions (VB, VG, FSB, and JVG) will be totaled for each school.
3.4 Fourth, the school with the lowest score in the DeAnza division will be moved to the El Camino division. As an example, if a school scored 7 points in VB, 1 point in VG, 2 points in FSB, and 1 point in JVG, its total score would be 11. If this was the lowest total score in the DeAnza division, then this school would be moved to the El Camino division.
3.5 Fifth, the school with the highest score in the El Camino division will be moved to the DeAnza division.
3.6 If there is a tie under the procedure described in sections 3.1 through 3.5 regarding the top team in the El Camino division or the bottom team in the DeAnza division, then the tie shall be broken in the following order:
3.6.1 The team with the best dual meet record in head-to- head competition among the tied El Camino teams will be moved to the DeAnza division and the team with the worst dual meet record in head-to-head competition among the tied DeAnza teams will be moved to the El Camino division.
3.6.2 If there is still a tie, then the tie will be broken by comparing the total scores for the tied teams for the varsity boys, varsity girls, frosh-soph boys, and JV girls at the division finals meets for the 2-year
period for the tied teams.
3.6.3 If there is still a tie after applying the procedures in sections 3.1, through 3.6.2, then the tie will be broken by flipping a coin.