Clubs compete on a league basis of four matches evenly spread around as much as possible on a club strength and geographical basis. Trophies are awarded to the league champions as well as age groups. Medals are awarded to athletes of the match (boys and girls in both track and field events). In addition at the end of the season any record breakers are also awarded medals.
League Rules - updated November 2018
Attire / Numbers
Club vests and identification letters will be worn in all competition events
Under 11's must wear club kit/t-shirts and allocated numbers
All clubs will wear their own identification letters back and front depending on string, e.g. M = A string MM = B string. The identification letters will be provided by the league at the 1st match, these are the only identification letters that will be allowed.
Host clubs will supply under 11 numbers (1 - 120) and Non-Scoring numbers. 2 digit where possible. To be worn back and front.
Numbers or letters to be worn front and back retained by 4 pins to prevent them folding and not being visible
UKA Rule 143 S1(2)(i) Branded Clothing does not apply in the Wessex League as we are a domestic league
All other competition rules shall be the same as UKA guidelines for under 13,15,17 boys and girls unless otherwise stated
NO mobile phones or ipod's are permitted in the competition area
Athletes may not change clubs in a season after they have competed for one club.
Under no circumstances must any athlete compete outside their own age group.
Team Managers should try to ensure that the best athlete competes as the A String in all events.
Athletes may only compete in 4 events including Non-Scoring of which one must be a relay.
U13 and U15 girls and boys may only compete in one middle distance event. U17s running in same events as U15s MUST have a circle around their letters
Clubs may include up to four scoring second claim athletes to be identified on the team sheet. These second claim athletes must be declared before the start of the season.
Field Events: A and B string plus ONE Non-Scoring athlete per age group per gender from each club is permitted, the Non-Scoring athletes will not be permitted extra throws/jumps if they achieve Grade 3 or above.
Track Events: A and B string plus up to FIVE Non-Scoring athletes per age group per gender from each club is permitted
Relay: A string plus ONE Non-Scoring team per age group per gender from each club is permitted
Video evidence submitted to question an official result must first be submitted to the team manager of the club who will raise that evidence to the league coordinator or appropriate channels to the chief match official. The chief match official may choose to view the evidence and then take subsequent action based on that evidence, at their discretion, which may include postponing any decision until after the match, amending or overruling the result or allowing the original result to stand. Once a decision is made there can be no further appeal. Evidence must be submitted within a reasonable period of time, subject to the discretion of the committee
All host clubs shall provide a track referee, field referee, chief timekeeper and starter, marksman. Host club shall provide announcer and track and field cards.
The host club shall provide First Aid cover.
Host clubs are to provide packed lunches for all qualified officials (as per the Officials Declaration) and the League Co-ordinator.
Host clubs shall issue a set of draft results to all competing clubs and the League Secretary within 24 hours of the meeting for verification.
The host club is to acknowledge receipt of official and team declarations from competing teams.
The timetable shall be strictly followed where ever possible.
All matches to be scored from 6 points for first place to 1 for last place.
All clubs shall provide a field team of three or more judges (at least one must be a qualified) plus one track judge and one timekeeper.
Every competing club to ensure that no athlete can compete in any event unless they have been competently coached in the event and be fully acquainted with all the rules and safety aspects of the event. Team managers to endorse this rule on every team declaration.
Every competing club to submit officials declaration sheet to host club one week prior to match. This allows host club to react if there is going to be a short fall in officials.
FAILURE TO SUBMT THIS SHEET WILL RESULT IN CLUB NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPETE ON THE DAY. NO OFFICIALS = NO MATCH
Every competing club to submit team declarations by the time and date requested by host clubs, the team sheets must include URN Numbers for U13 athletes and above and Date of Birth for U11s. Failure to do this could result in suspension from the league.
If 2 or more clubs are unable to attend a scheduled match then that match may be postponed at the discretion of the league chairman
Trials: All field events except high jump will be of 3 trials. Any athlete reaching an AAA grade 3 or above will receive 2 additional attempts (Except for Non-Scoring Athletes)
High Jump: Starting height for the high jump will be:
Under 13 Girls 1.00m Under 13 Boys 1.00m
Under 15 Girls 1.10m. Under 15 Boys 1.20m.
Under 17 Women 1.20m. Under 17 Men 1.30m.
Then the height will go up in 5cm increments. The last three competitors in each age group will be allowed to increase the height by 2cm
Athletes must not mark their run up with any item apart from tape or marker provided by Host Team, this applies equally to both senior athletes and Quad Kids
Teams are limited to 10 athletes per gender. (There are to be NO Non-Scoring athletes in Quadkids)
Athletes must be in school years 4 & 5 and under eleven by August 31st of the competition year.
Quadkids will be divided into 2 pools per gender for the field events
Quadkids must assemble at nominated meet point then be escorted to the event.
Quadkids team manager can remain within the track perimeter during competition to
help and assist as necessary. (Only one adult per Quadkids Team will be allowed inside
Vortex will be 3 straight throws with only the longest measured.
All throws to be measured from a central point (like javelin)
The Vortex must be thrown with the same technique as a Javelin i.e. pull throw
Long jump will be 1 practice jump followed by 2 competition jumps.
A 3rd jump will be allowed if the first 2 are NO jumps, failing that 3rd jump will result in 3 NO jumps.
Quadkids shall compete in sequential order within each round, similar to older athletes.
Any athlete breaking a league record will be recognised at the end of the season
Spectators and League Coordinators
All spectators must remain outside the track area.
Spectators must always respect the decision of the officials, if there are any questions this are to be directed via the Team Manager, Event Manager or League Coordinator.
League Coordinators act as a liaison between the teams and the Track and Field referees.
Composite teams planning on competing in the Wessex league must submit their application to the Wessex league by July 31st of the preceding year.
Several well known names hold league records in their age groups. They include:
Robert Tobin (Basingstoke) 400m
Sian Scott (Bournemouth) 300m
Hannah England (Oxford) 800m
Kelly Morgan (Salisbury) javelin
Holly Mills (Andover) long jump
This list of international, former Wessex league athletes is incomplete, you can help by expanding it
Nick Bull (Team Kennet)
Cheryl Angell (Team Kennet)
Laura White (Camberley)
Tim Wilding (New Forest Juniors)
John Lascelles (Andover), founded the league as "Doves League" in 1989.
Terry Prill (Havant) succeeded John around the mid 90s
Pete O'Keefe (Southampton City / Oxford City)
Tim Wilding (Southampton City / New Forest Juniors) took over from Pete around the late 90s
Nick Bull (Team Kennet, current chairman) took over from Tim in the mid 2000s.
The Wessex Track and Field Young Athletes League was founded by John Lascelles back in 1989 as the Andover Doves league with just a handful of clubs. The first two years were Under 13 boys and girls and U15 boys, initially without U15 girls. Under 17 men and women joined the competition in 1993. Renamed several times, to the National Grid league in 1995 and the Southern Electric League in 1998, as time went on the number of clubs competing slowly increased and the U11 & U20 categories were eventually added.
The competition has prospered, thanks to a dedicated group of enthusiasts, largely as a development competition for clubs, big and small in the "Wessex" area.
Please find below the minutes of the Wessex League Anual General meetings dating back to 2005. Unless otherwise stated the AGM took place at Andover Athletic Club
This shall be the Wessex Young Athletes Track and Field League.
The objective of the league is to promote amateur athletics.
The league shall consist of amateurs, according to the national governing body definition of amateur.
Application for membership shall be made in writing to the league secretary and approved by a majority of the management committee.
Each Club shall pay a subscription decided at the Annual General Meeting.
Subscriptions must be paid before the start of the current Season.
To resign, a member must inform the league secretary in writing.
Any Club guilty of misconduct (i.e. behaviour contrary to the Constitution) may be cautioned once or expelled from the league by a majority decision of the management committee.
Any club expelled will have the right to appeal to the Management committee meeting called at their request not later than two weeks from the date of expulsion.
The management committee shall consist of Chairman, League Secretary, League Treasurer, Under 11’s Secretary and Officials Secretary.
The management committee shall meet at least twice a year.
A quorum for the management committee shall be three.
All decisions will be by majority vote; the chairman shall have a casting vote in the event of a tie.
The management committee has the power to co-opt extra members up to the limit of three; to create trustees, and form
a sub-committee as and when considered necessary.
An auditor who is not a committee member must be elected annually by the AGM.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held during November/December and the following business under taken:
The report will be read and discussed.
The audited accounts will be presented.
The officers will be elected.
Motions to be discussed must be submitted in writing to the league secretary at least one week before the meeting.
A majority decision shall change standing orders or rules.
One third of all paid up members will constitute a quorum.
The Chairman shall have the casting vote.
Amendments to the Constitution
The management committee, by majority at a quorum meeting, to the may propose amendments to the constitution. The changes may be made only at the AGM or an extra-ordinary general meeting called for that purpose. Two weeks notice must be given for EGM. A quorum shall consist of one quarter of the membership. If the motion is passed by majority vote, the amendment to the constitution will be adopted.
Alternatively, five ordinary paid up and voting members may petition the Hon. Secretary in writing, to call an EGM in which the conditions in the previous paragraph will apply with respect to calling the meeting and voting at it.
Voting rights as at the AGM.
The management committee, by majority vote at a quorum meeting, may decide to dissolve the league. They must then call an EGM giving two weeks notice to all clubs. If the motion is passed by majority vote the league is then dissolved.
Alternatively five ordinary paid up members may petition the Hon. Secretary in writing to call a EGM in which the conditions in the previous paragraph will apply with respect to calling the meeting and voting at it.
Voting rights as at the AGM pertain.
Upon dissolution any funds remaining after all debts have been met will be shared equally among the remaining clubs.
This constitution was adopted at a meeting held on 18th December 2005.
Adopted EA Policies
The league have adopted the following policies from UKA & England Athletics