2021 Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League Rules | Parys, Free State, South Africa

2021 Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League Rules

Pay special attention to the following rules

  • Please familiarise yourself with the COVID-19 Protocol for this event.
  • Make sure you are entered into the correct age-gender category.
  • No coach or spectator will be allowed to run along the outside of the track to give pace.
  • Stay on the course. Cutting the course or running outside of the marked course will lead to disqualification.
  • Athletes must be fit and healthy enough to complete the distance within the given time frame and without walking.
  • Only persons authorised by their club will be allowed to dispense water at the water aid station.
  • Do not accept water from any source outside of the water station area.
  • Athletes who dispose of water cups or sachets on the track beyond the water station zone could face disciplinary action.
  • Do not help injured runners or carry them accross the finish line. Medical personnel will be available to assist injured or distressed athetes.
  • Do not accept help from other runners or spectators. Medical personnel and officials will be ready to assist with emergiencies.
  • If an athlete gets injured the athlete may be instructed by medical personnel or officials to retire from the race ("did not finish").
  • Do not intensionally push, pull, hit, or touch another athlete and do not hold hands when crosisng the finish line.
  • Athletes must wear their ASA license numbers at all times during the race and it must be clearly visible on their running vests.
  • Do not run with another athlete's license / race number.
  • Do not swear at, berate or offend spectators and fellow runners.
  • Do not urinate or expose yourself in public. Please make use of provided facilities.
  • Do not litter. Runners and teams / clubs are responsible for keeping things clean and tidy in the areas they occupy during an event.

Clothing and wearble technology

  • All athletes must participate in their approved club / school colours.
  • Running bare foot is allowed but it is highly recommended to wear appropriate running shoes to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Running with spiked shoes is not recommemded for this course.
  • Athletes are not allowed to wear or carry the following on the race course during a race:
    • Headphones.
    • Cellular phones.
    • Cameras that are attached to the body or selfie sticks.
    • Water reservoirs / Camelbacks and water bottels.
    • Necklases or bracelets, with the exception of Medical Alert Jewelry.
    • Flags or banners
  • Besides approved clothing, athletes are allowed to wear or carry the following during a race:
    • Approved protective eyewear and prescription glasses / contact lenses.
    • Prescription hearing aids.
    • Smart watches / biometric devices (not allowed at championship events) as long as athletes do not receive any communication or data from coaches or any third party.

Venue rules

  • Runners / clubs are responsible for keeping things clean and tidy in the areas they occupy during the event.
  • If any athlete or spectator vandalise anything on the premises, the person that caused the dammage will be held responsible to pay for the repairs of damages.
  • No loud music or broadcast systems will be allowed without proper licensing and the written permission of the organiser.
  • No vendors, marketing agencies, product activations, marketing campaigns, or flyer distribution will be allowed on the premises and in the allocated parking areas for the duration of the event without the written permission of the event organiser.
  • The race organiser and land owner retains the right to refuse any person access to the premises for the duration of the event.
  • Athletes and members of the public access the premises at their own risk.
  • No smoking and / or fires will be allowed outside of the designated areas.
  • No alcohol will be allowed or served on the premises for the duration of the event.

Registration / check in

  • All athletes must check in at registration 30 minutes prior to the start of every league meeting.
  • Race numbers are collected before every race and handed back in at the finish line after each race.
  • Athletes must personally check in at registration
  • Athletes will be allowed to collect only their own race numbers. No athletes will be allowed to collect a race number on behalf of another athlete.
  • Only authorised team / club managers will be allowed to collect race numbers for their own club members.
  • No entries or substitutions will be processed on race day.

The warm up

  • Athletes may warm up prior to the start of their respective races by making use of the allocted warm up area.
  • Walking the course will not be allowed (COVID-19 protocol).
  • No coaches, supporters, non-competing athletes, or members of public will be allowed inside the warm up area.
  • It will be the responsibility of every athlete making use of the warm up area to keep the area clean and clear of any clothing, bags, accessories, and trash.

The start

  • Every athlete will receive and must wear a race number.
  • An athlete may withdraw at any time prior to, or during the race if the athlete feels that the race conditions are unsafe.
  • Withdrawls must be reported to the call room marshal / start referee.
  • When an athlete withdraws at the start, the athlete must hand his / her race number in at the call room and leave the competition area immediately.
  • Athletes must report to the call room 10 minutes before the start of the athlete's race. Once an athlete is checked in and enters the call room the athlete will not be allowed to exit until after the race has started. Leaving the call room at this point will be interpreted as a withdrawl and the athlete will not be allowed to participate in the race.
  • No athlete will be allowed to start late or run in a different age category.
  • Runners will access the start area via the call room. No run-outs / strides shall be permitted (COVID-19 protocol).
  • The start referee has the authority to arrange athletes in the start corral if there appears to be crowding or unsafe conditions.

During the race

  • No person will be allowed to run along the outside of the track to give pace or assist athletes in gaining a competitive advantage during the race.
  • Athletes must be fit and healthy enough to complete the distance within the given time frame and without walking. If an athlete walks too much or causes the next race to start late the athlete will be removed from the track.
  • There will be a water aid station on the route (Refer to the COVID-19 protocol). Athletes who dispose of water cups or sachets on the track beyond the water station zone could face disciplinary action.
  • Do not help injured runners or carry them accross the finish line. Assisting another athlete will lead to disqualification. Medical personnel will be available to assist injured or distressed athetes.
  • Do not accept help from other runners or spectators. Accepting assistance will lead to disqualification of all parties involved. Medical personnel and officials will be ready to assist with emergiencies.
  • If an athlete is injured or in distress the following action should be taken:
    • Call for help.
    • An athlete may get the attention of nearby officials or medical personnel if a fellow competitor appears to be in need of medical assistance, but is not allowed for an athlete to provide medical assistance or help another injured / distressed athlete in any way whatsover.
    • Spectators may get the attention of nearby officials or medical personnel, but is not allowed to provide medical assistance or help an injured / distressed athlete in any way whatsover.
  • If an athlete gets injured the athlete may be instructed by medical personnel or officials to retire from the race ("did not finish"). Refusal to accept instructions from medical personnel or race officials will lead to disqualification.
  • If an athlete withdraws from the race, the athlete must hand his / her score card in at the nearest official and state that he / she withdraws from the race.
  • If an athlete is injured and in need of medical attention the score card will remain with the athlete until such time that medical personal hands it back to the race director.
  • Do not intensionally push, pull, hit, or touch another athlete and do not hold hands when crossing the finish line.
  • Do not run with another athlete's license / race number. This will lead to disqualification from all the remaining league events for both athletes involved.
  • Do not swear at, berate or offend spectators and fellow runners. Stay calm on the track and be curtious when you communicate with fellow runners and spectators.

The finish

  • Do not hold hands or assist athletes when crossing the finish line.
  • The Finish referee will have the final decision regarding conflicts or appeals at the finish line during the race.
  • Athletes will remove their own race numbers at the finish line and dispense the race numbers in a bin. No contact between athletes and officials (COVID-19 protocol).

Prize giving

  • There will be no medals / prize giving ceremonies (COVID-19 protocol).

Race results and appeals

  • Official results for all league meetings will only be published 24-48 hours after the race to allow for appeals, official reports, and administrative duties. No results will be published on race days.
  • Appeals must be addressed to the race director within 30 minutes after completion of a race. Appeals are subjected to a R150 fee per appeal.

Qualification standards: Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team

  • The Fezile Dabi Open Cross Country Running League is alligned to serve as a qualifying and recognition platform to identify electable athletes to compete at the AFS Provincial Cross Country Championships.
  • The qualification standards specified here serve as a guideline of the selection process. Athletics Free State and the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running League organising committee reserve all rights in the selection process of athletes.
  • Only South African citizens who reside in the Free Srate Province of South Africa are eligible for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team.
  • Only athletes with a valid ASA Athletics Free State license will be eligible for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team.
  • An athlete must compete in a minimum of 50% of the league meetings in order to be eligible for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team.
  • Results obtained by AFS-affiliated athletes from other ASA-approved Cross Country League meetings may be considered for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running team selection.
  • A maximum of 10 athletes per age-gender category will be selected for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team.
  • Other selection criteria may be considered in addition to finishing time.
  • Athletes who are selected for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running team will continue to compete in their respective club / school colours. There is no official colours / uniform approved or available for the Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team.

Fezile Dabi Cross Country Running Team minimum qualification times:

Age category Qualification distance Qualification time
B8 1km 00:05:10
G8 1km 00:05:50
B9 2km 00:09:50
G9 2km 00:10:00
B10 2km 00:09:15
G10 2km 00:09:50
B11 3km 00:13:45
G11 3km 00:15:30
B12 3km 00:13:00
G12 3km 00:14:50
B13 4km 00:16:45
G13 3km 00:14:40
B14 4km 00:16:30
G14 4km 00:19:50
B15 4km 00:16:20
G15 4km 00:19:45
B16 6km 00:25:50
G16 4km 00:19:45
B17 6km 00:25:30
G17 4km 00:20:00
JM 8km 00:33:45
JW 6km 00:33:00
U/23 Men 4km 00:15:45
U/23 Women 4km 00:19:35
SM 4km 00:16:45
SW 4km 00:19:45
SM 10km 00:40:00
SW 10km 00:48:00
M35 8km 00:34:00
W35 4km 00:20:00
M40 8km 00:36:00
W40 4km 00:20:30
M45 8km 00:38:00
W45 4km 00:21:30
M50 8km 00:40:30
W50 4km 00:22:00
M55 8km 00:41:30
W55 4km 00:22:45
M60 6km 00:34:00
W60 4km 00:23:50
M65 6km 00:34:30
W65 4km 00:24:40
M70 6km 00:35:00
W70+ 4km 00:26:40
M75+ 4km 00:24:30

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