YAIAA Track & Field Tri-Meet Guidance
1. Tri-meets in the YAIAA will either be run as triple-dual meets (A-B, A-C, & B-C) or double-dual
meets (A-B & A-C, assuming B vs. C has already been contested in the season). All meets will be
scored as if they are a dual meet, similar to cross country tri-meets.
2. It is recommended that each of the three schools have a dedicated meet scorer in the press box
to assist in tabulating the meets scores.
3. For individual sprint races (100m, 200m, 400m) and hurdle races (110/100m and 300m) it is
a. Only 6 lanes on the track will be utilized, even if it is an 8 lane track or an 8 lane
b. Six timers must be provided (one per lane), plus a head timer to assist with finish places
and pick up any missed starts (seven total timers). All individuals should be timed
c. Fastest heats run first, with two contestants from each school in each heat.
d. Consideration should me made to limit the races to four heats, which equates to 8
contestants per event per school.
4. For the distance races (800m, 1600m, and 3200m) it is recommended that:
a. Consideration be made that each school have no greater than 6 runners per race.
b. The 3200m race should be run as a separate boys and girls race, unless the number of
competitors is very small.
c. After finishing the race, the contestants need to line up in queue to have their
5. Relay races will be run as one heat for boys and one heat for girls, max two teams per school.
6. For field events it is recommended that:
a. Consideration be made to limit field contestants to five per event per school.
b. For throws, the 2X2 YAIAA Throwing Policy will be in effect for Varsity meets.
c. Schools should evaluate the need to extend the amount of time available for open pit
long jump and triple jump (i.e.-75 minutes vs. the typical 60 minute time period).
d. Often times, field events are not artificially illuminated properly. Schedule field events
to optimize daylight. Consider starting throwing events early (3:30 PM), and
overlapping the long throws, i.e.- boy’s javelin simultaneous with girl’s discus, if your
venue allows it.
7. Consideration should be given to staffing the meet with at least five PIAA certified officials to
assist in the conduct of the meet.
8. Tri-meet conditions covering the items above (i.e.-# of contestants per event, etc.) should be
conveyed to the visiting schools, Chuck Abbott (YAIAA Administrator), Rob Caruso (YAIAA Track
& Field Chairman), and Jon Seitz YAIAA Senior High Track and Field By-Laws for 2021-2022
1. Meets shall be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:45 unless changed by mutual agreement.
2. Those schools with no home track facility are responsible for making arrangements for use of a facility, officials, etc. Expenses for the track and field meet are the responsibility of the school listed as Home Team.
3. The host school will be responsible for providing a minimum of five (5) officials with eight (8) or more highly desirable.
4. Any league meet delayed because of inclement weather must be run the following day, or by mutual agreement of the schools involved.
5. The order of running events is standardized with boys first and girls second. However, the order for field events sometimes varies because of a difference in available facilities and the number of available officials. The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.
Order of all events
Maximum length of spikes on track surface and javelin surface
Maximum number of participants in sprint events
Maximum number of participants in a distance event
Maximum number of participants for hurdle events
Maximum number of participants for throwing events
Maximum number of participants for jumping
6. Determination of Lanes, Declaration of Competitors: To determine the lane assignments in a dual meet situation, the captains of the respective teams and chief official (or starter) shall meet and either draw or toss a coin to determine which team shall have the choice of lane 1 or 2 in the first running events. Lanes would then be alternated with each successive running event. In a coed meet this choice will include both boys’ and girls’ races for a particular distance.
Example: Team A and B toss coin; Team A wins and chooses lane 1 for the first event.
Result: Event #1 Boys’ 3200 Relay...lane 1...team A Girls’ 3200 Relay...lane 1...team A
Event #2 Boys’ 110 HH....lane 1....team B Girls’ 100 HH.....lane 1....team B
Lane alternating would then continue throughout the remainder of the meet. At the request of the starter, the team competing in lane #1 will be the first to commit all their athletes competing in that event to the track. If any deviation from this regulation is to take place, it must be done with the consent of all coaches concerned and the chief official.
7. Meets will be conducted using National Federation Rules and PIAA Modifications. All competitors who participate in the meet are eligible to score/place in the meet. There will be no exhibition entries. Each school is entitled to a minimum of 3 entries in each event. The maximum number of entries in a YAIAA meet is defined in Section 5.
8. After all athletes in the throwing events have completed their first two throws the coach will designate the 3 athletes from his/her school who will be taking 2 additional throws and which athletes will pass on their final 2 attempts, per a Coach’s “Gentlemen/Ladies Agreement”. This will be known as the “2X2 Rule” and is to be incorporated into the meet conditions sent to opponents.
9. Heats will be run from fastest to slowest as per a Coach’s “Gentlemen/Ladies Agreement”.
10. An individual may enter four (4) events. Each school will be allowed a minimum of three (3) entrants in each event, except relays, which shall be limited to one (1) varsity team.
11. A champion shall be determined in each division by awarding two (2) points for a win, one (1) point for a tie, and zero (0) points for a loss. In case of a tie, co-champions will be declared. There shall be no declared YAIAA Champion.
YAIAA Senior High Track and Field 2021-2022
- Track and Field Medals for the YAIAA Meet: 1st thru 8th places for each event.
- Track and Field Records will be kept for the Y.A.I.A.A. Meet only.
- Starting Heights/Dual Meets, High Jump and Pole Vault:
a. High Jump (Senior High Girls)
The starting height should be (4’4”). The bar should be raised (2”) at a time to (5’). After that, the bar should be raised (1”) for each successive height.
b. High Jump (Senior High Boys)
The starting height should be (5’2”). The bar should be raised (2”) at a time to (5’10”). After that, the bar should be raised (1”) for each successive height.
c. Pole Vault (Senior High Boys)
The starting height should be (8’). The crossbar will be moved by increments of 6” to 10’. After that height, the bar should be raised (3”) for each successive height until completion of the event.
d. Pole Vault (Senior High Girls)
The starting height should be (6’). The crossbar will be moved by increments of 6” to 7’. After that height the bar should be raised (3”) for each successive height until completion of the event.
- The 3200 Meter Run for Boys and Girls: In an effort to expedite the meet it is recommended that the Boys’ and Girls’ 3200 Meter Run take place simultaneously. However, depending on the number of competitors and number of officials this practice is flexible and may be with, or without, a separate start whichever is appropriate or expedient at the time. With mutual agreement of the opposing coaches and officials, this may also take place with the Girls and Boys’ 3200 Meter Relay.
- There must be a minimum of one PIAA registered official working at each dual meet. Two officials are highly recommended. (No student may be utilized in any decision-making capacity.
Order of Events
Boys Field EventsGirls
4:00 Boys’ 3200 Relay
Girls’ 3200 Relay
4:20 Boys’ 110 Hurdles
Hurdle Crew Reset for Girls
4:30 Girls’ 100 High Hurdles Hurdle Crews Remove Hurdles
4:35 Boys’ 100 Dash
4:40 Girls’ 100 Dash
4:45 Boys’ 1600 Run
4:55 Girls’ 1600 Run
5:05 Boys’ 400 Relay
5:10 Girls’ 400 Relay
5:15 Boys’ 400 Dash
5:20 Girls’ 400 Dash
Hurdle Crews set 300 Intermediate Hurdles
5:25 Boys’ 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Hurdle Crews Reset for Girls
5:35 Girls’ 300 Intermediate Hurdles
Hurdle Crews Remove Hurdles
5:40 Boys’ 800 Run
5:45 Girls’ 800 Run
5:50 Boys’ 200 Dash
5:55 Girls’ 200 Dash
6:00 Boys’/Girls’ 3200 Run 6:20 Boys’ 1600 Relay 6:25 Girls’ 1600 Relay
Pole Vault: (Boys/Girls)
8’ by 6” to 10’/ by 3” to conclusion
6’ by 6” to 7’/ by 3” to conclusion
High Jump: (Boys’)
5’2 x 2” to 5’10”
5’10 x 1” to conclusion
High Jump: (Girls’)
4’4” x 2” to 5’
5’ x 1” to conclusion
Other Field Events:
Four (4) Final Throws or Jumps; No Trials
Javelin, Pole Vault
Discuss High Jump
Shot Put Triple Jump
*PLEASE NOTE: an optional “Open Pit” concept may be used for both the long jump and triple jump. Under this format, these events are conducted with a beginning time and ending time for each event. During this time frame, the athletes involved are responsible to complete their four trials. This method eliminates the need to call names in order and for athletes to check in and out of these events to run in track events. Any school wishing to operate their meets in this fashion should notify opposing schools at least one week prior to the date of their contest. This provision is in keeping with #5 under the “By-Laws” section. Y.A.I.A.A. Junior High Track and Field By-Laws for 2021-2022
*Date Proposed: 6/10/2019 *Date Approved: 9/27/2019
1. Meets shall be held on Thursdays at 3:45 pm, unless changed by mutual agreement.
2. Competition shall be by classes: Class “A” for Boys and Girls and Class “B” for Boys and Girls. All participants are eligible to score.
3. The maximum number of events that any one student can participate, in any given meet, is four (4).
4. Class “A” competitors are permitted four (4) throws in the discus and shot put & 4 long/high jumps (The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.). Class “B” competitors are permitted two (2) throws/jump in discus, long/high jump and shot put. (The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.).
5. Starting heights for the High Jump: Boys 4’6”, Girls 4’0”. The height will increase 2” at a time for 6”, and from there on 1” at a time until the conclusion of the event. (The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.).
6. On the call sheet the athletes participating in field events should be called by gender rather than by class. The official will designate the class on the score sheet for field events only.
7. The meet should follow the current By-Laws with regard to the order of Field Events unless there is a facility problem.
8. For all sprint events, participating schools may enter a number defined by the host school. (The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.).
9. The 1600 m and 800 m runs should be contested as follows: (The host school must send meet conditions to the visiting school by the first PIAA play date. Those conditions will remain in effect for that entire school year and may not be altered.).
10. It is recommended that an “Open Pit” format be implemented for the Long Jump.
11. Determination of Lanes, Declaration of Competitors: To determine the lane assignments in a dual meet situation the captains of the respective teams and the chief official (or starter) shall meet and either toss a coin or draw to determine which team shall have the choice of lane 1 or 2 in the first running event. Lanes would then be alternated with each successive running event. In Junior High an event would be the competition of both classes, in a particular distance. An example is given in the high school section.
12. Throwing Weight Specifications: The Junior High Discus will be 1 kilogram in weight and conform in size specifications listed in the NFHS Track and Field Rule Book. The Junior High Shot shall be 4.0 Kilograms for boys and 6 lbs. for girls and conform in size specifications to those listed in the NFHS Track and Field Rule Book. No substitutions permitted.
13. The Junior High Hurdles for both boys and girls shall be specified... 100 Meters for girls @ 30” and 110 Meters for boys @ 33” aligned with the girls and boys hurdle marks for the high school competition.
3:45 110 Meter 33” Hurdles-boys 100 Meter 30” Hurdles-girls
100 Meter Dash-boys 100 Meter Dash-girls
1600 Meter Run-boys 1600 Meter Run-girls
400 Meter Relay-boys 400 Meter Relay-girls
400 Meter Dash-boys 400 Meter Dash-girls
800 Meter Run-boys 800 Meter Run-girls
200 Meter Dash-boys 200 Meter Dash-
girls 1600 Meter Relay-boys 1600 Meter Relay-girls
ORDER OF EVENTS
Shot Put—Boys (A&B)
Long Jump—Girls (A&B)
Discus—Girls (A&B) High Jump—Girls
Long Jump—Boys (A&B)
Shot Put—Girls (A&B)