revised rules for 2015 season

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Participant Eligibility

MECTA Member teams may include the following individuals:

 

An adult of the same or opposite sex who has an emotional, physical and financial relationship with you, similar to a spouse, as evidenced by the following facts:

 

An individual no longer employed by the Member who has competed for the Member team as a regular employee for at least two (2) years.

Siblings of regular employees must pay a $50 fee directly to MECTA before being eligible to compete.

In the event that an individual meets the eligibility requirements for more than one team, the team for which the individual will compete will be decided as follows: 

An individual need not be a resident of Maine to compete in MECTA as long as he or she meets the eligibility requirements listed in a. through g. of this section.

 

All events will be scored separately by gender and age within the following age groups:
Open              ages 18-29                   Bronze Veteran          ages 70-79
Submaster       ages 30-39                   Silver Veteran            ages 80-89
Master            ages 40-49                   Gold Veteran             ages 90-99
Senior             ages 50-59                   Platinum Veteran        ages 100 and over
Veteran           ages 60-69

Note: A Member team with employees outside the State of Maine will determine its division by adding employee totals from each state represented on the Member’s roster.

Each team captain must submit an initial roster as directed by the league scorer.  During the season, any additions to the roster must be received at least 48 hours prior to the meet.  Rosters must include first and last name, gender, and birth year for all participants.  Individuals not listed on the roster will not be allowed to compete. 

 

MEN

Shot Put

Discus

Turbo Jav

 

WOMEN

Shot Put

Discus

Turbo Jav

18-49

16 lb.

2 kg

600 g

 

18-49

4 kg

1 kg

500 g

50-59

6 kg

1.5 kg

600 g

 

50+

3 kg

1 kg

500 g

60-69

5 kg

1 kg

600 g

 

 

70-79

4 kg

1 kg

600 g

 

 

80+

3 kg

1 kg

400 g

 

 

 

7. Running Events (continued)

Division

Distance             to first hurdle

Distance between hurdles

Standard markings

M18-49

45 ft.

30 ft.

110m

M50-69

13 m

8.5 m

100m

M70+

12 m

7 m

none

W18-39

13 m

8.5 m

100m

W40-49

12 m

8 m

none

W50+

12 m

7 m

none

 

Each competitor may enter a maximum of five events per meet, with relays counting as one-half (½) an event (e.g. A competitor may enter five individual events OR four individual events and two relays OR three individual events and four relays.) 

The penalty for exceeding the event limit will be disqualification from any and all events that exceed the limit in reverse order of participation (i.e. the last event(s) in which the participant competed.)  In order to determine the order of participation, a competitor will have been considered to have competed in an event when:

The following officials will administer the MECTA track meets:
Meet Director, whose duties will be to:

starter, head timer/finish judge, clerk(s), field event judges, timers/finish judges, scorer, announcer, and other officials deemed necessary by the Meet Director.

Note: In the event that all official positions can not be filled at a meet, positions will be eliminated, as needed, in this order: 1. second clerk, 2. announcer, and 3. field event helpers (who would be replaced by event participants waiting to compete.)

Should a competitor be disqualified from an event, the meet director will report the decision to the competitor’s team captain.  The captain will then be responsible for reporting the disqualification to the competitor.  The meet director will only go to the competitor to clear up a discrepancy or to ensure that the correct competitor is being disqualified.

Team captains may bring any matters that develop during the track meet to the meet director’s attention for clarification or to dispute a rule interpretation.  If the meet director cannot resolve the issue and the issue deals with an alleged misapplication of the rules, the captain may call a Jury of Appeal.  The meet director will call, through the announcer, the Jury of Appeal to the infield immediately and present the issue.  The captain requesting the Jury shall not be present during this meeting.  The meet director will present the results to the affected captain(s) upon completion of the meeting.

The members of the Jury of Appeal should be selected prior to the first meet of the outdoor season, should be knowledgeable of all MECTA track rules and By-laws, and should include:

The President, or in his/her absence, the Vice-President will appoint a replacement if a captain on the Jury is absent or involved in the issue.

Issues should be brought to the meet director’s attention in a timely manner.  If the dispute involves a disqualification, the captain must report the protest in writing to the meet director within 30 minutes of being informed of the disqualification.

 

Tim Smith Award, which will be presented to the outstanding distance runner of the season.  Runners competing in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and 5k events are eligible.  This award is presented in memory of Tim Smith, a Unum employee who died in 1987.

John Maley Award, which will be presented to the outstanding thrower of the season.  Competitors in the shot put and discus are eligible.  This award is presented in memory of John Maley, an Idexx employee and team captain, who died in 2012.

MECTA Captain’s Award, which will be presented to the individual who best:

Peter Cooley Award, which will be presented to the individual, other than a captain, who best meets the same criteria outlined in the MECTA Captain’s Award.  This awarded is presented in memory of Peter Cooley, an Idexx employee and runner, who died in the spring of 2004 during an ascent of Mt. Rainier in Washington state.

The captains will meet to discuss the nominees and vote.  The awards may or may not be presented at a MECTA meet.

In the event that MECTA hosts an indoor meet or meets, the games committee will decide if any indoor track specific rules will be necessary.  Also, the games committee will decide which rules listed here will carry over to an indoor track meet.

Any performance in an indoor track meet that would eclipse a current MECTA outdoor track and field record will not be considered an outdoor track and field record.

Any rules not covered by these MECTA Track and Field rules, the MECTA By-laws,  the MECTA team merger rules, or the MECTA unattached athlete rules are those set down in the USATF Competition Rules.