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The Sportsbiz 400 series is for novice athletes and the VRTA U20 is for athletes under 20 on the Ist October 2013.
I just checked on the VAL home page and on the RHS the races and eligibility criteria are very clearly set out.


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
So does that eliminate all those little athletic state title winners what about state title relay winners. I think it's pretty clear that the novice concept is way past it's use by date when it comes to establishing clear consistent pathways for junior athlete, after all they are the sports future. Why not make it clear and simple for them to enter and compete.


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
So if the 400 sportsbiz series is for novices does that mean there is no junior 400 series in the VAL?


ProTrack Star
ProTrack Star
8.1 An Athlete is defined as a Novice, and shall therefore be eligible for an event designated
solely for Novice athletes if that athlete has not won ANY final in any event conducted by
the following organisations (and/or any successor organizations):
a) the IAAF and/or affiliated bodies (being
State, National, World Title including Junior
Divisions above under 16);
b) the Scottish Games Association;
c) the Australian Athletics Confederation and/or
affiliated bodies (including the VAL); or
d) the International Olympic Committee and/or affiliated bodies in an athletics related
discipline (including for the avoidance of doubt Triathlon).

So going by the regulations ,if you win a final in an under age event in VAL or SAAL you are no longer a novice.


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
So if you win a junior race in the Val or sal you are not a novice, that is very short sighted by the Val and is hardly encouraging or providing a path way for young athletes.


If you win an underage event, you DO NOT lose your novice status.

9.1 From time to time the VAL and its member clubs may conduct events that are restricted to
athletes aged under 21 years, so such other lower age categories as considered
appropriate (for example, under 18 years, under 16 years). For the purpose of these
Regulations such events shall be referred to as Junior Races.
9.2 Subject to Regulation below, where an athlete wins a Junior Race they shall only be
subject to a handicap penalty for other Junior Races. That is, all Junior Races attract non
penalty status in relation to other events (excluding Junior Races) conducted by the VAL.
9.3 Where an athlete wins a Junior Race and in doing so runs a time that is so fast that the
VAL Handicapper is permitted to apply a handicap penalty to the athlete as a result of
either other Regulations contained herein or handicapping guidelines as may be set out by
the VAL Board from time to time in accordance with these Regulations, then such handicap
penalty shall still apply notwithstanding the operation of Regulation 9.2 above.
9.4 The entry, registration, handicapping method, penalty method, and performance
assessment rules of these events may be varied from season to season as agreed by the
VAL Board.

The VAL board have deemed as per rule 9.4 that junior race winners are still eligible for novice races. It would be pretty silly for a 13 year old winner of a junior race to then have to race in open company from then on.


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
They have deem about making it a rule and making it clear, if a 13 year old junior wins a LA state championship are they still deemed to be a novice???

is us also pretty silly that rules prevent clubs holding combined restricted and under age races.

it is unreasonable to assume juniors know what the Val are deemjng.


ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader
If a junior wins a novice event do they lose their novice status?

and are they still eligible to compete in junior races not novice races?

confused...well try being a 15year old  interpreting these  confusing rules?


re the sportsbiz novice 400m
if you win a final you can still run in the nov 400m for the rest of the season as it is a point's system as to who makes the final at stawell


If a junior wins a junior race they can still run in novice races. If a junior wins a novice race then they are no longer a novice and are then not eligible for any future novice races (unless they are still in the Sportzbiz series).
If a junior wins a junior race they can still compete in junior races until their age rules them out.

Mick The Rex

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