Posted: 5:09 pm Monday, November 23rd, 2009
By Post Staff
The Florida High School Athletic Association announced Monday that this season’s Track & Field state championships will include events for the permanently handicapped. The boys and girls adapted division will feature wheelchair shot put, wheelchair 200-meter, and wheelchair 800-meter events.
“The Board took action today to initiate a track & field competition for disabled students, affording them the opportunity to compete on an interscholastic level and recognizing that adaptive students are part of the entire interscholastic program,” said Executive Director Roger Dearing.
Here is the full set of rules for the events:
Topic (brief descriptive statement):
A. FHSAA Adaptive Track and Field Division.
(1) Overview. Each of the current four classes (1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A) will be divided into the following classifications; Boys Division, Boys Adapted Division, Girls Division, and Girls Adapted Division.
(2) Each division will score points for its class, gender and division only.
(3) No scores from separate divisions will be combined.
(4) An athlete cannot compete in multiple divisions.
(5) Adapted participants shall compete against each other only.
Detailed Information (background, observations, etc.):
B. FHSAA Adapted Track and Field Division Eligibility.
(1) All high school students with a permanent, physical disability may be eligible to participate on their school’s track and field team.
(2) Each athlete’s physical eligibility must be verified by a licensed physician and maintained on permanent file at the school.
(3) Students who participate must meet all FHSAA eligibility requirements. Students shall be members of the school’s track and field team and shall have the opportunity to compete at the school’s regular season meets (regardless of the number of adapted competitors).
(4) The athletes must compete in their school’s team uniform.
(5) Students must compete in a minimum of four (4) meets to qualify for the State Finals.
(6) Each school must complete and submit a FHSAA Adapted Track and Field Athlete Declaration form (TF6)
a. Must be filed by 5 p.m. Monday, Apr. 5, 2010 for Class 1A and 2A schools and by 5 p.m. Monday, Apr. 12, 2010 for Class 3A and 4A schools.
b. All student-athletes listed must have had previously reported results to the FHSAA Office.
c. Must be signed by the principal, FHSAA representative and head coach.
(7) A school whose FHSAA Adapted Track and Field Athlete Declaration form (TF6) is not received by the stated deadline may be permitted to participate only with the approval of the FHSAA Office; however, that school shall be assessed a minimum financial penalty of $250. This penalty will increase if it is later determined that a student-athlete(s) representing the school was ineligible to do so.
C. FHSAA Adapted Track and Field Division Events.
(1) Each student will have the opportunity to compete in the following events by gender: Wheelchair 200 meter race, Wheelchair 800 meter race, and Wheelchair Shot put.
(2) Wheelchair shot put will be divided into two (2) classifications for both boys and girls based on type of disability.
a. Class 1 will be for athletes with any disability of the lower extremities.
b. Class 2 will be for athletes with disability that affect lower and upper extremities.
(3) A meet’s order of events shall be determined by meet management.
(4) All adapted track and field participants shall be required to compete on the same day of the meet as their classification.
(1) An adapted track athlete will compete for adapted division individual and adapted division team honors in the school classification and gender in which his/her school competes.
(2) Points will be awarded per NFHS rule 2-1.
E. Awards. Places will be awarded from 1-8 (or less depending on participation levels.)
F. Result Submission.
(1) All regular season results (times and distances) should be submitted to email@example.com.
(2) Results must be submitted within 48hrs of the conclusion of the meet. Results are subject to verification by the meet referee.
(3) All results will be posted and made public on FHSAA Adapted Sports Results website.
G. FHSAA Finals Qualifying.
(1) The top 16 times/distances submitted from the regular season in each event by classification and gender will advance to compete at the FHSAA State Finals.
(2) Each event may be contested as finals only depending on number or entries.
H. Finals Awards.
(1) Medals will be awarded for 1st through 8th place.
(2) A Division Team Champion and Runner-up trophy will be awarded for each division per gender.
(1) The head coach is required to complete the FHSAA Video Rules Presentation. The online rules presentation for coaches will be available Feb. 7-17, 2010 in the E-Classroom on FHSAA.org.
(2) The financial penalty for failure to complete this requirement is $50. Coaches are required to complete the online FHSAA Track and Field Rules Presentation.
Event Rules – Wheelchair 200m and Wheelchair 800m Races
The event shall follow all state high school association rules with the following FHSAA/AAASP modifications
1. Track chair:
a. The track chair shall have two rear wheels and one front wheel.
b. The track chair frame shall not extend in front of the center of the front wheel hub.
c. The track chair may have no mechanical gears or levers that would propel the chair.
d. The steering must be hand operated. NO electronic steering is allowed.
e. NO part of the track chair or frame may protrude past the furthest point of the rear wheel.
f. Athlete’s lower limbs must be secured to the track chair. Any touch of the ground by the lower limb results in disqualification from the event.
g. Competitors are responsible for the proper functioning of the track chair. No event shall be delayed for equipment failure prior to event.
a. The maximum diameter of the rear wheel and inflated tired is 70 cm.
b. The maximum diameter of the front wheel and inflated tire is 50 cm.
c. Each rear wheel may have one hand rim.
3. Helmet and Gloves:
a. All competitors must wear a CPSC certified helmet (Bike/Skate)
b. All competitors must start each event using racing gloves.
4. Athletes may only propel the chair forward by pushing on the wheels or hand rims.
5. The Start: The Center of the front axle (axle plane) may not extend over the starting line.
6. The Finish: The finish of the race occurs when the center of the front axles (axle plane) crossing the finish line.
7. Wheeling in Lane: In the 200m competitors must stay in their designated lane. Touching or crossing the lane line for more than 10 consecutive feet is a disqualification. Crossing a lane line for any distance and impeding another competitor is a disqualification.
8. Passing or changing lanes: Competitors must have full clearance of another athlete’s front wheel in order to pass or move into another lane. Failure to pass or change lanes correctly will result in disqualification.
9. Obstruction: Athletes may not touch or obstruct another competitor during an event. Obstruction of an athlete will result in disqualification.
Event Rules – Wheelchair Shot Put
The event shall follow all state high school associations rules with the following FHSAA/AAASP modifications:
1. All competitors must put the shot from a “chair “(manual wheelchair, throwing chair, power wheelchair). Scooters and “standing chairs” will not be allowed.
2. The upper most part of the cushion/seat on any chair may not exceed 75 cm (29.5inches).
3. The chair will be considered an extension of the athletes’ body. For example: any part of the chair touching the top of the stop board is a foul.
4. There will be two (2) classifications for both boys and girls.
a. The classifications will be Class 1 and Class 2.
Class 1 will be for athletes with any disability of the lower extremities (spinal cord injury, amputation, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, orthopedic injuries), for example: severe, permanent injuries in the knee, ankle, and hips.
Class 2 will be for athletes with disability that affect lower and upper extremities (cervical spinal, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury.)
Class 2 athletes are eligible to compete in Class 1. However, if they choose to compete in Class 1, they cannot compete in Class 2.
b. Boy’s class 1 will use an 8.81 lb./4.0 kg. shot.
c. Boy’s class 2 will use a 6 lb. shot.
d. Girl’s class 1 and 2 will put a 6 lb. shot.
5. A coach may assist the athlete entering the circle.
6. One buttock cheek must remain in contact with the seat during the throw.