Summer Program 2020-2021

A full range of track and field disciplines is covered during the summer season at SA Athletics Stadium each Wednesday evening. Multi-events, steeplechase and 10,000m run/walk are not held as part of the normal program, but are included in the SAMA summer championships.

Results for all our competitions, including Championships, can be found on the Results page. The photos from previous SAMA competitions can be viewed via our Facebook Gallery.

SAMA membership covers competition fees for the normal weekly program, but a stadium entry fee is charged by the Stadium management. Registration for events is done on arrival at the stadium (please allow 30 minutes before your first event).

This year track events are again divided between three separate programs, alternating over a three week cycle, which are designated A, B and C . The field events programs will continue to alternate every two weeks, and these are designated as 1 and 2. The specific dates on which each type of program will be held can be found in the Summer Program. The timetables for both track and field programs are shown below.

The SAMA Achievers Award will be continued to recognise individual athletes who strive from week to week to improve their performance ratings but who may not necessarily be at a “high” standard. The Achievers Award will be applicable only to financial members of SA Masters Athletics (SAMA) and is based on their performances during the weekly SAMA competitions (for full details refer to the Awards section).

We again ran the ‘Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge’, which was introduced last year consisting of a distance-handicapped event in which sprinters and distance runners compete against each other. Details of the Bob Clarke Memorial Challenge 2020 Final can be downloaded.

Download Summer Program

COVID SAfe Check-In On arrival at the SA Athletics Stadium all participants in SAMA competition, including athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators should scan the QR code displayed at the entrance to the stadium using the mySA GOV app, then if prompted enter their name and phone number to complete the check-in. If unable to check-in this way using the mySA GOV app, details for contact tracing must be provided in writing on the sheet available at the stadium entrance.

SAMA summer Track & Field competition at SA Athletics Stadium will be conducted according to a set of COVID-19 Events Protocols (download summary PDF), which describe how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions.

Special Events

Australian Masters Athletics (AMA) Winter Championship Events

SAMA will again host the AMA 20km Road Walk Championships in 2021, encompassing the SAMA 20km Walks Championships. SAMA race walkers should note that to be eligible for the National Championships, it is necessary to also submit a separate entry for the AMA 20km Road Walk Championships. Further details to follow.

The SAMA Half-Marathon Championships will be held in conjunction with the 20km walks. This event, together with the Adelaide Marathon Festival Half-Marathon, will constitute the two South Australian races eligible for the 2021 AMA Postal Half-Marathon Championships (see the AMA website for full details).

SAMA Summer Championships 2020-21

State Masters Athletics Championships (State Age Group Championships)

The Summer Championships are for all SAMA members, and we encourage you to enter. NB. Only financial members can enter summer championship events.

If you enjoy competing in the regular Wednesday competition you will enjoy the Championship competition. They are run basically as per our normal competition but results are determined by 5 year age groups and this means you will competing against those in your age group. A Certificate is awarded to all participants detailing all events entered, your place, performance and age-graded percentage. Please do not be put off by the fact that they are Championships – it will still be the same friendly competition.

The SAMA 10,000m Run Championships were held together with the Athletics SA State 10,000m Championships on 24 October 2020.

The results of the State Age Group 10000m Run Championships are available on the Results page, and the results of the ASA State 10,000m Championships are available on the ASA website.

The remainder of the Championships will be held in 2021. Full details can be found in the SAMA State Champs 2021 document, and the schedule is available below.

Athletics SA Track & Field Season 2020/21

SAMA is a full member club with ASA, so that SAMA members can compete in ASA competition. You will need to compete in a SAMA uniform and if you don’t have one please see the Uniforms page for information about ordering. The Summer Program also shows the dates of the ASA Championships for information of SAMA competitors.

All SAMA members who are financial for the 2020-21 membership year also have Basic membership of Athletics SA for 2020-21. For an extra annual fee, individuals may choose to upgrade their ASA membership to a Traditional or Platinum membership to reduce the cost per day/event when competing in ASA competitions. See Competing with ASA 2020-21 for further details, and any enquiries about ASA membership/competition should be directed to the Registrar: David Bates (registrar@samastersathletics.org.au) .

Information about the ASA Summer Track & Field Season can also be found on the ASA Website.

Program Information

COVID-19 Precautions

The 2020-21 Summer season will be conducted to comply with the COVID-19 Public Activity Requirements for South Australia , which allows outdoor Athletics competitions to be conducted, subject to a number of conditions being met. These include the need to continue to observe social distancing and density requirements, and taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of all participants.

SAMA summer Track & Field competition at SA Athletics Stadium will be conducted according to a set of COVID 19 Events Protocols (download PDF), which describe how SA Masters Athletics will conduct their events safely and in a manner that abides by current COVID-19 restrictions. A one-page summary of the key features of these protocols is also available.

From 1 December 2020 SAMA will operate at the stadium under a new COVID-Safe Plan, which provides a list of obligations that must be complied with to undertake competition. All members, including athletes, volunteers and officials should refer to the plan and become familiar with what needs to be done to ensure our club stays COVID-Safe.

SAMA will support the use of the COVID SAfe Check-In feature of the mySA GOV app to enhance contact tracing. This will utilise a QR code to be displayed in a prominent location at the stadium. Backup methods will be available for customers who don’t have a smartphone.

SAMA will have COVID Marshals at all competitions and events. All participants are required to follow the instructions given by a COVID Marshal .

Walking Events

In the spirit of inclusion SAMA introduced Club Walking into its program, to encourage current walkers who struggle with bent knees, previous walkers who no longer compete for fear of disqualification, and others who might like to try walking without the pressure of full Race Walking rules.

SAMA will continue to have two types of walking in its competition – Race Walking and Club Walking.

Race Walking will be conducted under IAAF rules with the “No advantage” concept applied as is done at National and International competition (for further information see Race-walking with SAMA).

For Club Walking the only rule is that there would be no running – which for our purposes will be defined by the requirement to always have one foot on the ground (bent knees will not be an issue). Walkers in this category can still be disqualified if they break the contact rule!

During normal SAMA competition in the Track & Field season, the differentiation between the two groups of walkers will only apply for ‘scratch’ races. For ‘handicap’ races (which are not judged) all walkers will be competing in a single group.

As both types of walking would be in the same race the type of walking must be nominated on entry into ‘scratch races’. We will have some distinguishing feature on Race Walkers. Both types will have their own Club Championship events but there will only be records for Race Walking (which must fulfill the criteria for setting SAG records) and only Race Walkers would be eligible for the SAMA Walks Award (for further details refer to the Records & Awards section).

Other Information

Unless indicated as a ‘scratch’ program, the runs and walks are conducted using predetermined handicaps – see the SAMA Handicapping Information.

Lap scoring – please read the information in accompanying document.

Each week the program will be designated either as ‘scratch’ or as ‘handicap’, which will alternate in a bi-weekly cycle. The Summer Program shows the dates for scratch and handicap weeks.

On handicap days if more than 1 heat is required for 400, 800, 1000 or 1500m – the faster heat will be scratch.

Men and women compete together. W designates a walk (separate Race-walk & Club-walk events on Scratch days only).

The weight and size of implements used for the throws varies according the gender and age group of the competitor (see the AMA website for current specifications).

A summary of the Hot Weather Contingencies (extracted from the Extreme Weather section of the SAMA By-Laws) can be downloaded here

If you wish to check the Hot Weather Policy applicable on a competition day, you can SMS or phone:
Paul Lainio
0478 222 544

Air pollution (including smoke from bushfires) can have detrimental effects on the performance and health of athletes. In particular, high risk groups such as people over 65 and individuals suffering from medical conditions such as Asthma are advised to take precautions when the air quality is poor.

Winter Season

Winter Program 2021

The SAMA winter program will recommence on Saturday 1 May 2021 – details to follow