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.
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.