FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS HANDICAPPED RUNNING?
In handicap running, competitors start at different positions on the track dependant upon their ability. The backmarker is generally the more naturally gifted athlete and starts behind everyone else. The handicaps are designed to even up the competition just like horse racing so that the running is more fascinating and unpredictable and gives everyone a chance.

WHAT HANDICAP DO I GET WHEN I FIRST START?
First year runners with no record of performances start off the novice marks . After a few starts at various meetings, the handicapper may adjust the marks to ensure the runner is more competitive. Runners who are running with the League for the first time but have a record of performances behind them are handicapped according to their ability.

WHERE AND WHEN ARE WEST COAST ATHLETICS LEAGUE RUNNING COMPETITIONS HELD?
There are 6 athletic carnivals scheduled for season 2013/2014. The first meeting will be held in August 31st (Mullewa Gift) and the season continues throughout the summer, with meetings once a month or once a fortnight. The Peel Health Campus Peel Gift will be held in early January every year � with this event being the biggest WA event offering upto $20 000 prizemoney.

WHAT DISTANCES ARE RUN DURING A WEST COAST ATHLETICS LEAGUE COMPETITION?
Each meeting comprises a selection of Sprint races (70m, 100m, 120m, 200m, 300m and 400m) and Middle Distance races (550m, 800m, 1000m, 1600m and 3200m).

WHAT CATEGORIES OF RACES ARE AVAILABLE?
Open events allow anyone to compete regardless of age or gender. At most meetings there are also separate events for Women, Over 35 Athletes, Over 45 Athletes, Under 14 Athletes, Under 17 Athletes, Under 20 Athletes and Novices (those runners who have not won a race over a distance category).

WHO CAN I TRAIN WITH?
The West Coast Athletics League (Inc.) has many registered and experienced coaches who are willing to help athletes improve their technique, fitness and speed. Just click on the ‘coaches contact’ page of the coaches for advice regarding finding a coach and squad in your area. Click – COACHES CONTACT

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF COMPETING?
The winner of each event receives a trophy and prizemoney is presented to the winner and placegetters. Well known racecallers Mark Blatchford and Alex Malcolm provide runners and spectators with a commentary of each race. You also get to meet and mix with other successful athletes and coaches, whilst also competing in front of many spectators. At selected events, bookmakers are involved, which allows the crowd to become directly involved in the action.

WHAT AGE DO I HAVE TO BE TO COMPETE?
For most events you need to be 14 years old or older to enter, however if you are 12 years or older you can compete in our junior races (Under 14, Under 17 and Under 20).

WHAT DOES IT COST TO COMPETE?
A registration fee is payable at the beginning of each season. You are also required to pay an entry fee for each race you want to compete in (this must be paid at least a month before the competition date).

CAN I COMPETE INTERSTATE?
Yes. The West Coast Athletics League (Inc.) participates in the National Registration System, which permits athletes who compete with the West Coast Athletic League to run at other meetings around Australia without being required to pay an additional registration fee. This includes the famous Gifts at Stawell (Victoria), Bay Sheffield (South Australia), Queenbean (NSW), Stonnington (VIC), Maryborough (Victoria) and Burnie (Tasmania). Similarly, athletes that are registered with other Leagues around the country can enter West Coast Athletic League events.

WHY SHOULD I RUN WITH THE WEST COAST ATHLETICS LEAGUE?
Athletes compete with the West Coast Athletics League for many reasons. Top class runners find it challenging, as they have to chase the frontmarkers, whilst others use the athletics to supplement their other sporting pursuits or incomes. For example, many current footballers and umpires keep fit during the summer months by competing with the West Coast Athletics League. Whatever the reason, the West Coast Athletics League provides everyone who competes with the opportunity to improve his or her level of fitness and win cash!

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE?

If you have any further enquiries just send an email to the WCAL via the contact us page: CONTACT WCAL

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