Information for Parents
Competitions and Age Groups
The club adheres to the UKA rules on competition years and age groups.
The Competition Year for Cross Country and Road Running Events shall be from 1st September each year to the following 31st August. The Competition Year for Fell, Hill and Mountain Events shall be from 1 January to 31 December each year.
The Competition Year for all other disciplines shall be from 1st October each year to the following 30th September.
The operative date for determining membership of age groups for all athletes under the age of 17 shall be for Track and Field and Race Walking, the 31st August at the end of the Competition Year, and for all other disciplines, the 31st August prior to the commencement of the Competition Year.
- Under 13 Boys and Girls (School Years 6 and 7) – Track and Field competition for Under 13s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 11 or 12 on the 31st August within the Competition Year, as defined above.
- Under 15 Boys and Girls (School Years 8 and 9) – Track and Field events for Under 15s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 13 or 14 on 31st August within the Competition Year, as defined above.
- Under 17 Men and Women (School Years 10 and 11) – Track and Field events for Under 17s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 15 or 16 on 31st August within the Competition Year, as defined above.
- Under 20 Years Men and Women – Track and Field events for Under 20s shall be confined to competitors who are 17 or over on 31st August within the Competition Year, as defined above, but Under 20 on 31st December in the calendar year of competition.
- Seniors – A Senior is a competitor who is at least 20 years of age on 31st December in the calendar year of competition.
- Masters – Events for Masters shall be confined to athletes who are at least 35 years of age on the day of competition.
Competitions for the Different Junior Age Groups
The under 11 group is all about the children having fun, developing their skills and improving their fitness which will help to increase their confidence. The best way to improve a child’s confidence is for them to compete in the various events that are held throughout the year. These events are also a good way for the children to meet new people and develop a good team spirit. Here are the main events that provide competition experience throughout the year:
- Cheshire League (Track and Field) – 4 fixtures which are held April – September
- Red Rose League (Cross Country) – 4 races which are held October – December
- Sports Hall Athletics – various competitions which are held November – March
There are other competitions available which include open events and the Greater Manchester championships. All events require the athlete to wear the club vest. Speak to your coach for more details.
Cheshire League is for children age 9 and over and covers all age groups up to and including seniors. There are sprints, distance races, jumps and throwing events together with relays. The dates are on the fixture list. Please speak to any of the under 11 coaches for more information or the team manager Louise Dent.
Red Rose League is cross country for children age 8 and over, helping to increase a child’s stamina.
Sports Hall League is for children age 9 and above and keeps the children fit and works on their endurance during the winter months.
Mini-League Competition Bury hold a Mini League competitions in June, July and August usually held the second Wednesday of the month. It is suitable for children 8 years of age and over to take part in a competition in a fun environment.
Greater Manchester Track and Field Championships – Usually held in May and offering one sprint, one distance, one jump and one throw event to under 11 athletes. All registered club athletes are eligible to enter.
Track and Field competition for Under 11’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 9 or 10 on the 31st August within the competition Year. Cross Country competitions for Under 11’s shall be confined to competitors who are aged 8, 9 or 10 on 31st August prior to the commencement of the competition Year. The Competition Year for Road Running Events shall be from 1st September each year to the following 31st August. The Competition Year for all other disciplines shall be from 1st October each year to the following 30th September.
Under 13s can compete in the same competitions detailed above for the under 11s. They may also be selected to represent Bury in the:
Youth Development League (Lower) track and field competition. There are 4 fixtures in the year starting in April and ending in July. Unlike the Cheshire League, which is open to all athletes, the YDL is on the basis of selection by the team manager is consultation with the coaches.
North of England Track and Field Championships – all under 13s are eligible to compete in the regional championships, usually held in August.
North of England Cross Country Championships – all under 13s are also eligible to compete in this race, usually held in January.
The fixture list for competitions for under 13s can be found in the clubhouse.
The under 15s compete in the same competitions as the under 13s, other than the Bury AC Mini-League – which is confined to younger athletes.
The under 17s can compete in many of the same competitions as the under 15s. However, Sportshall athletics is not available to this age group and they are also eligible for selection for:
Youth Development League (Upper) – As with the lower competition, the YDL upper has 4 fixtures starting in April and ending in July.
North of England Track and Field League – under 17s are also eligible to be selected for the senior team for this league competition. There are 4 fixtures in the track and field season running from May to August. The team manager is Byron Edwards.
Club athletes may be selected to represent their school, Bury or Greater Manchester at cross country and track and field competitions. These are separate from the club competitions and whilst Bury AC assist in the staging of some events, the selectors are based in the school system.
Can You Help?
We are always on the lookout for helpers, especially at the events we organise and compete in. If you can help with officiating at Track and Field events but feel you lack the experience please contact Helen Vaughan the club secretary who can arrange attendance at an England Athletics officials course for field officials, track judges and timekeepers. Due to the increase in demand of children wanting to join our athletic club we have had to start a waiting list. The club really do not like having to do this and to help the club clear and remove the waiting list. We need your help as volunteers this can be eyes and ears watching for behaviour or do you fancy becoming a athletic coach? If you can offer any assistance, especially with the younger groups, on training nights please see John Conroy, our coach development manager, at the track.
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR PARENTS
The UKA Code of Conduct for, which has been adopted by Bury AC, contains codes for different categories of club members and parents carers. It can be accessed through the Welfare and Safeguarding page on this website.