Since 1978, SACPSSA has conducted
annual athletics carnivals which are available to all
member schools, both metropolitan and country.
From the early years where only a small number of section carnivals were held, the SACPSSA Athletics Carnival programme now stretches out to nine sections. In recent years up to 85 schools join in with the SACPSSA Athletics Carnivals across five days, all held at the home of athletics in South Australia, Athletics SA Stadium in Mile End. In 2019, six sections (Sections 1 – 6) will cater for those schools who have transitioned to an R-6 enrolment, while three sections (Sections A, B and C) will cater for those schools who have maintained an R-7 enrolment.
Having traditionally been staged in Term 4 for many years, the SACPSSA Athletics Carnivals are now held in Term 2.
|Section 1||Section 2||Section 3||Section 4||Section 5||Section 6||Section A||Section B||Section C|
|Nazareth||Mt Barker||St Paul’s (B)||Hindmarsh||Col Light Gardens||Brompton||Hectorville||Payneham||Jamestown|
|Henley Beach||Whitefriars||St Mary’s (G)||Enfield||Christies Beach||Elizabeth Grove||Murray Bridge||Nativity||Norwood|
|Loreto(G)||Parafield Gardens||Evanston||Mansfield Park||Salisbury||Edwardstown||Parkside||Galilee||Gladstone|
|Lockleys||Windsor Gardens||Morphett Vale||Woodcroft||Sheidow Park||Warradale||Clare||Greenwith||Loxton|
|Mercedes||St Dominic’s (G)||Brooklyn Park||Stella Maris||Croydon||Kilburn||Millicent||Renmark||Barmera|
|St Michael’s(B)||Blackfriars (B)||Plympton||Kingswood||Richmond||Glengowrie||Caritas||Tranmere||Peterborough|
|Rostrevor (B)||St Columba||Seaford||Stirling||Ottoway||St Bernadette’s||Newton||Craigmore||Yorketown|
|SAC (G)||Tea Tree Gully||Greenacres||Walkerville||Brighton||Albert Park||Wallaroo|
|Wynn Vale||Elizabeth Park||Semaphore||Glenelg||Pennington||–|
Please see Calendar for Section dates and start times.
|Year||B/G||Section1||Section 2||Section 3||Section4||Section 5||Section 6||Section 7||Section 8||Section 9|
|1982||St. Ignatius||T.T. Gully||St. Paul’s||Newton||Walkerville||Enfield|
|1985||Blackfriars||St.Paul’s/ H’vlle||Mercedes||Kingswood||Lockleys||Christies Bch||Mt. Barker|
|Girls||T.T. Gully||Henley Bch||St. Dominic’s||Stella Maris/MM||Lockleys||Glengow/ Caritas||Mt. Barker|
|1986||Boys||St. Michael’s||Brighton/SHC||Windsor Gdns||Parafield Gdns||Christies Beach||Mt.Barker||W’dale/ Woomera|
|Girls||T.T. Gully||Mercedes||St. Dominic’s||Seaton||Christies Beach||Mt.Barker||W’dale/ Woomera|
|1987||Boys||St. Michael’s||Newton/ Antonio||Windsor Gdns||Nativity||Mt. Barker||Mt.Carmel||Prospect|
|Girls||T.T. Gully||Newton||Stella Maris/MM||Christies Beach||Mt. Barker||Mt Carmel||Prospect|
|1988||Boys||St. Michael’s||Brighton/SHC||Nativity||Lockleys||Col. Light Gdns||Wynn Vale||Flinders Park||Eliz Grove|
|Girls||T.T. Gully||Mercedes||Stella Maris/MM||Seaton||Stirliing||Prospect||Flinders Park||Eliz Grove|
|1989||Boys||St. Michael’s||Mercedes||Parafield Gds||Christies Beach||Wynn Vale||Eliz Grove||Millicent||Ottoway|
|Girls||St. David’s||Nativity||Lockleys||Findon||Wynn Vale||Eliz Grove||Millicent||Ottoway|
|1990||Boys||St. Michael’s||Antonio||Holy Family||Mt. Barker||St. Andrew’s||Albert Park||Kingswood||Eliz Park|
|Girls||St. David’s||Mercedes||Holy Family||Wynn Vale||Eliz Grove||Millicent||Kingswood||Eliz Park|
|1991||Boys||St. Michael’s||Aberfoyle Pk||Christies Bch||Brooklyn Park||St. Andrew’s||Eliz Park||Ottoway||Kilburn|
|Girls||Loreto||Mercedes||Wynn Vale||Eliz Grove||Millicent||Prospect||Ottoway||Kilburn|
|1992||Boys||St. Michael’s||Mercedes||St. Mary Magdalene||St. Andrew’s||St. Thomas Moore||Croydon||St. Mary’s||St. Jos. Ren|
|Girls||Loreto||Wynn Vale||St. Anthony’s/ Cabra||Findon||Prospect||Ottoway||St. John’s||St. Jos. Hind|
|1993||Boys||St. Michael’s||Brighton||Christies Bch||Eliz Park||Kingswood||Glenelg||Renmark||Berri|
|Girls||Loreto||Lockleys||St. Anthony’s/ Cabra||Semaphore||Prospect||Glenelg||Renmark||Norwood|
|1994||Boys||St. Michael’s||Seacombe/ SHC||Walkerville||Taperoo||Glenelg||Renmark||Plympton||Woodville|
|Girls||Loreto||Wynn Vale||Walkerville||Findon||Glenelg||Greenacres||Murray Bridge||Walkerville|
|1995||Boys||Rostrevor||St. Andrew’s||St. Anthony’s/ Cabra||Glenelg||Prospect||Greenacres||Plympton||Norwood|
|Girls||Mercedes||Marymount||St. Anthony’s/ Cabra||Glenelg||Prospect||Greenacres||Mansfield Park||Norwood|
|1996||Boys||St. Michael’s||Seacombe||St. David’s||Seaford||Greenacres||Rosewater||Plympton||Parkside|
|Girls||Mercedes||Marymount||St. David’s||Prospect||Greenacres/ Renmark||Mt.Barker||Lockleys||Parkside|
|1997||Boys||Rostrevor||Blackfriars||Taperoo||Evanston||Windsor Gdns||Plympton||Norwood||Woodcroft||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||Mercedes||St. David’s||St. Mark’s||Seaford||Mt. Barker||Plympton||Mansfield Park||Woodcroft||Seacombe Gdns|
|1998||Boys||Sacred Heart||Wynn Vale||Hectorville||Evanston||Windsor Gdns||Plympton||Norwood||Craigmore||Ed’stown|
|Girls||Mercedes||Wynn Vale||Taperoo||Findon||Windsor Gdns||Plympton||Norwood||Woodville Pk||Ed’stown|
|1999||Boys||St. Michael’s||Blackfriars||Evanston||Eliz Park||Plympton||Port Augusta||Woodcroft||Murray Bridge||Brighton|
|Girls||St. Andrew’s||St. David’s||Morphett Vale||Findon||Henley Beach||Norwood||Woodville Park||Hindmarsh||Sheidow Pk|
|2000||Boys||St. Michael’s||Taperoo||Evanston||Greenacres||Henley Beach||Woodcroft||Albert Park||Richmond||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||St. Andrew’s||Taperoo||Morphett Vale||Findon||Semaphore||Woodville Park||Tranmere||Parkside||Seacombe Gdns|
|2001||Boys||St. Michael’s||C.B.C.||Port Pirie||Aberfoyle Park||Port Augusta||Rosewater||Albert Park||Berri||St. Mary’s|
|Girls||St. Andrew’s||Lockleys||Port Pirie||Henley Bch||Semaphore||Woodcroft||Parkside||Walkerville||Sheidow Pk|
|2002||Boys||St. Michael’s||Blackfriars||Elizabeth Park||Aberfoyle Park||Payneham||Albert Park||Seaton||Ottoway||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||Marymount||Port Pirie||Henley Beach||Prospect||Brooklyn Park||Albert Park||Berri||Walkerville||Ed’stown|
|2003||Boys||St.Michael’s||Henley Beach||Seaford||Mt.Barker||Albert Park||Tranmere||Col Light Gardens||Ottoway||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||Wynn Vale||Henley Beach||Prospect||Findon||Mansfield Park||Berri||Parkside||Walkerville||Ed’stown|
|2004||Boys||St Michael’s||C.B.C.||Mt Barker||Newton||Woodville Park||Kilburn||Col Light Gardens||Hindmarsh||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||Loreto||Cabra||Prospect||Albert Park||Berri||Parkside||Murray Bridge||Walkerville||Glengowrie|
|2005||Boys||St. Michael’s||C.B.C.||Taperoo||Brooklyn Park||Parafield Gdns||Murray Bridge||Hindmarsh||Croydon||Sheidow Pk|
|Girls||Mercedes||St. Ignatius||Taperoo||Findon||Parafield Gdns||Murray Bridge||Renmark||Croydon||Sheidow Pk|
|2006||Boys||St Michael’s||Mt Barker||St Columba||Greenacres||Murray Bridge||Colonel Light Gardens||Croydon||Enfield||Glenelg|
|Girls||Mercedes||Henley Beach||Morphett Vale||Findon||Murray Bridge||Clare||Renmark||Seaton||Glenelg|
|2007||Boys||Rostrevor||Mt Barker||St Columba||Nazareth||Payneham||Colonel Light Gardens||Enfield||Goodwood||Glengowrie|
|Girls||Mercedes||Mt Barker||Lockleys||Nazareth||Windsor Gardens||Stirling||Walkerville||Goodwood||Sheidow Pk|
|2008||Boys||Rostrevor||St Andrews||Woodville Park||Brooklyn Park||Windsor Gardens||Colonel Light Gardens||Hindmarsh||Jamestown||Glenelg|
|2009||Boys||St Michael’s||Blackfriars||Parafield Gardens||Windsor Gardens||Colonel Light Gdns||Kilburn||Greenwith||Loxton||Glenelg|
|Girls||Marymount||Henley Beach||Semaphore||Windsor Gardens||Clare||Woodcroft||Millicent||Ottoway||Glenelg|
|2010||Boys||Wynn Vale||St Andrews||Parafield Gardens||Plympton||Woodcroft||Hindmarsh||Craigmore||Loxton||Ed’stown|
|Girls||Loreto||St Andrews||Windsor Gardens||Brooklyn Park||Woodcroft||Millicent||Goodwood||Tranmere||Ed’stown|
|2011||Boys||Wynn Vale||Blackfriars||Brooklyn Park||Plympton||Payneham||Parkside||Greenwith||Loxton||Ed’stown|
|Girls||Loreto||Windsor Gdns||Brooklyn Park||Murray Bridge||Clare||Stirling||Renmark||Tranmere||Glenelg|
|2012||Boys||Rostrevor||Brooklyn Park||Morphett Vale||Parkside||Payneham||Greenwith||Loxton||Richmond||Glengowrie|
|Girls||Wynn Vale||Windsor Gdns||Lockleys||Clare||Millicent||Walkerville||Jamestown||Mansfield||Ed’stown|
|2014||Boys||Rostrevor||Cabra||St Columba||Seaford||Hectorville||Caritas||Mansfield Pk||Galilee||Brighton|
|Girls||Wynn Vale||Lockleys||Nazareth||Clare||Hectorville||Caritas||Jamestown||Galilee||Seacombe Gdns|
|2015||Boys||Rostrevor||Nazareth||Blackfriars||Hectorville||Caritas College||Hindmarsh||Mansfield Park||Albert Park||Seacombe Gdns|
|Girls||Mercedes||Lockleys||Tea Tree Gully||Clare||Caritas College||Norwood||Mansfield Park||Albert Park||Seacombe Gdns|
|2016||Boys||Rostrevor||CBC||Hectorville||Caritas College||Evanston||Pennington||Galilee||Croydon||Sheidow Park|
|Girls||Mercedes||Henley Beach||Murray Bridge||Seaford||Plympton||Walkerville||Galilee||Brompton||Glenelg|
|2017||Boys||St Michael’s||Hectorville||Elizabeth Park||St Columba||Plympton||Greenwith||Salisbury||Carnival cancelled||Carnival cancelled|
|Girls||Mercedes||Hectorville||St Dominics||Clare||Enfield||Stirling||Kingswood||Carnival cancelled||Carnival cancelled|
The Section 1 Pentathlon for Open Boys and Girls
Each school is entitled to enter one boy and one girl (unless your school is single gender) of any age into the Open Pentathlon. The five events that will comprise the Open Pentathlon, in the order that they will be run on the day:
Long Jump (in conjunction with the Year 6 Long Jump at 9.30am)
Shot Put (in conjunction with the Year 3 Shot Put starting at 1.00pm)
The track events will be placed at the end of the normal scheduled track events for Hurdles, 800m and 100m.
Section 1 schools are not obligated to submit an athlete into the Open Pentathlon, although it is possible for a winning pentathlete to score a maximum of 50 points (maximum of 10 points per event) for his or her school on the day. As it now stands, an outstanding Section 1 age group champion can only score a maximum of 32 points for his or her school. Every pentathlon competitor in each event receives points according to the following scale from 1st to 8th (or 9th as could be the case): 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 (if nine competitors). The first four placegetters in all Open Pentathlon events would receive ribbons as normal. All points scored by pentathletes are included in that school’s overall score for the day.
Athletes competing in the Open Pentathlon can be of any age, but are not eligible to compete in any other individual events although they may compete in their own age group’s 4 X 100m relay.
The system of boys and girls age champion awards for Year 3 – Year 6 continues unchanged. The Pentathlon points remain completely separate from the age champion scores but do count on the school’s overall score.
If an Open pentathlete achieves a record in any event, the record will be recorded under his or her year level. There will not be separate Open Pentathlon records kept. It is therefore conceivable that a pentathlete could achieve a record in his or her age group for an event, but not win the event in the Open Pentathlon.
Promoting the philosophy of good sportsmanship, fostering companionship between competitors and promoting a healthy active lifestyle.
Athletics Officials Duties
Start all track events
For all races except 800m & 1500m the call is to be: “Take your mark, Set.”
After calling “Take your mark” ensure that all competitors are settled before calling “Set”. Then fire the gun. As a guide, you should count “1,2,3” making sure that all competitors are still, before firing the gun.
If any “breaks” occur fire the gun a second time. Having done this, move competitors well back from the line and commence the starting procedure again. Two breaks are allowed in any one event. Any break on the 3rd attempt means instant disqualification.
In 800m and 1500m events the call for the start will be: “Take your mark”…. Gun is then fired.
Line competitors up in correct lanes well back from the starting line. Lanes are listed in the programme.
As the starter is ready for each group send the runners forward to stand a metre or so back from the starting line.
Time competitors in TRACK events – 1st and 2nd places only.
Watches on 1st place – average out times.
Start watch on SMOKE from gun, not the sound.
Record times on “Time Sheet” THEN, signal to starter when ready for the next event by turning the ‘lollipop’ to face white to the starter.
Once the race has started turn the ‘lollipop’ to face red to the starter.
Pick places and give ribbons to 1st 4 placegetters.
Inform 5th placegetter of position in case of later disqualifications.
Be aware that separate placings will be required in distance events where 2 divisions are being run together – One division will be wearing coloured bibs. In this case select separate places in each division (1st,2nd,3rd,4th with bibs…1st,2nd,3rd, 4th without bibs).
Make sure runners are in their correct lane (Lane draw given in programme).
Raise WHITE flag when all is ready on your changeover.
During the changeover, check that it has taken place within the given zone.
After the changeover, raise WHITE flag if all is clear… Raise RED flag if there is any disqualification. A dropped baton is to be recovered by the person PASSING it not the RECEIVER.
Line placegetters up in order 1st – 4th.
Ensure that ribbons have been received.• During the changeover, check that it has taken place within the given zone.
Older child or adult to escort group to track recorders and wait with the group until the recording is completed. (These are included in the 6 officials required for scoring/recording).
(Long and High jumps and Shot Put)
After completion of an event all successful competitors will be given their places and ribbons by the officials, who must leave the result sheet in the event folder until collected by a SACPSSA official.
Where 2 divisions compete together, each division/section is to be scored and resulted as a separate event.
Judges will be given folders of result sheets, ribbons instructions/rules.
Operate from Recorders tent on the main arena.
Record names of placegetters (4) on “Result Slips”.
Record times for each event, from time sheets on results slip.
Send sheets via runner to Recording Room in the grandstand.
Operate from Recording Room in the grandstand.
Record results with Computer Person.
Welcomes everyone and introduces the competing schools.
Calls event numbers and events for marshalling.
Can give results of events as they are taken to the recorders. In this case it is best to announce from the result slips and then hand them over to the recorders.
Gives progressive results as supplied by the scorers.
Announcement of lane draws if required, especially in relays.
Items of interest for spectators and encouragement for competitors.
Schools to compete in SECTIONS as determined under Paragraph 15.
Teams are requested to be at the stadium 30 minutes before the commencement of the first event. Children should be supervised at all times. Competitors and officials only to be allowed inside the fence.
Competitors must compete in their own age group (year level) and in one division of each event only.
Name Tags to show Christian and Surname, School (Suburb).
Age Groups Sec 1 – 6 Year 3 – Year 6 , Open = Any age.
Sec A – C Year 4- Year 7
Nomination: No competitor to take part in more than 4 events PLUS one relay.
Lanes: Schools will be allocated lanes as per the programme.
1500m: Should warm weather prevail, the Coordinators may at their discretion and with the safety of the athletes in mind, reschedule the 1500m races to the first events of that carnival. This will result in the track schedule being slightly altered for the remainder of that day
Medals will be presented to:
Open Boys and Girls Champion Pentathlete in Sec 1
Individual Age Champion Boys and Girls in Secs 1 – 6 Year 3 – Year 6 Secs A – C Year 4 – Year 7
Bannerettes to School Age Champions – Secs 1 – 6 Year 3 – Year 6 Boys and Girls Secs A – C Year 4 – Year 7 Boys and Girl
Perpetual Shields and Permanent Pennants to schools gaining highest points in Boys and Girls divisions.
Percentage Pennant to the school with the highest percentage of points per enrolment number.
Each coach may nominate up to 3 boys and up to 3 girls per age group to be eligible for the Individual Age Group trophies.
These nominations must be received by the Section Organiser seven (7) days before the carnival.
Alteration to nominations will be received up to 20 minutes prior to the programmed starting time. Winners will be determined on a countback system if necessary.
Method of starting will be: “Take your marks – set” – Gun fired. To recall a false start – Gun is fired again.
First four (4) placegetters in track events will receive a place ribbon which must be taken to the Track Recorders table to record results. Placegetters in FIELD events are not required to report to the table as their results are recorded at the event.
|Scoring||Div 1 (Section 1)
Runner 1 (Sec 2-6, A-C)
|Div 2 & 3 (Section 1)
Runners 2 & 3 (Sec 2-6, A-C)
Open Pentathlon: Every competitor in each event receives points according to their finish position, from 10 for 1st, 8 for 2nd, 7 for 3rd, 6 for 4th, 5 for 5th, 4 for 6th, 3 for 7th, 2 for 8th, 1 for 9th.
Competitors must take particular note of the call for their event and move quickly to the marshalling point. Coaches are asked not to send competitors out until they have been called.
On the call for a field event, competitors must report immediately to the officials for that event. Where a competitor is involved in both track and field events at approximately the same time, they should report in at the field event first and then move away to their track event, returning to complete their field event as soon as possible. In High Jump, competitors returning to an event will resume at the advanced height of the bar. N.B. In Section 1 field events will run as Div. 1 and Div. 2 i.e. separate events
3 jumps in rotation. Standard take-off mat. Measurement from pit edge of mat to last point of contact, nearest to take-off board. Results determined on best of three attempts.
3 jumps in rotation for each height. Final measurement from top of the bar at the centre to the ground. Countback system applies i.e. greatest height with least number of jumps.
3 attempts in rotation. Results determined on best of three attempts.
Promotion and relegation system will operate between all SECTIONS on the basis of school aggregate points total for the previous year. The school with the LOWEST point tally and the HIGHEST point tally in each SECTION may be moved at the co-ordinator’s discretion.
New Schools entering for the first time will be placed at the discretion of the Co-ordinator.
Dist. Approach Between Finish No. Height
Overall distance is 60m, including 6 flights (hurdles). Each hurdle is 60 cm high. Approach to the 1st flight is 12m. Distance between flights is 7m. Distance from the last flight to the Finish Line is 13m
SHOT PUT Circle 2.135m diameter
Weight 2kg for all year levels
HIGH JUMP Starting Height Year 3 – 95cm Year 4 – 1m Year 5 – 1.05m
Year 6 – 1.05m Year 7 – 1.10m
Shifts 5cm rises until 4 competitors remain – 2cm rises from there on.
SPIKES may be used in all events EXCEPT 800m, 1500m and Shot Put and must be removed before entering the Grand Stand.
Starting Blocks may be used provided there is no interference to the timing and/or organisation of the carnival. The Athletics Co-ordinator retains the right to discontinue the practice on the day in question
Teams to consist of four (4) runners in the correct year level. Baton changes must be made within the changeover zone (20m). Runners, other than the first may commence running not more than 10 metres outside the changeover zone. Competitors, after handing over the baton, must remain in their lanes until the course is clear.
No Mixed Relays. If, however, a school is unable to field complete relay teams in an age group, they may enter a Mixed team in the BOYS relay in that age group.