Rules and Regulations: ParaGames Athletics (Open)

Last updated: January 15, 2024

Downloadable PDF of Rules and Impairment Groupings overview below:

LYG24 PG Athletics Rules

PG Athletics Impairment Groupings Guide 2024

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Full Rules & Regulations

 PGAT 1 The London Youth Games ParaGames Athletics will be run in accordance with UK Athletics rules.

PGAT 1.1 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by UK Athletics, these rules will supersede those.

PGAT 1.2 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

PGAT 2 Age Category and Eligibility

PGAT 2.1 The following age groups and respective maximum and minimum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games ParaGames Athletics Competition;

Impairment Category Age Category Oldest DOB Youngest DOB
G1,2,3 & 5 11-17 years

(School Years 7-11)

            01/09/2005 31/08/12
G4 11-15 years

(School Years 7,8,9)

01/09/2003 31/08/12

 

PGAT 2.2 Athletes must compete in the correct below impairment category, as per link below:

PG Athletics Impairment Groupings Guide 2024.pdf (sharepoint.com) 

 

Summary of Groups as below:

 

GROUP IMPAIRMENT EA Classification
G1A. Wheelchair user-power chair 31
G1B. Wheelchair user-manual. Can propel their chair with difficulty. 32-34 or 51-53
G1C. Wheelchair user-manual. Can propel their chair with ease. 32-34 or 51-54
G2A. Ambulant-can run with difficulty 35-38 or 42-46
G2B. Ambulant-can run with minimal difficulty

 

35-38 or 42-46
G3A. Sensory-Hearing Impairment NA
G3B. Sensory-Visual Impairment 11-13 & British Blind Sport: B1,2,3
G4. Mild Learning Disability 20
G5. Severe Learning Disability 20

 

 

PGAT 2.3 It is the responsibility of team managers/local authority staff to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that all athletes are eligible to compete for their borough under the London Youth Games Games Rules, and in accordance with the age groups and impairment groups outlined for the competition.

PGAT 2.3.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, they will be disqualified from the competition entirely, and the borough will receive a points penalty as per the Games Rules.

PGAT 3 Squad Size Boroughs are permitted to enter a squad of a minimum of 1 competitor and a maximum of 50 competitors per gender.

PGAT 3.1 Boroughs are permitted to bring 48 competitors per gender from their squad on the day of the event.

PGAT 3.2 Boroughs must select one competitor per event, per category on the day e.g. only one individual can compete in 100m.

PGAT 4 Kit & Equipment All equipment will be provided.

 

PGAT 5 Competition Format Track and field events

PGAT 5.1 Field events – best performance.

PGAT 5.2 Track events – heat declared winner (athlete recording the fastest time across all heats). No finals.

PGAT 5.3 Events may be combined if numbers in a category are low. Medals and points will always remain separate.

PGAT 6 Competition Rules

PGAT 6.1 Each athlete can compete in a maximum of 2 individual events ( these can consist of track and/or field events) and one non-scoring relay event.

See events per Impairment Group below:

IMPAIRMENT GROUP TRACK EVENTS FIELD EVENTS
G1A. Wheelchair user      

 

              

100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Distance Club

Height beanbag

 

G1B. Wheelchair user 100m

200m

4 x 100m relay

Distance Club

Height beanbag

G1C. Wheelchair user 100m

200m

4 x 100m relay

Javelin

Shot (3.25kg)

G2A, G2B.  Ambulant 100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Standing long jump

Vortex Howler

Shot (3.25kg)

G3A. Sensory-Hearing Impairment 100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Long jump

Javelin

Shot (3.25kg)

 

G3B. Sensory-Visual Impairment 100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Standing long jump

Vortex Howler

Shot (3.25kg)

 

G4. Severe Learning Disability 100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Long jump

Javelin

Shot (3.25kg)

G5. Mild Learning Disability 100m

200m

400m

4 x 100m relay

Standing long jump

Vortex Howler

Shot (3.25kg)

 

PGAT 6.2 Relays will be non-scoring however, medals will be awarded.

PGAT 6.3 Relays will be mixed impairment groups: 1 relay per athlete.

  1. Girls mixed impairment
G1-5
  1. Boys mixed impairment
G1-5
  1. Mixed Gender & mixed impairment groups
G1-5. Teams to consist of 2 girls and 2 boys. You must have a minimum of 1 athlete with a physical impairment (G1-2).

 

               PGAT 6.4 Track events take priority over field events.

PGAT 6.5 Participants must compete independently. It is, however, recognised that some athletes may need assistance in getting to the event, picking up equipment etc.

PGAT 7 Early and late arrivals

               PGAT 7.1 If arriving late please call LYG.

PGAT 7.1.1 Track events: if a race has been run, or is lined up on the track, a borough arriving late cannot be involved in this event.

PGAT 7.1.2 Field events: any athletes running late will enter the event at the current round.

               PGAT 7.2 If leaving early please inform LYG, no points will be awarded for missed events.

PGAT 8 Overall Scoring Positions determined by total points scored over the best 10 events.

PGAT 8.1 Points awarded for each event as follows: 1st = 10pts, 2nd = 8 pts, 3rd = 7 pts, 4th = 6 pts, 5th = 5 pts, 6th = 4 pts, 7th = 3 pts, 8th = 2 pts, all entries = 1 pt. FINALISE

PGAT 8.1.1 Maximum 2 events per impairment group are added together for the overall score

PGAT 8.3 In the event of equal points scored positions will be decided by the number of higher placings achieved.

PGAT 8.4 Incomplete competition: if the competition is cancelled or suspended, the following steps will be used to calculate a final result:

  • Results from all completed events are combined and used to identify the overall
  • Minimum requirements: to determine a completed event all heats must be completed. If there are fewer completed events than the required best 10, then all events should be counted (maximum 2 events per impairment group).

PGAT 9 Medals & Trophies Medals and trophies will be awarded as follows:

PGAT 9.1 Overall Borough team medals will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed teams per gender.

PGAT 9.2 Medals awarded for individual track and field events per impairment group and relays.

PGAT 9.3 Borough trophy is awarded for the overall winner, per gender.