LEEWARD ISLANDS ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION TO BE ESTABLISHED
A Leeward Islands Athletics Association (LIAA) will be established at the first Leeward Islands Track and Field Championships meeting scheduled for May 2002. The various Athletic Associations of the Leeward Islands met on January 30th, in St. Kitts, to discuss the establishment of LIAA, and to organise the 2002 Leeward Islands Track and Field Championship series.
Senior representatives of the various Athletic Associations attended, namely; Everton Cornelius from Antigua, Rawlins Richardson from Anguilla, Lester Blackett and Wakely Daniel from Nevis, Wallace Williams from the U.S.V.I., Ephraim Penn from the British Virgin Islands, Les Brown from Saint Martin, Raphael Jenkins and Stewart Joseph from the hosts, St. Kitts.
Issues addressed included:
Mr. Lester Blackett, President of the Nevis Amateur Athletic Association, chaired the meeting and was re-elected as Chairman of the Leeward Islands Athletics Steering Committee (LIASE). Other members of the Steering committee selected were follows:
The Interim Committee, and subsequently the new Athletic Association would be responsible for the coordination and continuity of the Leewards series, and all matters directly relating to the Leeward Islands grouping and its activities. Delegates committed their Associations to providing whatever support was required to ensure the successful hosting of the Leewards Championship series.
The Leeward Islands Championship series comprise three (3) meets held in different countries under different age groupings. The age categories are as follows: Youth Championships - Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15; Junior Championships - Under 17 and Under 20; Senior Championships - Open.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
(1) (a) For age group meets (Youth & Juniors) ages are calculated as of the 31st December in the year of competition.
(b) Ages should be verified prior to the start of the competition.
(2) (a) For 2002, confirmation of hosting by 18th February, and information concerning date(s) should be communicated to participating countries by the end of February. Fact sheet information should be communicated not less than two (2) months before the date of competition.
(b) Team sizes and participation should be indicated to the host country at least one (1) month before the competition. Confirmation of team sizes with names at least two (2) weeks, and event registration by names at least one (1) week, before the meet.
(3) The senior championship shall be conducted in two (2) categories ‑ Male and Female ‑ with separate scoring and an overall Champion team.
(4) The minimum number of participants allowed for any Championship Track or Field event is three (3) athletes.
(5) Athletes are allowed to compete in a higher (older age) class during a competition, provided that this information is declared at the Technical Meeting, and the athlete remains in that declared class for the duration of the meet.
(6) The host country will not assume the responsibility for additional persons to championships beyond the established limits.
(7) The order of events should be standardized for all meets. If facility layout does not allow the standardized format, the proposed format should be circulated at least two (2) months before the date of the competition. (Tentative schedules to follow).
(8) The host country will seek a waiver on departure taxes for participating teams.
(9) STARTING HEIGHTS FOR HIGH JUMP (to be included)
(10) EQUIPMENT FOR THROWING EVENTS (to be included)
(11) Each country is allowed two entries per event.
(12) The crouch start is compulsory in all sprints (100m, 200m, 400m, 4 x 100m and 4x400m (start). Starting blocks should be provided by the host country.
(13) An Automatic timing system is mandatory for all track events. Antigua and BVI currently have timing systems and arrangements (transportation/accommodation) should be made with either of these Associations. NOTE: Backup manual systems must also be utilised.
(14) A deposit of US $50.00 or the EC$ equivalent, should be charged on all protests written to the Jury of Appeal.
(B) SUMMARY OF CRITERIA FOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (to be included)
(C) LISTING OF EVENTS BY CATEGORIES/AGE GROUPS (to be included)
(1) Qualified competition officials could be invited from each participating country by the host. Fifty percent (50%) of their passages should be paid by their country of origin.
(2) All three (3) meets should be placed on the O.E.C.S. and N.A.C.A.C. yearly calendars and funding/co‑sponsorship sought from these governing bodies by the Leeward Islands Athletics Steering Committee.
(3) It was agreed that a Leeward Islands Athletics Association (LIAA), will be formed during the first Leeward Islands Track & Field Championship meet. The constitution must therefore be fully vetted, in advance of the meet.
(E) 2002 HOST COUNTRIES AND ALTERNATES (to be included)
It is hoped that this document will continue to provide clear guidelines for the Leeward Islands Track & Field Championships. Its contents will be reviewed annually and improved upon where necessary.
ORIGINALLY PREPARED BY: LENFORD G. LEVY: SPORTS OFFICER BVI GOVERNMENT - 30TH JUNE 1996
REVISED BY: STEERING COMMITTEE & THE LEEWARD ISLANDS ASSOCIATIONS ON 15TH FEBRUARY 2001
FURTHER REVISED BY: THE LEEWARD ISLANDS ASSOCIATIONS ON 30TH JANUARY 2002