A few members, team managers, coaches and parents have asked for clarification of the Clubs selection policy in relation to league matches and relay teams.
This is more important now than ever before as the numbers competing across the country has risen and this year, we may lose the Central and South of Scotland League, reducing opportunities for our members to compete. If that were to happen, our U11’s would have no league competition to look forward to.
Whether or not this happens, the club will encourage and assist our members to attend at some of the many open graded meetings held across the west of Scotland.
VP Glasgow Competition Selection Policy
The aim of this statement is to provide an understanding for parents and athletes of the process employed by VP-Glasgow Team Managers when selecting athletes to compete for the Club.
The club participates in the following leagues:
• SAIL (Indoor League) (U11 & above)
• YDL (U13 & above)
• CSSAL (U11 & above)
• SWAL (Female only) (U13 & above)
• SAL (Men’s League) (U17 & above)
• UKWAL (Female Only) (Senior)
Save for relay events only 2 athletes will be selected per event.
Selection will always be based upon rankings. That means the athlete with the fastest recorded time will be selected first; the athlete with the second fastest time will be selected second.
From a club perspective this system is used to ensure we field the strongest team for meetings. For the athlete it ensures fairness and expectation; encourages participation and sets a benchmark for standards.
Athletes are encouraged to participate in open graded meetings and championship races to obtain official times and/or distances. A timetable of events can be viewed on the Scottish Athletics website events page.
Athletes who are selected to race and commit to attending but fail to show without communicating their non-attendance and/or without a reasonable explanation, will not be selected to compete for future events regardless of their capability to do so.
Over the two weeks beginning on Monday the 13th of February, the club will be using our electronic timing gates to record every athletes performance over 60m and 100m (or equivalent for age). These times will be used in conjunction with future assessments to monitor every individuals progress leading up to the start of the outdoor season.
Once these tests have been completed, the officials and coaches charged with the task will include the other track and field events.
These tests are not intended to replace officially timed and measured competition performances but to inform coaches and athletes of their current standing. We hope to encourage all of our athletes to be the best they can be and to identify the event or events they are most likely to succeed in.
In every league match, we require two 100m sprinters, two long jumpers and two javelin throwers yet if you look around the track at Scotstoun, you’ll see 40 sprinters for every thrower or jumper.
More of our coaches are including sessions for jumps and throws and we hope to increase the number participating over the coming months.