- The League shall consist of Clubs which are affiliated to the South Yorkshire County A.A. Clubs will need to register/affiliate to England Athletics for Track & Field Competition. Athletes will need to be registered with England Athletics (where relevant).
- Club Colours must be worn and athletes failing to wear Club Colours will be disqualified; any points gained by these athletes will not count in their Club's total.
- There will be 8 matches in the season: 2 for athletes under 15 years of age and 2 for athletes over 15 years, 1 for under 11 age group athletes, 1 for under 13 age group athletes, 1 for athletes over 13 and 1 for all age groups. In the U11 and U13 age groups, the format will be a combined event basis and all other age groups individual events. In the under 11 and under 13 age groups, at the Secretary's discretion, athletes may do individual events. If an athlete competes in 2 throws or 2 jumps, the athlete only scores for the club in the first event that takes place at that fixture. There needs to be extenuating circumstances for this to be allowed.
- The affiliation fee will be £10.00 for all athletes. A registration form will be issued to Club secretaries and handed in at the first fixture. Additional athletes can be registered throughout the season. Programmes will be on sale at a cost of £1.00.
- Guest athletes are allowed at a fee of £8.00 per match. Guests must conform to league rules. Guests must be members of a club affiliated to England Athletics.
- Club scoring is the top 12 eligible athletes per event (all age groups) - 12. 11. 10. 9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Only 3 athletes per club count towards the club's total in each event.
- Individual Awards: U11 - 1st, 2nd, 3rd overall and 1st U10 and U9 over the first 3 fixtures and certificates to all competitors who have competed on a combined events basis (i.e. competed in a run, a jump and a throw at each fixture). The 4th fixture will include the championships where the awards will be to the 1st 6 overall plus certificates to all finishers who have competed on a combined event format. U13 - as U11. All other age groups the league awards will be on a Grand Prix basis where points will be awarded on performance and the best 3 performances used. 3 awards per age group in the following categories: a) sprints b) middle distance c) jumps d) throws. Team Awards - Section winners in U15 Boys, U15 Girls, U17 Men, U17 Women, Junior/Senior/Veteran Men and Junior/Senior/Veteran Women. Sam Smith Trophy to the winning club overall. Throughout the season, Championship events in the U15, U17, Senior and Veteran age groups will take place at the league meetings. These events will be highlighted throughout the programme. For an event to be classed as a championship, 4 athletes must compete. If less than 4 athletes are present, the event will go ahead only counting as a league event. Athletes must be first or second claim members of South Yorkshire clubs affiliated to England Athletics to be eligible for individual or team awards in league or championship events, provided that their first claim club is not also a South Yorkshire club.
- Athletes must compete in their own age group. Athletes who compete in the incorrect age group will have 10 points deducted from their club's total on each occasion.
- All Junior Women/Men and Senior Women/Men will compete together but Juniors will throw junior weight implements although it will be classed as one competition. Veterans will throw veteran weight implements.
- Where there is a Veteran and Senior 100m race, or any other race, Veterans may choose to run in either but not in both. veterans are over-40 men and over-35 women.
- Athletes must be first claim members of South Yorkshire clubs or second claim members of a South Yorkshire club provided that their first claim club is not competing. Guests are allowed - see rule 5.
- Each competing Club shall provide a field team to cover allocated field events, where possible a track judge and a timekeeper - a separate sheet will be issued with all the details. These 4 field officials/helpers must report to the field referee in a designated place 20 minutes before the start of the meeting. Failure to do this will stop athletes from that club competing until the 4 helpers are registered. A maximum of 20 points will be awarded to clubs supplying a complete field team. Field officials who are needed to cover extra events where other clubs have failed to provide sufficient officials, or where a second site is opened, will gain bonus points for their club - 5 points per official per event covered.
Health and Safety
Regarding Health and Safety for track and field athletics, the following must be kept in mind: only athletes competing at that time and officials are allowed on the inside of the track or at field event facilities. All other athletes, coaches and spectators must be in the spectators area.
The set out of the stadium governs which field events can be held at the same time and this has a bearing on the field events offered at the fixtures.
The programme has been planned with this in mind and with the number of officials available. The secretary reserves the right at any meeting to reduce the number of trials in a field event from that publicised in the programme to a lower number to allow all publicised events to take place within a reasonable time span.
The secretary reserves the right to limit the number of guest competitors allowed in any event and where several athletes from one club register as guests to state that any such club must provide helpers to run the competition.