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AIA Presentation 2010

Gill Athletics presents track and field information for architects.

Ashley Whittaker

on 19 April 2010

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Transcript of AIA Presentation 2010

Brief Overview of Gill Athletics *Oldest and largest manufacturer of track
and field equipment in the world *Featured Equipment at the Drake Relays,
Hayward Field (University of Oregon), and
The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA). *Member of both American Society of Landscape Architecture
and American Sports Builders Association *Official Supplier to USA Track and Field Gill Product Design Philosophies Create safer practice
+ meet environments Improve activity
implementation Decrease
impacts Foster innovation
to create unique
products Overall Track Design Considerations Rules Driven Sport
NFHS Performance Based
Vs. Skills Based
Records equal big payouts
NCAA uses performance based
standards for qualifying Meets are Labor
Could be up to 18 events
contested per meet Basic Track Layout Event Considerations Running Events Lane Dimensions
Number of lanes:
-8 for dash races
-6 for lane races
Width requirements:
Surfaces-performance perceptions:
-Sheet lain surfaces are good
-Polyurethane material
-See picture
-Required for championship meets Ovals and Radius
Recommended radius:
-18-21 meters
-Not more than 18 degrees
Health + Safety
-Big turns (radius) are associated
with top performance
-Tight turns can lead to ACL or
lower leg injuries High Jump Long + Triple Jump Rules
-Area required 50' x 100'
Spacing considerations:
-Event is almost always competed
inside the oval Considerations:
-Event is universally contested
-Usually one runway minimum per facility
-Common for higher level facilities to have 2 or more

-2-3 Take-off boards installed per runway
-One long jump board 1-3m from sand
-1 or 2 triple jump boards 10-13m from sand Pole Vault Event Details:
-Event is contested at most levels
-Some states such as Iowa no longer contest the event

The vault was effected by catastrophic accidents in 2002
-Landing areas now require larger sizes
-19'8" x 16'5" x 28" for high school competition
-21'6" x 24' x 32" for collegiate competition Runways:
-Min. of 40m long
-Area requirement: Min of 22' x 26' x 30'
-Coaches box required

Vault boxes:
-Commonly constructed of steel, stainless steel,
Aluminum, or cast aluminum Skydex Vault Box (#506):
-Inspired by a well-know accident involving Kevin Dare
-Material in the lining of the box absorbs and disperses
impact forces up to 15' Shot Put Contested at all levels
-Men 16lb shot
-Women 4k shot
-HS Boys 12lb shot

Sector rule change:
-NCAA article 2: Radial lines 5 cenimeters wide shall
form a 34.92 degree angle extended from the center of
the circle

Plan enough area for a 60' throw or longer Equipment Details:
-Shot put toeboards are constructed of cast aluminum,
wood or synthetic materials
-Shot put circles can be wood portable models or
permanent aluminum models Weight Throw USATF/IAAF and collegiate events
-Men 35lb weight
-Women 20lb weight
-HS Boys 25lb weight

Safety cages required:
-Big ticket purchase

Plan enough aread for a 60' throw or longer

Requires 7' diameter circle

Sector rule change:
-NCAA article 2: Radial lines 5 cenimeters wide shall
form a 34.92 degree angle extended from the center of
the circle Communication Boxes Commonly used in multi-purpse facilities

Can house communications and electrical components

Two sizes available: full + half-sized versions

Options include covering with track surface or turf Loose Equipment Considerations
-Cost: equipment could be an additional
$10-$15K to the owner

Examples include:
-High jump pits
-Pole vault pits
-Starting blocks

Conclusions Technical Assistance Available


(800) 637-3090
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