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AIA Presentation

Learn about the basics of track and field equipment specifications.

Ashley Whittaker

on 19 April 2010

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Brief Overview of Gill Athletics * Oldest and largest manufacturer of track and field equipment in the world Overall Track Design Considerations *Official Supplier To USA Track and Field Member of both American Society of Landscape Architecture
and American Sports Builders Association Featured Equipment at the Drake Relays,
Hayward Field (University of Oregon), and
The Home Depot Center (Carson, CA) Gill Product Design Philosphies Create Safer Practice
+ Meet Environments Improve Activity
Implementation Decrease Environmental
Impacts Foster Innovation to
Create Unique Products Rules Driven Sport
-NFHS Performance Based
Vs. Skills Based -Records equal big payouts
-NCAA uses performance based
standards for qualifying Meets are labor
Intensive -There could be up to 18 events
contested per meet Basic Track Layout Event Considerations Running Events High Jump Long + Triple Jump Pole Vault Shot Put Weight Throw Communication Boxes Loose Equipment Lane Dimensions *Number of Lanes:
-8 for dash races
-6 for lane races

*Width Requirements:
-36"-42" *Surfaces-Performance Perceptions:
-Sheet lain surfaces are good
-Polyurethane material

-See Picture.
-Required for Championships Ovals and Radius *Recommended Radius:
-18-21 meters

-Not more than 18 degrees

*Health + Safety:
-Big 'turns' (radius) are associated
with top performances
-Tight turns can lead to ACL or
lower leg injuries *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 Equipment: *2-3 Take-off boards installed per runway
-One long jump board 1-3m from sand
-1 or 2 trimple jump boards 10-13m from

*HS rules allow for a 19 1/2" board

*Collegiate rules require an 8" board

*International rules require an 8" board with
additional foul board

*Sand pit should be 3m (9'6") x 7m (23')
-Bunker sand is best for athletes Event Details: *Event is competed at most levels
-However, some states like Iowa no longer contest the event

*The vault was affected 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 Equipment: *Runways
-Min. of 40m long
-Area requirement: Min. of 22' x 26' x 30'
-Coaches Box required

*Vault boxes are constructed of:
-Stainless Steel
-Cast Aluminum Skydex Vault Box (#506): *Inspired by a well-known accident involving Kevin Dare

*Material in the lining of the box absorbs and disperses impact
forces up to 15' *Shot Put is competed at all levels
-Men 16lb
-Women 4K
-HS Boys 12lb

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

*Plan enough area for a potential 60' or further throw Event Details: *Shot Put toeboards
-Cast aluminum, wood, or synthetic materials

*Shot Put circles
-Aluminum permanent
-Wood portable Equipment Details: Event Details: *USATF/IAAF and Collegiate events
-Men 35lb
-Women 20lb
-HS boys 25lb

*Safety cages are required
-Big ticket purchase

*Plan enough area for 60' or further throw

*Requires 7' circle

*Recent changes to the sectore for the event,
all levels of competition are effected.
-NCAA article 2: Radial lines 5cm wide
shall form a 34.92 degree angle extended
from the center of the circle *Commonly used in multi-purpose facilities

*Can house communications and electrical components

*Two sizes available: full + half sized versions

*Options include covering with track surface or turf High Jump Pits Pole Vault Pits Starting Blocks Hurdles *Loose Equipment Considerations:
-Cost: Equipment could be an additional $10-$15K to the owner
-Seating Conclusions Technical Assistance Available


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