Selection Policies Overview

Athletics Northern Ireland Selection Overview - Squads & Teams

Athletics Northern Ireland selects athletes to squads, camps and teams to prepare for and compete at the Commonwealth Games and other international competitions.


The overall aim of selection is to maximise the opportunity to gain medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, Olympics and Paralympics and to create sustainable success by using these and other recognised competitions to develop and prepare athletes for future international success.


Each competition serves a different purpose to Athletics Northern Ireland and the selection process and criteria for each is tailored to deliver this purpose.

Competitions

Track and Field

Commonwealth Games
(Every four years)

Purpose: Measures the level of performance of our athletes and programme; provide development opportunities to selected athletes
Target: Medals and top 8 places (2018 target – one medal)
Age Class: Open
Disciplines: Men – 100m, T12 100m, T38 100m, T47 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, T54 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase, 20km Race Walk, Marathon, T54 Marathon. 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 4 X 100m Relay, 4 X 400m Relay, Decathlon, Pole Vault, Javelin Throw, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Shot Put, F38 Shot Put.

Women – 100m, T35 100m, T38 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, T54 1500m, 5000m, 10,000m, 3000m Steeplechase, 20km Race Walk, Marathon, T54 Marathon, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 4 X 100m Relay, 4 X 400m Relay, Heptathlon, Pole Vault Javelin Throw, F46 Javelin Throw, High Jump, Long Jump, T38 Long Jump, Triple Jump, Discus Throw, Hammer Throw, Shot Put

Team: Allocated by Commonwealth Games Council TBC
Places per event: 2 men & 2 women; four men & four women per relay event
2018 focus – Maximum number of top 8 places and at least one medal

Commonwealth Youth Games
(Every four years from 2017)

Purpose: Measures the level of performance of our athletes and the talent segment of the programme; competition, development & assessment experience

Target: a medal

Age Class: U18. Athletes must be born in 2000 or 2001.

Disciplines: Men’s: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m 1500m, 3000m, 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin; Women’s: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m 1500m, 3000m, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin; Mixed Relays: 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400

Team: Four athletes

Places per event: Two men’s & Two women’s; Two men’s & two women’s per relay event.

Senior Manchester International

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None
Age Class: Open
Disciplines: Men - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 3000m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 2000m steeplechase, 3000m Walk, 4 X 100m relay, 4 X 400m relay, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Hammer, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put; Women - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 3000m, 110m hurdles, 400m hurdles, 2000m steeplechase, 3000m Walk, 4 X 100m relay, 4 X 400m relay, Pole Vault, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Hammer, Discus, Javelin, Shot Put

Team: max 1 man & 1 woman per race for individual events; max 1 men’s & 1 women’s team for relays
2018, team size: max 40

U20 & Senior Home Countries Combined Events Championships

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes in combined events

Target: None

Age Class: U20 & Senior

Disciplines:

Team:

U20 Welsh Athletics International

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: U20

Disciplines: Men – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 4 X 100m Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Javelin, Discus. Women - 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 100m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 4 X 100m Relay, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Javelin, Hammer.

U15 & U17 England Athletics Championships

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: U15 & U17

Disciplines: U17 men – 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 80m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles, 1500m Steeplechase, 5000m Walk, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Hammer, Javelin; U17 Women - 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 100m Hurdles, 300m Hurdles, 1500m Steeplechase, 5000m Walk, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Hammer, Javelin; U15 Men - 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, 100m Hurdles, 3000m Walk, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Hammer, Javelin; U15 Women - 100m, 200m, 300m, 800m, 1500m, 75m Hurdles,3000m Walk, High Jump, Pole Vault, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Shot, Discus, Hammer, Javelin.

Places per event: Max 1 man & 1 woman per age class.

Team size: Max 20 athletes

Cross Country

IAAF Northern Ireland International Cross Country incorporating the Home Countries International

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: Senior & U20

Distance: men – 9km; women – 5.5km; junior men – 5.5km; junior women – 3.6k

Team: Max 4 men, 4 women. 4 junior men, 4 junior women

UK Intercounties Cross Country

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: Senior, U20, U17

Distance: Men – 10000m; Women – 10000m; U20 men ~8000m; U20 Women ~6000m; U17 men ~6km; U17 women ~5km

Team: Max 8 men & 8 women per age class

U17, U20, U23 Celtic Cross Country International

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: U17, U20, U23

Distance: U23 Men- ~10,000m; U23 Women - ~ 7,000m; U20 Men - ~7000m; U 20 Women - ~5,000m; U17 Men - ~5.5km; U17 Women - ~ 4,000m

Team: 4 men & 4 women per age class

Road

Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: Senior

Distance: 31.1 miles; 21km

Team: 4 men & 4 women

Senior Armagh International Road Race

Purpose: Competition experience, development & assessment of athletes

Target: None

Age Class: Senior

Distance: Men – 5km; Women – 3km

Team: 4 men & 4 women



For all athletes interested in competing for Ulster & Northern Ireland, information about competitions and selection opportunities as well as coaching/training camps will be published on the Athletics Northern Ireland website.

Athletics is made up of Track & Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Mountain Running. To be selected athletes will have demonstrated proficiency in specific disciplines or will be selected in order to gain experience in a specific discipline. An athlete may be selected for more than one event if the competition timetable allows.

 

The team coach will discuss with each athlete, shortly after selection, their training and racing plans leading into the competition and these must be agreed and adhered to. Athletes will be selected to relay teams at the time of selection with any changes at the discretion of the Team Coach. Selected teams may include athletes not selected to compete in the individual disciplines at a competition. Changes to relay teams may take place prior to a competition or at a competition.

 

The Head Coach at a competition has a duty of care to the athletes and may, in the best interests of the athlete, withdraw athletes from disciplines or races prior to or during an event. Other athletes at the event may be substituted if the Head Coach believes this to be appropriate.

 

Responsibility for Selection

All selections will be discretionary and based on the judgement of the Athletics Northern Ireland selection panel. The Chair of the panel may seek additional expert guidance from specific coaches, technical experts or programme medics if appropriate. Any person involved in providing advice or guidance during the selection process must declare any conflict of interest.


The selection panel will take full account of the selection criteria. In general, the criteria is listed in order of priority and the Selectors will exercise discretion fairly and without bias in making selection decisions.


Testing & Substitution

Athletes will be required to agree their preparation programme with the Head Coach. This stipulation is not to ‘interfere’ with athletes’ preparation but to ensure athletes are supported and challenged in optimising their preparation.


Selected athletes and athletes selected onto programmes may be required to undergo physiological and/or medical assessment. This will be to monitor development and confirm fitness following injury, illness, any other period where the athlete has been prevented from training and/or competing normally or a period of marked underperformance.

Athletics Northern Ireland reserves the right de-select any athlete who does not fulfil the necessary fitness, medical, or performance standards; or who does not agree and then follow their agreed preparation programme or meet the standards of behaviour expected.


Eligibility

To be eligible to be selected into the team to participate in a competition, each athlete will need to meet the eligibility requirements specified which include holding a valid British passport and/or Irish passport.


Anti-Doping

All selected athletes must comply with the UK Anti-Doping Rules as published by UK Anti-Doping Limited (or its successor). www.ukad.org.uk/documents/uk-anti-doping-rules/

Clarification and Appeals Procedure

If clarification of any specific selection issue is required, please contact Jackie Newton, Director of Coaching and Athlete Development at jackie@athleticsni.org or Tom Reynolds, Athlete Development Lead at tom@athleticsni.org


Athletics Northern Ireland operates a formal appeals procedure for challenging selection decisions of major championships. Each competition’s selection policy will outline any appeals process.