We recognise that a lot of our athletes are new to Track and Field athletics so thought a rough guide how the competitions all fit together may be useful. All athletes competing must be a member of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers. Track season is usually between April and September.
RAM (aka Grampian Athletics League) meets three times with a potential Final place later in the summer in each age group. This league is for age groups U11, U13, U15, U17 and Senior for both male and female athletes. It is a friendly league in many respects and involves 7 North East Of Scotland Clubs. We usually hire a bus (£4 per person) for the longer trips (max £10 for family) It is a long day but we always get good feedback. Each event has an A and B competitor and they are chosen on basis of times and distances. Club colours have to be worn. We supply the numbers. We can also run “non-counters” in events to enable athletes to experience competition and they will gain an official time and distance ready for future selection. (For the first time..this year non counters can run in a club vest)
Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) is for U13 and U15 male and female (British Athletics). There are 3 meetings and a potential final. The program for u13s and u15s has been cut back significantly this year to allow for more events at the u17/u20 challenge that runs alongside this lower age YDL. The lower YDL tends to be a tougher competition than the Petrofac League and involves 7 clubs from North and North East Scotland. A and B runners again but no non-counters. We usually hire a bus (£4 per person) for the longer trips…again max £10 for a family. It is a long day but we always get good feedback. Parents can come provided there are seats available.
Youth Development League (Upper Age Group) is for U17 and U20. It is part of a British league and we form a composite team with Fife AC and Pitreavie AAC called Kingdom AC. The Kingdom team supply vests. There are two places per event so plenty of opportunity. Meets are usually 1 in Scotland and 3 in England. There is a bus and an overnight stay in a Premier Inn for the England trips. Athletes are treated as adults (though plenty of support from coaching team). Again feedback is usually very positive and the level of competition is extremely good for athletes that wish to improve. Athletes are invited to join this team based on performances throughout the year. The Kingdom team has a greater expense but we try and subsidise as much as possible. A fee of £20 covers the bus to England and overnight stay at present.
Scottish National Women’s League. Fife ,Perth, Dundee and Arbroath form a composite team for women’s league for age groups U13, 15, 17 and Senior. A good day out and we all share a bus (£4 per person) for the longer trips. This Team is selected on times and distances. It is a regional team and a real boost for any athlete selected. (A and B competitors). We pay League Subscriptions as a club so there is no event payment.
In addition to these fixtures there are a number of District and National Championships. They have to be entered by the athlete/parent (usually online) and require a Scottish Athletics membership (currently £5 if you are under 21). If you want to enter any of these Championships, it is best to speak to your coach first as the level of competition can be quite high.
There are also ‘Open Graded’ Meets scattered throughout the spring and summer. They are informal meets where you usually sign up on the day. You put your PB time on the application form and are put in a Heat with athletes with a similar time so you may be running with males and females of any age. You get an official time and distance that can be used for team selection or seeing how much you have improved. Average cost per event is £3. Keep an eye out on the fixtures page for these.
I hope that is helpful. The essence of athletics is to compete and be the best you can be. We will be encouraging all who wish to compete as it is the lifeblood of the Hawks and our sport. The more athletes that compete ,the greater will be our chances of attracting resources.
You will find the 2018 fixtures HERE as soon as we get them.