Track Conduct

Behaviour and Conduct on the Track and Field


Before You Start!

If the track is locked and the light’s are out and a notice has been posted on the gate that the facility is closed. Then its closed because of a facility management decision. In that situation Euan MacLeod, facility manager will contact a SRAC coach and tell them the track is not open for use. Coaches should turn up and meet their athletes at the gate (outside) and decide to either cancel the session or arrange a session somewhere other than the closed(locked) track. General ISL manager Tony Wade has agreed that if possible a joint decision in advance of the session with SRAC (most likely Ross as CnES technical services Health & Safety Adviser and club coach) will be made as to whether the condition of the track is too dangerous to use. Naturally none of us would want to do that, or be prepared to put athletes at risk in that or any other hazardous situation. Tony and ISL staff have been helpful to SRAC for some time and it is important that we continue to work with the staff and importantly abide with decisions made by the managers of the facilities we use.

Track Etiquette

  1. Always run in an anti- clockwise direction
  2. The fast or inside lane is to the left. Lane numbering (Lane 1 is the inside lane through to Lane 8 (the outside lane) . Indoor track have up to 6 lanes, and some outdoor arenas have up to 10 lanes
  3. In the straight. Lanes 1 and 2 should be used mainly by the fastest runners in the race or training session.
  4. The outer lanes should be used by athletes doing their warm-up or cool-down.
  5. Treat the track and infield like you would a road. Look both ways and make sure it is safe to cross at all times.
  6. If a faster runner comes up behind you and wants to pass, they will shout “track!” On hearing the shout”track!” move to the outer lanes if it is safe to do so. When passing someone, always give plenty of warning time. Say “track!” wait for them to move over, and continue in your lane.
  7. Never stand on the track, especially in lanes 1 or 2. Always look both ways before crossing the track. When you finish an interval, look over your shoulder and move to the right as you stop. If you move left you are more likely to get run over by another runner.
  8. Don’t use headphones or your mobile phone on the track or infield. This is potentially dangerous and may stop you from hearing other track users or safety announcements.
  9. During competition, don’t run across the finishing line unless you are participating in a race as it may interfere with timekeepers, track judges and photo-finish/electronic timing equipment.
  10. The in-field is generally out of bounds unless you are a Competitor or an official in the event in session. This means that, if you are late for your event, you have to walk around the outside of the track. This may take longer but will help prevent you from being hit by a throwing implement.
  11. Be polite and respectful to coaches and officials, they are giving up their time to help you and should always be thanked after training and competitions!
  12. The high jump mats are for landing on not for resting or playing!
  13. Please do not leave your litter for others to clear up, and make sure you keep your valuables safe.
  14. Finally, a track is designed for athletics! Please keep footballs etc well away