Track/Field Layouts

     A track meet is a complex event to conduct.  In order to optimize, meet management, facility maintenance, and overall safety, it is worthwhile to consider locating one or more of the field event venues outside the track.  The best choice among these cases for maximum safety is the throwing area.  Another good choice is the long jump pit.  Athletes often depart the back of the sand pit while conducting run-throughs.  During this process, sand from the pit tends to be transported onto the track where it can cause both a slipping hazard and accelerated erosion of the synthetic surface.  The pole vault venue must be located such that a released pole cannot topple into a traffic area.  As an example, this means that the vault box should not be located any closer to the track than 20 feet.  These are just a few examples of what needs to be considered when planning a track layout.

Planning Point: Cages

 

Placement of throwing cages often leads to property and personnel hazards.  Keep in mind the regions outside the sector lines where implements may land.  Also note that hammers, weights, and other implements often go over the top of standard  height cage doors. Finally, take careful consideration of the fact that a loose implement can reach several feet beyond the perceived boundary of the cage as it stretches the net.  The back or side of a cage placed too close to a high traffic area is an invitation for possible injury.

Planning Point: Long and Triple Jump Runways

 

Whenever possible a facility should be equipped with a pair of sand pits and runways to enable athletes to select a direction that minimizes wind resistance during the event.

Planning Point: Long Jump Pit Covers

 

When an aluminum cover is required, some means of storing sand is required in order to sustain a rule-compliant venue.  Governing rules require that the sand in the pit be level with the approach runway.  When flush-fitting, aluminum lids are being placed in the pit, sand must me removed and stored.  The moat drawn around the perimeter of this pit is a sand trap.  Light-weight, and forgiving sand trap covers enable safe and convenient sand storage between track and field competitions.

Planning Point: Pole Vault Landing System Placement

 

The provision of two runways and two vault boxes enables facilities to run this event under wind conditions that favor the performance and safety of the athletes.  If desired, custom landing systems are available that feature two cut outs for the vault box.

     When considering the construction of a playing field and/or track much must be planed out ahead of time to create a well functional and ascetical area.  The more experience a contractor and or consultant has in this area is very beneficial.  Make sure to read the guidelines and rules (IAAF, NCAA, etc.) carefully that your track and or field will be governed by, so your facility will be up to date and compliant when an athletic event is held.  This will help you begin with the basic planning for a facility.  Another thing you must consider are all aspects of the athletic sport(s) being played in this area and how the and where the spectators will be involved in the event.

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