Regulations and Specifications

Asheville Lightning Membership:

The Asheville Lightning USA Track & Field Team Number is 13-637. Our Association (State) is North Carolina and our Region is Region 3, which includes North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Team Rules & Regulations:


Athletes are expected to show respect for and follow instructions from coaches, adult supervisors and officials at practices, during travel and at meets. The respect is also to be extended to fellow team members and athletes from other teams. Good sportsmanship is also expected from athletes and parents. As an athlete on the Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics Team you represent not only your team but also the Junior Olympics program, Western North Carolina and the team sponsors.

Continual disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Any athlete not willing to abide by reasonable rules of conduct will not be allowed to participate. Athletes using foul language, poor sportsmanship towards other athletes or disrespect for coaches, athletes, parents or officials will be in danger of being dismissed from the team. The offending athlete shall receive one warning (one false start) and be escorted to his or her parent. A second offense (second false start) and they will be asked to leave the team permanently.

What To Expect At Practice

Practice begins promptly at 6:15 with a short meeting of athletes and parents. Please be on time for practices if at all possible. Attendance at this meeting is important. It will be to discuss the day’s practice, upcoming meets or administrative matters. The team will then jog 1-2 warm-up laps and stretch as a group. All athletes will be expected to participate in the general team warm up and stretching, and attend the team meeting.

After that you will then be split into groups for plyometric and warm-up drills.  After drills the athletes will then report to their specialty coaches for the duration of the practice. Practices will be held rain or shine and only interrupted in case of lightning. Parents who are waiting for their athletes at practice are encouraged to walk or jog on the track before practice, and after the short team meeting during the period when stretching and drills are taking place, before the major portion of the practice begins.

Parents of athletes aged 12 and under should stay at the track for the duration of practice.

Team Drug and Alcohol Policy

Smoking, drug and alcohol use is absolutely forbidden for any Asheville Lightning athlete.

Lights Out Competitor Curfew

The following curfews are in effect for any athlete on the Asheville Lightning team the night before he or she competes. If you break curfew you will not be allowed to compete the next day. These curfews extend also to athletes staying with parents at meets, or at home the night before any meet. Athletes who have finished all of their competitions must respect the competition curfew of other team members who share their room and who are not finished competing.

Failure to respect the curfews of your roommates (keeping them from sleeping, waking them up, etc) could result in your being asked to leave the team.

  • Ages 12 and under: Lights out at 10:00 PM
  • Ages 13 and up: Lights out at 11:00 PM

General Curfew

For all athletes who have finished their competitions and who will not be competing the next day, the curfew will be midnight.

Swimming Pool Use At Meets

One of the fastest ways for an athlete to negatively impact their performance on the track is to go swimming before you compete the day of the meet. Therefore, swimming in hotel or motel pools is allowed only after you have finished competitions for the day. If you arrive at the hotel Friday night and are competing Saturday, enjoy the pool. However stay out of the pool Saturday until you are finished competing.


The Asheville Lightning Junior Olympics welcomes, encourages and needs parental involvement both at practices and meets. Your participation is vital to the success of the program, and the young athletes you will be helping know this and appreciate it. There are all sorts of areas in which help is always needed, from signing up new members to helping to set up tents at the meets. Please any of the coaches if you would like to help in any way. If you have had coaching or track and field experience and are interested in helping to coach, please talk a current coach.

Regulations and Specifications


A relay team shall consist of four (4) members. Qualification of a relay team entitles the club represented by that team to enter a team in the same at the next higher level of competition. The composition of the team need not be the same throughout the rounds or various levels of competition.

To become a relay team member, an athlete must have been declared as a potential member on the official relay roster submitted at the Association level, to include alternates. No alterations may be made after it has been submitted at this level. All relay team members must wear exactly the same uniforms.


Distance Division Hurdles Height
80m MG & MB 8 30″
100m Youth Girls 10 30″
100m Youth Boys 10 33″
100m Int/Young W 10 33″
110m Int/Young M 10 39″
200m Youth B & G 5 30″
400m Int/Young W 10 30″
400m Int/Young M 10 36″


Flights are groups of competing athletes arranged according to submitted times. The USATF rules book states: “The horizontal jumps (long jump and triple jump) and throws may be contested using flights. Flights will be composed on the basis of submitted qualifying marks and shall be arranged with the highest qualifying flight competing last.”

Preliminaries, Semi-finals & Finals

Depending on the meet, athletes may have to complete in preliminaries, semi-finals and a final. Only a certain number of the total number of athletes entered into a sprint or field event will progress to the finals unless there are only enough participants for a single heat.

Number of Entries in Race Number of Semi-Final Heats Number Qualifying Number in Final
1 to 8 0 All 1 to 8
9 to 16 2 3 + next 2 best overall 8
17 to 24 3 2 + next 2 best overall 8
25 to 32 4 1 + next 4 best overall 8
33 to 40 5 1 + next 3 best overall 8


Heats are groups of competing athletes running in a preliminary, semi-final or final race arranged according to submitted times.  For a 6-lane track where the race is run solely in lanes, a heat would consist of 6 runners placed in each lane. For events such as the 1500, the heat can consist of more athletes since the event is not run in lanes. Heats are arranged and run with the highest qualifying athletes competing last.

Lane Assignments

The following procedure shall be used in assigning lanes: 1) in the first round, lanes will be drawn by lot. 2) For all other rounds, two draws will be made -A. Draw for lanes 3,4,5 & 6 for qualifiers with the four best times, and B. Drawing remaining lanes for remainder of qualifiers.


USA Track & Field Junior Olympics awards are provided free at the following levels and in the following categories.

Meet Track & Field Combined Events Cross Country
Association Top 3 medals, 4th-5th-6th ribbons Top 3 medals Top 10 medals
Regional Top 3 medals, 4th-5th-6th ribbons Top 3 medals Top 15 medals
National Championship Top 6 medals Top 6 medals Top 25 medals