Obstacle Relay Sportshall Event
There are several relay events as part of the Sportshall athletics series. This page describes the Obstacle Relay, other relay events include Paarlauf, Over/Under and multiple lap relays. This is a brief outline of the event - for more details see the official literature.
- Sportshall indoor track
- Team base mat
- Speed bounce wedge
General Procedure for the Obstacle Relay
- All four team members sit behind the team base mat.
- The first runner starts in a crouched position with both hands on the edge of the mat and both knees off the floor. On the whistle they must complete a forward or sideways roll on the mat, run through the hi-stepper ensuring a foot is placed in each segment, complete 10 Speed Bounces, clear both hurdles and turn on the Reversaboard at the far end of the hall.
- The athlete then runs the return leg avoiding all the obstacles and turns on the Reversaboard behind the team base mat, the touches the shoulder of the next runner, then returns to the team base mat and sits behind the rest of the team.
- The second and third runners proceed as the first runner. The final runner must also complete the course as above, with the exception that having turned on the Reversaboard behind the team base mat they must run through the finish line in the center of the hall.
A half second time penalty is given for each fault noted. One fault will be given for each occasion an athlete:
- Fails to complete a forward or sideways roll.
- Misses a segment of the hi-stepper (maximum two faults).
- Omits a bounce (one fault for each missed bounce).
- Omits a hurdle. Faults are not given if an athlete knocks over a hurdle.
- Starts before the previous runner has touched their shoulder.
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