The Wessex League is a series of 4 matches across Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
The matches usually run between April and July each year on a Sunday. In addition to the Quadkids competitions, there are competitions for U13, U15, U17 and U20 athletes in most of the main athletic disciplines:
- SPRINTS – 100m, 200m, 300m, 400m plus hurdles and relay races
- DISTANCE – 800m, 1500m
- JUMPS – Long Jump, High Jump,
- THROWS – Discus, Shot, Javelin
There are no 3000m, hammer throw, triple jump or pole vault events.
Athletes can compete in a maximum of four events, one of which must be a relay.
The aim of the Wessex League for WADAC is to offer the opportunity for as many athletes as possible to compete. This is facilitated by the running track events allowing for five "non scorers", i.e. athletes that can compete and record a time but where the result does not count towards the team score. In the field events, two athletes may compete for each age group plus one non-scorer.
Two or three weeks before a match, the Team Managers advertise the match by email and on the website to invite athletes to sign up via email. A and B string athletes will be selected for each event based upon athletes with the fastest times for the track events. Those not selected for A or B strings will be non scorers, unless the number wanting to compete in the event exceeds the number allowed. The athletes not able to compete will be given priority at the next match.
The selection process will take into consideration recent performances and advice from coaches. Priority for selection in the field events will be given to those athletes that signed up to compete in the YDL but not selected and those that have had less opportunity to compete previously.
The Team Managers publish the team selection on the website about a week before the match. If there are any gaps that need to be filled, these are offered to everyone. Athletes are encouraged to "have a go" at events with gaps so the club can gain points to finish in as strong a position in the league as possible. This also aids our policy of offering as much opportunity to compete as possible.
The results are announced on the WADAC website and posted on the Wessex League website a few days after the event.
For more information see the website
|Type Track and Field|
|Season/Date April to July|
|Location Normally within one hour drive of Winchester|
|Age Under 20s Under 17s Under 15s Under 13s|