ESAA Nationals Information re Qualification

ESAA Nationals Information re Qualification

This is general information to a large number of people. It is NOT an indication of selection.

The English Schools Championships are at Birmingham, on Fri 12 and Sat 13 July. Travel by coach Thursday 11th, pm. Accommodation provided. It is usually compulsory to travel and stay as organised. Athletes can leave with parents after about 2pm Saturday, and the coach will return after the event.

Team Manager is Andy Rickard, 07736 547907 Andy fills in the online entry and sends out the information about the trip.

I am compiling the list of potential athletes, and their performances. Please check that you are available and let both of us know if there is a problem.

Please register your details on then Track & Field picture, Athlete Registration. (Not active yet, but will be) Your name on the Results, souvenir kit etc will be what you type in here, so please use the version you wish to appear. You need to do this even if you registered last year. You can put pbs for more than one event, though eventually you can only be selected for one event. If you achieve an Entry Standard, or are close, but did not go to English Schools last year, please email Andy so that he can store your email address, and include a parent’s phone number, and your school. If you went last year but your email, school, or phone have changed, please send Andy the new info.

THE MOST IMPORTANT BIT FOR NOW (well, apart from you checking your availability) Having the Entry Standard (website, T&F picture, Current Standards, ES column) does not guarantee selection. North Yorkshire has 40 places in the Championships, and we can select them as we think fit. We will NOT fill all 40 places unless we feel the athletes are suitable standard for this Championships. The Entry Standards help us compare different events and Age Groups. But if more than 40 athletes get the Entry Standard, we will have to leave some behind. And we can select athletes without the Entry Standard if we wish (even putting them ahead of athletes with the Entry Standard if we choose). Every County has a limit on their number of athletes, but other Counties may select their team differently. To reassure you that we know about your performance, a check list will be on This is not a Selection list.

For your performances, I take them from Power of 10. So, if it is wrong there, please try to get it corrected (though they won’t change YDL performances until the League change the official results, which can be very difficult to achieve). If you have a concern or can not get an error corrected, let me know. We are mainly considering performances since 1 May. In some cases, we might consider earlier results. The officiating / validity of performances is considered carefully. The standard of timekeeping at a particular fixture is checked. If there are no wind readings for sprints / jumps we may consider any information we have about conditions at that venue.

Performances at Area Trials are not usually considered as the officiating in some events is not accurate. Performances in the Schools Cup can be considered if I am confident in the officiating of your event. Good placing (in a good standard event) at the Yorkshire Championships will get credit – I accept that the numerical performance can be affected by wind, pace of a distance race, or having run heats earlier in the day. But beating good opposition is a good sign.

As it is our own Championships, results at the North Yorkshire Schools on 8 June may have particular significance. In general, you must do your English Schools choice event there. 3000m runners may be exempted from this (to do a shorter event). Or if you are the only competitor entered. We would ideally want Seniors to compete in their best event. If this causes any problems, then we will need to discuss this with you. It is imperative that you let us, and your Area Team Manager know.

Relay teams (4 by 100 only) are made up from athletes already selected in individual events. This sometimes requires using non-sprinters, and we do not have a Relay team in every age group.

The first selections will be about 12 June. Most places will be selected then, and the list will go on the website soon. If you have any performances not on Po10, or you think I might have missed, you are welcome to send me them. Particularly any events on Tues 11th. A few places will be kept back for performances between 12th and 18th June, which should be emailed to me immediately.

The remaining places will then be announced on 19 or 20 June. After that we can not change the Entry, so if you tell us the next day you are not available / are injured you have cost another athlete a place and we have spent £90 on you. So please keep us informed of any problem.

We are aware of the dates and selection arrangements for the European Junior Championships. Those who gain an entry standard for this, please discuss with us.

Please make sure you do your part by registering and making sure that Andy has your contact details. Please raise any problems or ask questions now. Andy will be at the North Yorks Schools but will be busy watching athletes / results and trying to find athletes who have done well but we do not have contact details for.

I will be organising and officiating and not available for general info or discussion. After that it is very busy until the entry goes in on 20 June. So please follow the website for general information (the timetable goes on there at the same time as we get it, so no point asking us about it) and ask any early questions now.

Dave Paver 01937 581165