Regulation Changes

Regulation changes are made by the Board according to a Regulation Change Protocol. This process includes a 50 day Regulation change notification, and such notifications are notified to clubs and posted on the Athletics New Zealand website.

Current Notifications

The Athletics NZ Constitution requires that Members are provided a period of 50 days consultation on any proposed changes to the Regulations.

Explanation of proposed changes to Competition Regulations

Athletics NZ has recently launched Community Volunteer Membership as a step forward in ensuring a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults.  The objective of Community Volunteer Membership is to safeguard participants in the sport, alongside the established Community Coach Membership and Accredited Coach Membership.

There is an unfortunate history of misbehaviour by a small number of managers, coaches and individuals in other roles in athletics. Athletics is not alone as other sports have had similar issues. We need to ensure a safe environment for everyone in our sport, particularly children (up to 14), young people (14-18) and vulnerable adults.

The 11 centres have agreed to a requirement for all centre team managers and other official team members to hold Community Volunteer Membership, Community Coach Membership or Accredited Coach Membership.

The changes proposed to the Competition Regulations would make this a requirement for centres, rather than voluntary.

The proposed changes are to add new Competition Regulations 4.9 and 10.3 and amend Regulations 10.1 and C3.8.

We would also like to receive feedback from clubs regarding extending this requirement for club-organised teams to national events, including the Colgate Games.

Please send all feedback to executive@athletics.org.nz by 5 January 2021

Below are proposed new Competition Regulations 4.9 and 10.3 and amendments to Regulations 10.1 and C3.8.

Regulation 4 – Athletics NZ Authorised Competitions

4.9        Team Managers

All teams participating in national events under the jurisdiction of Athletics NZ, should have a Manager.

Athletics NZ has a Community Volunteer Membership category for team managers and others in similar roles, which includes police vetting. Centre team managers must currently hold Community Volunteer Membership, Community Coach Membership or Accredited Coach Membership.

Regulation 10 – Officials, Coaches and Managers Membership and Accreditation

10.1         Coach Membership

Athletics NZ will have the following two types of membership for coaches, both of which include police vetting: 1) Accredited Coach Membership, and 2) Community Coach Membership. Both types of coach membership will be administered by the Athletics NZ Coach Development Lead or such other person decided by the Chief Executive.

10.2      Officials development programme (no change)

10.3      Community Volunteer Membership

Athletics NZ will have a community volunteer membership category, including police vetting, for team managers and others in similar roles which is administered by the Athletics NZ Community Manager or such other person decided by the Chief Executive.

Regulation C3.8 – Team Managers

All teams participating in a championship event should have a Manager meeting the requirements of Regulation 4.9.

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