Officiating Long Jump
Three jumps are taken by each competitor. At Championship level the top eight competitors are allowed three extra jumps which decide the final placings.
In long jump, the athletes run to the take-off board as fast as they can and then jump off one foot as high and as far as they can and then extend their legs in front to land with two feet.
- Rake the sand to ensure that it is soft to land on
- Remove any sticks and stones
- Sweep the Runway if necessary
U6 to U12 use a 1m x 1m rectangular yellow and black mat. The black part of the mat is the takeoff area. The rectangular mat is placed with the front edge of the yellow part against the edge of the pit so that the front edge of the black rectangle is 50cm from the pit. Whiting powder is used on the black part of the mat so that the official can see the footprint on the mat. The jump is measured from the toe of the footprint made within the black rectangle to the nearest break in the sand pit made by any part of the body or limbs.
U13 to U17 use a take-off board which is a white line of 200m width placed at least 1m from the pit. Do not put chalk on this mat. The jump is measure from the front of the white line closest to the pit with the tape measure running perpendicular to the white line to the nearest break in the sand pit made by any part of the body or limbs.
A foul is recorded
- If any part of foot is beyond the front edge or if the entire foot is outside either end of the take-off area
- If after completing the jump an athlete walks back through the landing area towards the take-off area
- If any sort of somersault is used
- If an athlete takes longer than 60 seconds to begin a jump