North Harbour Bays Athletics Inc


Athletics is a very complex sport and in both competition and training, a stadium has many hazards. Athletes, officials and spectators need to study this list (which is not definitive; there may be other dangers):

On the Track

  • Beware of running athletes when you cross the track
  • Athletes' spikes
  • Do not jump hurdles the wrong way; they will not fall over if you hit them
  • Please keep infants away from the water jumps, the infield and track

In the Field

  • Keep away from throwing areas - the release area and the landing arcs - unless participating as a competitor or official
  • Do not throw implements back; roll or carry them
  • Keep away from jumping run-ups;  take special care when crossing them
  • Stay out of the landing pits (sand or rubber)
  • Do not use a rake or spade in a sandpit when any athlete is performing a run-up or jump
  • Do not leave throwing implements, rakes, brooms, spades, etc. unattended, as injuries have been caused by (usually) children using them inappropriatel
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Club requests that parents and other non-participating spectators remain
    behind the track perimeter hoardings to reduce the risk of injury.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the Sports Hall

Guidelines for when there are multiple users and over-crowding in the Sports Hall during club hours (4pm – 8pm week nights)

Safety for athletes is paramount

  • Coaches need to supervise and make their athletes aware of possible hazards 
  • Lanes 5 & 6 are to be left clear for sprinting
  • When possible avoid all throwing activities in the sports hall, use the indoor throws area if applicable
  • Athletes run the same direction - towards garage door
  • Hurdles are only to be used in lane 3
  • Extend the pull-out straps across the EXIT doors
  • Do not exit the building via the FIRE EXIT door to the lodge carpark
  • Shut the roller door to the entry of the PowerZone
  • Due to safety concerns, any athletes under age 14 must be supervised by an approved coach or make a booking through Vivienne at ahead of time.

Co-operation and Communication between Coaches is ESSENTIAL

This is a Risk Management Strategy to reduce the potential for an accident
and fulfil the Club’s common legal obligations and liabilities under Health & Safety, etc.

​​​​​​​In the Event of an Accident

A First Aid Kit and telephone, for medical assistance, are in the Club Office next to the Clubrooms.  All accidents must be reported to a Senior Official for entry in the Club Accident Register, which is held in the Club Office.


Spikes may only be worn during competition by athletes in grades 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 years plus Senior Section athletes.  Spikes must be taken off after a race.

Sun Protection

Club members are urged to be sensible in wearing protection from the sun, e.g. good quality sunscreens, and hats. This will minimise painful sunburn and lessen the risk of developing melanoma, which is a leading cause of cancer deaths among New Zealand 20-40 year olds.


Membership of the Club automatically entitles the Club to disclose personal details of members for Club, Athletics Auckland and Athletics New Zealand administration purposes. Members may receive correspondence/emails from any of the aforementioned organisations.

Members consent to names, photos and athletic profiles to be used by the Club for promotional educational media and sponsorship related activities; also gives permission for members to be photographed by the official photographer assigned by the Club and/or any affiliated athletics association at any athletic club or other athletics events and acknowledge that these photographs may be available on a website for sale.  Members may request for a photo to be removed from the Club’s website at any time by contacting the Office of the Club.

Members are bound by the rules of the Club and verbal or written instructions by Club Officials or Delegates at any given time.


North Harbour Bays Athletics Inc. is run by volunteers.  The Club accepts no responsibility for any injury suffered while taking part in any Club or athletic activity or being on any ground or premises controlled by the Club or any venue where the Club is participating within the Auckland region. 

Use of Drugs in Sport

  1. The North Harbour Bays Athletics Club fully supports measures to eliminate use of performance enhancing drugs or procedures in sport.       
  2. In this, we follow the rules of the IAAF and New Zealand Olympic Committee.
  3. The Club has never encouraged or condoned the use of performance enhancing drugs or procedures by its members.              
  4. In the event of any of its members being found to have committed an offence in the use of banned substances or procedures, after the due process of hearings, which apply, it will impose sanctions in accordance with IAAF and Athletics New Zealand rules.                            
  5. In addition, for any established offence involving use of anabolic steroids, human growth hormones or Erythropoietin or other defined substances and procedures in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the IAAF prohibited substances, the Club will impose a ban of membership for life.         
  6. Such a life ban will apply to the athlete and coach who were knowingly involved in the offence, but will not apply to any proven exceptional circumstances including genuine medical use of any of the substances in the banned substances schedule.

Athlete education seminars will be organised throughout the year and will be advertised on an open-to-all basis.

New Zealand Sports Drug Agency


(0800 378 437)