A Measuring Assistant is required for both jumping (Long and Triple Jump) and throwing events (Shot Put, Discus and Javelin).
Being a Measuring Assistant is not a huge commitment of time and really benefits the efficiency and enjoyment of the event for the athlete. Typically there are two field events requiring a Measuring Assistant per Age Group each week. The role of Measuring Assistant is best shared between volunteers.
The Measuring Assistant’s role requires:
- When the Spiker has placed the zero-end of the tape in position, pull the tape through the centre of the sector lines intersection point on the runway (8 metres into the runup area).
- Prior to the start of the event, sprinkle some sand on the metre wide take-off areas to an approximate depth of one centimetre. Dampen the sand using a watering can.
- U6 to U12s: When the competitor has completed a jump and the spiker has placed the tape at the appropriate place in the pit, pull the tape through the imprint of the foot made on the take-off mat. The Chief Judge will then read the distance. Smooth out the sand on the take-off mat ready for the next competitor.
- U13 to U15s: When the competitor has completed a jump and the spiker has placed the tape at the appropriate place in the pit, pull the tape through the front of the take-off board and hold it tight until the Chief Judge has read the distance.
For the safety of the Measuring Assistant, they should stand in a sensible position to avoid possible injury. The best location is in the Take-off area (Jumps), Runway (Javelin) and at the Circle (Discus and Shot Put), in a sensible position facing the athlete, and concentration is essential.
A Measuring Assistant does not require a WWVP Card.