Friday, July 10, 2020

New - Scottish Junior League

There are major changes to the league structure for U17 and U20 athletes for 2020.  All of the Scottish teams have resigned from the YDL Upper League and a new Scottish Junior League has been formed.

For athletes who enjoyed the long journey south and the overnight stay in Carlisle there will be some disappointment in this change.  For those athletes who have been disappointed by the standard of competition in the YDL Upper they’ll be delighted as the new competition is designed to raise standards by opening the competition up to larger composites from a greater area of the country.

Victoria Park has joined our neighbours, Giffnock North in creating a composite team called Team West.  Unlike other composite competitions, athletes will wear their own club vest in each match.

All U17 and U20 athletes who would like to compete will get a place in the team.  Athletes will be allowed to enter 3 events plus a relay.

There will be a reduced programme of events at each match which will allow for an unlimited number of athletes to compete in the events that are available.

Each event will be contested in two of the three matches with the exception of the 1500m Steeplechase which will feature in only one.

Track event athletes will be seeded ahead of the match according to their PB’s to allow the best U17’s to compete against the best U20’s although their scoring in the competition is measured by their performance against the performance of their own age group.

Field event athletes will be allowed three trials and the top three U17 and the top three U20 athletes will get a further three attempts.

Only the best two U17’s and the best two U20’s in each event will score points for their team.

In this system, in some events, several Victoria Park athletes will be lining up against their team-mates.  One representative from each team is no longer guaranteed a place in the fastest heat.  That right will have to be earned.

One of the benefits of the new league is that athletes shouldn’t miss out on competition opportunities because there are two athletes in their own team ranked ahead of them.  There will be no limit to the number of athletes competing for the composite team.

The dates and venues for the three matches are as follows:  

Match 1 is at Grangemouth on Sunday 26th of April and will be convened by Team North Lanarkshire.

Match 2 is at Aberdeen on Sunday the 24th of May and will be convened by Team Aberdeen.

Match 3 is at Grangemouth on Sunday the 21st of June.  Convening team is still to be identified.

We’ll be sharing a bus to all three venues with our team-mates from Giffnock North.  I’ll identify a pick up point in the Scotstoun area prior to each match.

The below table shows the teams and clubs that have already entered.

Team

Clubs within Team

 

 

Clydesdale

Clydesdale, Garscube, Helensburgh

Team West

Giffnock North, Victoria Park Glasgow

Inverness Harriers

To be provided

North Lanarkshire

Airdrie, Motherwell, Cumbernauld

South Lanarkshire

East Kilbride, Hamilton, Larkhall, Law, Whitemoss

Team Aberdeen

Banchory, Stonehaven, Elgin, Aberdeen

Team Ayrshire

Ayr Seaforth, Kilmarnock Harriers, North Ayrshire AC

Team Edinburgh

Edinburgh AC, Harmeny, Lasswade, Corstorphine


I’ll be acting as team manager for the Victoria Park athletes and Billy Glasgow will perform the same function for Giffnock.  Prior to each match, we’ll share our declaration sheets and submit to the convening club.

At this time, I’m looking to compile a list of athletes who intend to compete in this league.  Please let me know by email toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take part and I’ll add you to the mailing list.

Once I have the timetables for each match, I’ll contact the mailing list and you can feed back which events you would like to enter.


Gordon Innes

Club Manager - 07983360804