Track & Field

Equipment

Baton Discuss Hammer Hurdles Javelin Pole Vault Running Shoes Shot Put

Rules

Since track and field consists of a collection of individual sports, track and field rules are determined by the specific event. One general rule affecting all athletes is that, unlike past regulations, athletes can now accept money and endorsements.

Description

Track and Field is a collection of running, throwing, and jumping sports. Track and field athletics is a collection of sports involving running, throwing and jumping. These events include track races of varying length, hurdles, and relays; throwing events including the discuss, javelin, hammer throw, and shot put; and jumping events including the high jump, long jump, triple jump, and pole vault. Track and field also consists of two seasons: an indoor season run during the winter months and an outdoor season run during the spring.

History

Track and field has, to an extent, been a part of the Olympics ever since the inaugural games in 776 BCE when the only event was a stadium foot race. Two hundred years later, other Pan-Hellenic Games included track events. Track and field events have been a part of the modern Olympic Games ever since 1896 and have served as the backbone of the games since then. In 1912, the International Association of Athletics Federations was created as the governing body of track and field athletics.