Scottish records are recognised for performances in the senior, under-20, under-17, under-15 and under-13 age groups, with separate records maintained for indoor and outdoor performances. At senior level, records are recognised as National Records (set anywhere in the world by an athlete eligible to represent Scotland), Native Records (set in Scotland by an athlete eligible to represent Scotland) and All-Comers' Records (set in Scotland by any athlete).
The record lists in this section of the SATS website show the records which have been officially accepted by Scottish Athletics. SATS also list authentic best performances recognised in events at which official records are not maintained.
SCOTTISH RECORDS – GUIDANCE
Scottish records are recognised at senior and age-group levels. For the age-groups, records are recognised at Under-20, Under-17, Under-15 and Under-13 levels. For the seniors, National, Native and All-Comers’ records are recognised.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL RECORD: for a performance made in or outwith Scotland by a competitor who was born in Scotland, or either of whose parents was born in Scotland, or who has been recognised by Scottish Athletics as eligible through three years continuous residence to be a Scottish athlete for international competition, provided that athlete has not rendered him/herself ineligible to compete for Scotland.
SCOTTISH NATIVE RECORD: for a performance made in Scotland by a competitor who was born in Scotland, or either of whose parents was born in Scotland, or who has been recognised by the Scottish Athletics as eligible through three years continuous residence to be a Scottish athlete for international competition, provided that athlete has not rendered him/herself ineligible to compete for Scotland.
SCOTTISH ALL-COMERS’ RECORD: For a performance made in Scotland by a competitor irrespective of their nationality or place of birth.
For athletes to be eligible for Scottish records, they must be registered with Scottish Athletics.
B) Events at which Records are recognised
Scottish records will be recognised for:
(a) Events where a Scottish championship is held;
(b) Where there is not an equivalent Scottish championship, events where a championship is held at British, Commonwealth, European or World level;
(c) Events which are contested regularly at an international level.
At under-17, under-15 and under-13 level, records will be maintained for events that fall within category (a) only.
C) Record Application Forms
Record application forms are available, on request, from Scottish Athletics or may be downloaded from the Scottish Athletics website or the SATS website (see foot of page).
D) Procedures for submitting an application for a Record *** UPDATED MAY 2022 ***
Performances set at the following level of meetings will automatically be considered without the requirement for an application form to be lodged:
1. Major championships (Olympic Games, World Championships, European Championships, Commonwealth Games).
2. All World Athletics badged events (World Athletics Continental Cup, World Athletics Relays, Diamond League meetings, World Athletics Continental Tour meetings, World Athletics Indoor Tour meetings, World Athletics Challenge meetings, World Athletics Combined Events Tour meetings) https://www.worldathletics.org/competition
3. All European Athletics badged events (European Team Championships, European Throwing Cup, European 10000m Cup, European Race Walking Team Championship meetings).
4. Scottish Athletics National Championships and Scottish Athletics National Indoor Open.
5. National Championships of a World Athletics Member Federation and USA National Collegiate AA (NCAA) Championships. National Championships of the Home Nations of the UK.
6. All International matches including a Scotland or GB&NI National Team.
To claim a Scottish record at a competition other than those stated above, the athlete must:
· Obtain a Scottish Record application form.
· Complete the paper work and obtain the relevant signatures and supporting documents.
· Forward the application to Scottish Athletics within 3 calendar months of the performance.
The Athlete/Coach/Parent, in co-operation with the Meeting Manager, is responsible for ensuring that all of the documentation is completed and shall send together with the official application form:
· The complete results of the event, including the wind speed reading (if applicable)
· The photo finish image (if applicable)
· The field card for the event (if applicable)
E) Procedure for Approval of Records
Performances are considered for approval by the Records Committee of the Track and Field Commission of Scottish Athletics. That Committee makes its nominations to the Commission for approved records to be recognised. The Commission makes the final decision at its quarterly Track and Field Commission meetings. Record lists are maintained and updated on the website of the Scottish Association of Track Statisticians (SATS), www.scotstats.net.
F) General Conditions for Records
1. The Record shall be made in a bona fide competition which has been duly arranged, advertised and authorised before the day of the event.
2. The athlete achieving the Record must have been eligible to compete under the Rules.
3. The Record shall be better than or equal to the existing Record for that event. If a Record is equalled, it shall have the same status as the original Record.
4. No performance shall be regarded as a Record until it has been ratified by Scottish Athletics.
5. Scottish Athletics will supply the official Record Certificate, for presentation to holders of National, Native and Age-Group Records.
6. If the performance is not ratified as a Record, Scottish Athletics will give the reasons.
7. For a Record to be recognised, the performance must be achieved under the specific conditions detailed in Rule C35 (formerly 264) S1 of the UKA Rules.
G) Mixed Gender Competition and Open Graded Competition *** UPDATED MAY 2022 ***
a) For senior and under-20 performances, the rules followed by British Athletics will be adhered to. Therefore, no performances set in mixed track races will be acceptable for records.
(b) For under-17, under-15 and under-13 performances, performances set in mixed races will be acceptable for records.
However, in open graded competition for races over 400 metres, the rules for the under-13 and under-15 age-groups must be followed. This means that no under-13 performances will be accepted as a record if there are under-17, under-20 or senior athletes in the field; and no under-15 performance will be accepted as a record if there are under-20 or senior athletes in the field.
For races up to and including 400m, this age group restriction will not apply. Events above 400m and not run in lanes will continue to have current age group restrictions applied for the protection of younger athletes.
In all cases, the Records Committee reserve the right to request further information on performances should they feel it is required and consider whether the meeting has been properly conducted under World Athletics and UK Athletics rules.
Note on Eligibility
To be eligible to represent Scotland an athlete must
(a) have been born in Scotland; or
(b) have either parent born in Scotland; or
(c) have continuously resided in Scotland for a period of 3 years immediately prior to the date of acceptance of eligibility by Scottish Athletics Ltd; or,
(d) have been declared eligible, selected for and competed for Scotland in an international whilst previously qualified under (a), (b) and (c) and have not since rendered him/herself ineligible by competing for another country, either in the UK or elsewhere.